Share Sheet - What's the difference between the two rows?

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by frou, Apr 27, 2018.

  1. frou macrumors 6502


    Mar 14, 2009
    You know the standard system share sheet? What's the difference between the upper and lower rows?

    In the following, for example, why is adding to Pocket designated by the app's proper icon... whereas adding to Things is a greyscale concept that goes on the lower row?

  2. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    The top row is a list of apps that can accept or open the document or data. The bottom comprises actions that you can perform on the data.
  3. frou thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 14, 2009
    Is that at the code API level? Because at the user level, this distinction gets murky fast.
  4. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    I don’t know. But I’m a user and all I see are apps in the top row and actions in the bottom row.
  5. popcorn-in-sac macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2008
    Seattle, WA area
    I agree. In the example provided, I see Apps in both rows, and Actions in both rows. Not clear at all.
  6. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    I don’t care what the difference is, I just look at it as 2 rows of actions I can take. Less to scroll through if it were just one row.
  7. ZEEN0j macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2014
    I’ve wondered this as well. I guess the top row is for sharing/sending mostly. Bottom row is an action with the data. Problem is app devs mix it up.
  8. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    I would guess the top row (below airdrop) is just a generic "open with" while the bottom one is an "action" row. Sometimes there are duplicated actions (doing the same thing).
  9. redman042 macrumors 68030


    Jun 13, 2008
    It's always been confusing for me. I've just had to memorize where to look for things, or poke around, to some degree.
  10. Apple blogger macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2013
    It depends on how app developer programs it. For eg. twitter, on a safari web page, twitter has both an app on the top row, and action on the bottom row.

    On the top row, it opens up the quick tweet in the app currently itself. Whereas, in the bottom row, it says “tweet link” which means It will copy the link in the tweet and let you tweet the whole link.

    It’s kind of stupid to have both, unless they both are different functions, but it’s there. It could be easily stream lined too if Apple wants it.

    There’s even whatsapp which has 2 apps on the top row, one landed whatsapp, second labled forward, it’s found when sharing something from the whatsapp app itself. It’s stupid cause both do the same thing, forward it..

    So it depends on the app developer.

    Main difference is, as pointed out in the first reply, the bottom row is actions, like copy, share, add, etc. top row is share or open in the app to edit etc.
  11. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    All the functions are extensions that can be leveraged by devs. The top row are your shared extensions and the bottom row is your action extensions.

    Shared extensions are generally used for....sharing. Shared is used in the sense of "shared with others" so you find social media, emails, messages, etc, etc....

    And like the name would imply, actions extensions are used for actions like saving an image, printing, copying, etc, etc...

    Somethings might not fit into either very well and fall in a grey area.

    However knowing that its shared and actions I think will help a lot of people get a better grasp on it. I keep my extension list fairly tidy, if there is something i will never use I remove it so I can get to the think I do use faster.

    EDIT: Nevermind @Shirasaki posted a link.

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