iOS Sharing without an App

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Not too long ago, a few of us on Twitter mused about getting rid of certain social media apps on our phones. They’re a distraction or they promote unhealthy habits.

One Twitter user mused about the effects of losing such apps. What about pictures on your phone.

As it turns out, iOS 8 has an unintended feature with the new Share Sheets sharing extensions. Here’s an article about how Share Sheets work. An unintended side effect is that once an app is installed and customizes the Share Sheet, you can delete the app and the sharing function still works. (At least for Facebook.)

Here’s how a Facebook-less iOS install “shares” to an app.

1) First, select a picture from your photo roll.
A picture on my photo roll, yet it is black.

2) Then, choose the picture by selecting the checkmark at the lower right hand corner.
Selecting a photo to share in iOS 8

3) Finally, in the Share Sheet, select the app you want to send the picture to.
Select the app where you want to share your image

4) Done.

tl;dr If there is an app icon in the iOS Share Sheet, you can share an image to that app even if the app is not currently installed on your phone.


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