Welcome to PocketWGU

PocketWGU is the unofficial mobile application for use by students of Western Governors University. Created for, and by, the students of WGU, this app provides access to the online communities, learning resources, and student program information of WGU. PocketWGU is available for iOS (Phone & iPad), Android devices (phones, tablets & Kindle Fire), and on Windows Phone. PocketWGU is free and does not contain ads.

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44,976 PocketWGU users according to...

PocketWGU and Android Marshmallow (6.0)

Marshmallow goodness...  Starting with Android 6.0, there's a new system for requesting permissions from users at runtime.  This is good for users (which we are) but a pain for developers (which we also are).  Anyhoo, with PocketWGU 2.0.32, we've tried to update the app to respect the new permissions system.  If there are any WGU students already using Android 6 (or "M" preview) out there, please give it a try and let us know if it works for you.  The app should function without change on any previous version of Android.

More detail:  PocketWGU only requests two permissions:  access to the network (INTERNET), and access to external storage (WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE).  Under Android 6.0, all apps receive network access without asking.  Accessing external storage; however, does require permission.  So, if you run the app on Android 6, you will be prompted to provide this permission when going to "My Saved Files", choosing to download a video, or when attempting to download any file (e.g. PDF) from the CoS.  If you deny the permission, PocketWGU will prompt again if you attempt to use one of those features again.  Once you grant the permission in any of those places, you won't be prompted again.

Fix for the CoS Display -- On its way!

Howdy All,

Sometime this past week WGU introduced changes to the student portal for some users.  Not everyone will have seen these, but for those who did, it had the nasty side effect of breaking the Course of Study (CoS) display in PocketWGU.  Sorry about that!  Anyhoo, we've released a new version of PocketWGU for all platforms to fix this, and these should be available sometime today.  If you're having this problem, be sure to update:

  • For Android and FireOS:  version 2.0.24 was released on April 21, 2015
  • For iOS (iPhone/iPad):  version 1.8.8 was released on April 25, 2015
  • For Windows Phone:  version was released on April 25, 2015


Another Year Goes By... PocketWGU Turns 4

Howdy All!  Just noticed on the calendar that another milestone is upon us.  Today marks the 4th birthday of PocketWGU, originally announced on the WGU Community site on this day in 2011.  Here's hoping that anyone around for that announcement has long since graduated!  Time for some cake...

PocketWGU for iOS Crashing on Data Load or Refresh?

There's a bug in PocketWGU for iOS versions 1.8.4 and 1.8.5 (mea culpa!) that, for some users, will cause the app to crash when loading new data, or when performing a full refresh.  Gaak!  We've made the fix (we hope!) in version 1.8.6, and submitted this to Apple for it's review on the 13th.  It should be available as soon as Apple performs its review.  Now, we're not one's to cry "Post hoc, ergo propter hoc." but we can't help noticing that the 13th was, in fact, a Friday.  ;-(  Sorry for the inconvenience!

So, about this "Social Network" thingy...

PocketWGU was first brought into the world on the WGU Community site (nearly four years ago!) so one can argue that it's no stranger to the "social" thingummies.  We've had a page on Google+ since, well, since there was a Google+ to have pages on.  We were a bit late to the game in joining Twitter, but we're there too.  Recently, we heard about some site that hosts a book of faces, and since we like our new face, we figured that might worth a try too.  Bottom line, PocketWGU is really not anti-social...


When it rain it pours...

Hot on the heals of our major new release (and subsequent bugfix), WGU has made some changes to the Community site that breaks all versions of PocketWGU (as well as community access from the student portal home page).  Anyhoo, version 2.0.17 is out for Android with the fix.  A new release for iOS (1.8.4) has been submitted to Apple for their review and will (hopefully) appear in the next few days.

And now, for something completely different...

PocketWGU for Android 2

PocketWGU for Android 2


Super secret, next version of PocketWGU for Android

Update: 12/21/2014: PocketWGU for Android 2 (211) enters beta testing.  Email us to sign up.

Update: 11/6/2014: Fourth alpha verson (204) is available for testing.  New video subsystem.

Update: 11/2/2014: Third alpha verson (203) is available for testing.  Updates for tablet UI.  Send us an email if you want in.

Update: 10/12/2014: Initial alpha verson is available for testing.  Send us an email if you want in.

Using PocketWGU on Android? Better update!

Howdy!  The nice folks at WGU have made a major change to the Student Portal to dramatically improve the speed and reliability of getting your Degree Plan information.  They've done an AWESOME job.  I won't bore you with the details, most of which are behind the scenes, but the new system is much more performant.  On the downside, this did break the "Courses" part of PocketWGU.  On the upside, fixing PocketWGU to use the new portal was a breeze because of the great job WGU IT did.  The new version of PocketWGU for Android, 1.9.10, is available now on both Google Play and the Amazon Market.  We strongly recommend that ALL users upgrade to this new version:  it's the ONLY version of PocketWGU for Android that will continue to provide updated course/degree information.  Thanks!

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