A lot of the coverage regarding iOS has been in regards to iPadOS, and that’s a bit unfair. iOS 13 may not be “the new hotness” but Apple has still made many changes that we have been asking for.
One such change is a completely redesigned Share Sheet. This is how you share or perform various actions throughout iOS and Apple finally updated it. The feature got a much-needed facelift with iOS 13/iPadOS and the latest update has added additional functionality.
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What’s new with the iPadOS and iOS 13 Share Sheet
As we stated above, Apple introduced a completely redesigned share sheet with the launch of the iOS 13 and iPadOS. The share sheet now looks much cleaner and has finally rid itself of the old feel of the iOS 10 days.
With iOS 13, the share sheet has become “intelligent”, as it suggests your favorite contacts at the top. Then, we have a section for various apps such as AirDrop, Messages, Notes, and others.
Moving even further down (by dragging up), there is a slew of additional options, depending on which apps you have. For example, you can do things like copy a link, add it to a reading list, or open in your favorite Reddit application.
What’s missing with your Share Sheet?
A large source of frustration is that my friends and family live inside of Facebook Messenger or Google Hangouts. With this new “intelligent” share sheet, my iPhone is not “intelligent” enough to know that I don’t use the Messages application. That means that I am left finding the application in the suggested lineup below my Messages options.
With the initial release of iOS 13/iPadOS, another frustration was that all of the sharing options were lumped together. This made it extremely annoying when trying to share a link to something like Drafts or Things.
Share sheet Not working with iOS 13.4.1? Fix it now
Many users have reported that their share sheet feature does not work after updating to iOS 13.4.1. When trying to share anything from an app, it shows a blank screen without the share icons and freezes momentarily.
If you are having this issue, chances are that the WhatsApp app running on your device is causing this.
In order to fix this issue, Uninstall WhatsApp from your iPhone, reinstall it and remember to disable WhatsApp from Share sheet of the app.
As an example, here’s how to disable WhatsApp sharing from Safari
- Click on the share sheet icon from the bottom of a Safari session
- On the row of options to use to share, starting with AirDrop, tap on ‘More’ at the end of the row
- Tap on Edit at the top right corner
- Disable WhatsApp access from Sharesheet
When you use WhatsApp to chat with non-contacts ,WhatsApp tries to populate share sheet suggestions with non-contact chats and that appears to be the reason behind the share sheet freezing issue.
A quick fix is to enable screen lock in WhatsApp (FaceId etc.) as it disables share sheet suggestions.
How to Use the New Share Sheet in iOS 13 and iPad
Now that iPadOS and iOS 13 are available, Apple includes a few new features that make my life easier. When you open your share sheet, you now see a lot more options, and that’s good but also potentially confusing.
The first of these is the addition of new “sections” within your Share Sheet. There is now a section for your Favorite Actions, a section for the app that is currently open, and “Other Actions”. These are grouped together, while the sections are separated, making it easier to navigate when sharing.
The share sheet in iOS 13 and iPadOS now has three sections!
- An options dialog at the top
- The two-row apps panel including quick access to your recent Message app contacts and devices you recently AirDropped with
- An actions list. Depending on the app you use, you may need to scroll down to see all the options
Another HUGE addition is the ability to add Shortcuts to your Share Sheet Actions. This is one of those things that I never really thought about, but now that it is here, my excitement is through the roof.
How to create favorite Share Sheet Actions
As we’ve mentioned, Apple includes the new ability to have “Favorite Actions” accessible from the Share Sheet.
Instead of having to scroll through the myriad of options, you simply add your favorite ones and have them accessible at the top.
Here is what you need to do to edit your Share Sheet’s Favorite Actions:
- Open the app that you are trying to share from
- Tap the “Share” button
- Scroll down and select “Edit Actions…”
- Tap the “Plus (+)” icon next to the Actions you want to add
Conversely, if you can tap the “Minus (-)” button for any Actions that you want to have removed. As time goes on, you’ll be able to customize this and have it completely personalized for your needs.
Once completed, those actions appear based on the app that you are using, along with whether they are set as Favorites. Remember, these can change depending on what apps you have on your iPhone or iPad.
This, along with the additional 13 and iPadOS features, are just one of the reasons why I am beyond excited for this update.
Hopefully, Apple continues to surprise everyone and bring new features to the forefront in future releases. In the meantime, let us know what your favorite new features are with either iOS 13 or iPadOS.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.