What to do if I can't do what I need to do in Thunkable


I created an app in App Inventor, which is now on Play Store. I have recreated it in Thunkable but have some problems that I just can’t seem to get over:

  1. I need the app to show in Landscape
  2. I need sound files to play when a button is pressed, but they are not being added to the database in time.
  3. There are some strange things happening with layout which I can’t sort out.

I love the idea of Thunkable and want to come back to it, but in the meantime I really need to get the app published on iOS so that I can grow my business. Does anyone have any advice to help me do this? I’ve had a cursory look at AppMakr and know there are a few like this out there, but I’m not sure which way to turn that would be the best.

Here is a link to what I have created in Thunkable so far: https://x.thunkable.com/copy/439eabeba2bb64e06a7b6978ec9e8529

It should look like Memory Owl’s Times Tables on Play Store (it’s a paid App, but if anyone wants to have a look at it and then get their money back, that’s fine!) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=appinventor.ai_Susan_J_Lucas.MO_New_v13_copy&hl=es_NI

Any advice as to what I should do would be really gratefully received. Thank you!


Hello Susan,

1 - In the current version of Thunkable X, this can not be done. The user can only cancel the landscape mode lock in his phone’s settings.

2 - In my experiments, I was able to immediately play the desired sound when I clicked a button, but in your project it does not work for some reason. I put the Sound.Stop block before the block for modifying the file and playing it.

3 - I will look at this point.


You can write to your application that it is optimized for viewing in the landscape. On iPhone5 in landscape mode is displayed normally. The problem is different. If the user flips the pages back to the splash screen, then it does not go anywhere. To eliminate this situation, use the Tab Navigator navigation component which does not display shortcuts or put on the first screen a transparent full-screen button, when clicked on, it will go to the menu screen.

Thanks Alex.

I found a more or less suitable way to display the application in landscape on iPhone. On devices with a large screen, this will look terrible, since we do not have blocks to get the device sizes. Lock on your phone display in the landscape and see the application.


@Susan_Lucas - we are working on adding many features. I’m sorry everything isn’t available at this moment, but we hope to have it soon

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Hi everyone.

I have worked around the issues that I have encountered and have produced this app: https://x.thunkable.com/copy/41932b534c962957c1fefcabfb8039ab

My workarounds were as follows:

  • Landscape: I produced the app in portrait instead!
  • Button layout and sizing: I reverted to simple text buttons.
  • Sound issues (mainly not playing the correct file at a particular point in time): Instead of playing the sound when the button is clicked, I have a button that can be pressed to play the sound. This gives the database time to store the desired sound file.

Thanks for your help and advice!


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