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How to share text and Image on WhatsApp in iOS

Sharing text and Images on WhatsApp is now possible through Open URL Scheme (deep linking).

Send Text -

NSString * msg = @"YOUR MSG";
NSString * urlWhats = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"whatsapp://send?text=%@",msg];
NSURL * whatsappURL = [NSURL URLWithString:[urlWhats stringByAddingPercentEscapesUsingEncoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding]];
if ([[UIApplication sharedApplication] canOpenURL: whatsappURL]) {
    [[UIApplication sharedApplication] openURL: whatsappURL];
} else {
    // Cannot open whatsapp

Send Image -

– in .h file

@property (retain) UIDocumentInteractionController * documentInteractionController;

– in .m file

if ([[UIApplication sharedApplication] canOpenURL: [NSURL URLWithString:@"whatsapp://app"]]){

    UIImage     * iconImage = [UIImage imageNamed:@"YOUR IMAGE"];
    NSString    * savePath  = [NSHomeDirectory() stringByAppendingPathComponent:@"Documents/whatsAppTmp.jpg”];

    [UIImageJPEGRepresentation(iconImage, 1.0) writeToFile:savePath atomically:YES];

    _documentInteractionController = [UIDocumentInteractionController interactionControllerWithURL:[NSURL fileURLWithPath:savePath]];
    _documentInteractionController.UTI = @"net.whatsapp.image";
    _documentInteractionController.delegate = self;

    [_documentInteractionController presentOpenInMenuFromRect:CGRectMake(0, 0, 0, 0) inView:self.view animated: YES];

} else {
    UIAlertView * alert = [[UIAlertView alloc] initWithTitle:@"WhatsApp not installed." message:@“No WhatsApp installed." delegate:self cancelButtonTitle:@"OK" otherButtonTitles:nil];
    [alert show];

You need add these lines in .plist file for iOS 9:


How to show GPS strength value in iOS SDK

To show the signal strength of GPS we can use the properties of CLLocation like horizontalAccuracy and verticalAccuracy which indicate how accurate the device believes that location fix to be.

Here is some sample code -

if (someLocation.horizontalAccuracy < 0)
// No Signal
else if (someLocation.horizontalAccuracy > 163)
// Poor Signal
else if (someLocation.horizontalAccuracy > 48)
// Average Signal
// Full Signal

How to install “command line tools” with xcode 5.0.1

With Xcode 5.0.1 and Mavericks 10.9 the command line tools are no longer available via Xcode. There is only two ways to install command line tools.

1) Download directly from Apple developer downloads (

2) Using command line. Run this below command to install -

xcode-select --install

After you enter this command you’ll get a popup like below -


Just press Install and it will start downloading command line tools.. and you are good to go.

How to add UITextField in UIAlertView in iOS 7

For iOS 6 and below we have been adding UITextField in UIAlertView by adding a subview in UIAlertView. Something like below -

UIAlertView* dialog = [[UIAlertView alloc] init];
[dialog setDelegate:self];
[dialog setTitle:@"Enter ESC Score"];
[dialog setMessage:@" "];
[dialog addButtonWithTitle:@"Cancel"];
[dialog addButtonWithTitle:@"OK"];
dialog.tag = 5;

nameField = [[UITextField alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(20.0, 45.0, 245.0, 25.0)];
[nameField setKeyboardType:UIKeyboardTypeNumberPad];
[nameField becomeFirstResponder];
[nameField setBackgroundColor:[UIColor whiteColor]];
[dialog addSubview:nameField];
CGAffineTransform moveUp = CGAffineTransformMakeTranslation(0.0, 0.0);
[dialog setTransform: moveUp];
[dialog show];

But in iOS 7 Apple have changed things in UIAlertView class and not its not possible to add things in UIAlertView. Also as per the documentation its not a good idea to do so.

Fortunately Apple already have a functionality by which we can add a UITextField in the UIAlertView.

There is a property “alertViewStyle” for UIAlertView. We can set this style to get desired UIAlertView.

See this example -

UIAlertView *alertView = [[UIAlertView alloc] initWithTitle:@"Folder Name?" message:@"" delegate:self cancelButtonTitle:@"Cancel" otherButtonTitles:@"Ok", nil] ;
alertView.tag = 2;
alertView.alertViewStyle = UIAlertViewStylePlainTextInput;
[alertView show];

We can get this textfield in alert view’s delegate method like this -

- (void)alertView:(UIAlertView *)alertView clickedButtonAtIndex:(NSInteger)buttonIndex{

            UITextField * alertTextField = [alertView textFieldAtIndex:0];
            NSLog(@"alerttextfiled - %@",alertTextField.text);

// do whatever you want to do with this UITextField.

Here are supported UIAlertView styles.

A standard alert.

An alert that allows the user to enter text. The text field is obscured.

An alert that allows the user to enter text.

An alert that allows the user to enter a login identifier and password.

Hope this would help and save someone’s some grey hair.

Create a folder inside documents directory in iOS apps

NSArray *paths = NSSearchPathForDirectoriesInDomains(NSDocumentDirectory, NSUserDomainMask, YES); 
NSString *documentsDirectory = [paths objectAtIndex:0]; // Get documents folder
NSString *dataPath = [documentsDirectory stringByAppendingPathComponent:@"/MyFolder"];

if (![[NSFileManager defaultManager] fileExistsAtPath:dataPath])
    [[NSFileManager defaultManager] createDirectoryAtPath:dataPath withIntermediateDirectories:NO attributes:nil error:&error]; //Create folder