Accessing the Tools Using a Smartphone or Tablet

Introduction

Lots of rebels do not have access to a computer and instead rely on a smartphone or tablet to do their XR work. While the tools are designed primarily for use with a computer, they can also be accessed by a mobile device either by downloading an app or by using an ordinary web browser.

This guide aims to explain:

  • How to access the tools using an app (if one exists) and the device's browser
  • Any key differences between the mobile and the desktop versions of the tool

The guide assumes that you are using either an Apple or Android device. If you are not then you are unlikely to have an app that you can download but the browser approach should still work.

Note: Before following the steps below you must already have an account set up on the Hub. To do this please follow the steps outlined in this guide.

Mattermost

Note: For a detailed explanation of Mattermost please read this document.

Accessing via the app

Note: A common mistake rebels make is that they assume that all they need to do to "get on Mattermost" is to download the app. This won't work. Instead you should follow the instruction in this guide. They should work perfectly well in your device's browser.

To access Mattermost via the app you need to:

  1. Install Mattermost from either the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store
  2. Open the app. You will see a screen that looks like this:

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  1. Enter https://organise.earth and click Connect
  2. Enter your username and password and click Sign in

Accessing via the browser

To access Mattermost using your browser you need to:

  1. Navigate to https://organise.earth by entering it into the URL bar
  2. Enter your username and password and click Sign in

Key differences with desktop app

Switching teams and channels

To switch between teams and channels using either the app or browser you need to click the three-line icon at the top left of the screen (circled in red below):

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UK Forums

Note: For more information about UK Forums please read this page.

Accessing via the app

To access UK Forums via the app you need to:

  1. Install Discourse Hub from either the Google Play Store or Apple App Store

  2. Open the app. You will see a screen that looks something like this:

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  1. Click + Add your first site

  2. Enter base.extinctionrebellion.org.uk. You will then see a screen that looks like this:

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  1. Click connect (circled in red)

  2. Follow the remaining instructions to log in using your username and password

Accessing via the browser

To access UK Forums via the browser:

  1. Navigate the base.extinctionrebellion.org.uk using the URL bar
  2. Enter your username and password and log in

UK Cloud

Note: For more information about UK Cloud please read this page.

Accessing via the app

To access UK Cloud via the app you need to:

  1. Install the Nextcloud app from either the Google Play Store or Apple App Store

  2. Open the app. You will see a screen that looks like this:

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  1. Click Log in (circled in red). You will then be taken to a screen like this:

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  1. Enter https://cloud.extinctionrebellion.uk in the URL field (as shown above) then click Log in

  2. Click Log in one additional time and you should now see this screen:

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  1. Either enter your username and password and click Log in or alternatively you can click Log in with XR UK Hub to use your hub credentials

Accessing via the browser

To access UK Cloud via the browser:

  1. Navigate to https://cloud.extinctionrebellion.uk via the URL bar
  2. Enter you username and password and click Log in or click Log in with XR UK Hub to log in with your hub credentials

Key differences with desktop app

Editing office documents

Although it is possible to read office documents on your mobile device it is unfortunately not possible to edit them as this is restricted by ONLYOFFICE's licensing requirements. This applies both to the app and in the browser.

The simple text editor provided by Nextcloud, however, works well so we encourage using this over an office document where possible.

If you absolutely must be able to edit office documents stored in the cloud then you can: download the files to your device, edit them with an external tool (e.g. Google Docs, Microsoft Office), then re-upload them. Take care when doing this though as using these tools will effectively destroy many of the security guarantees that you get from using UK Cloud.

Vault

Note: For more information about the Vault please read this page.

Note: Before following along with this section you need to have already created an account on the Vault. See this page for instructions on how to do this.

Getting access

To access the Vault on your mobile device you need to:

  1. Install Bitwarden from either the Google Play Store or Apple App Store

  2. Open the app. You will see a screen that looks like this:

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  1. Click on the gear icon in the top-left of the screen (circled in red), this will bring up a screen that looks like this:

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  1. Enter https://vault.extinctionrebellion.uk in the Server URL field (red box) and then click Save (circled in red)

  2. Click Log in

  3. Enter your username and master password and click Log in