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There are buttons in the Starbucks app on iOS for redeeming free apps and if I long press on the button, it shows a URL like ua://75A6A5DC-D3BE-4056-9482-CEBCD5493F98. However, I don't know how to use the URL if I copy it. Safari won't navigate anywhere if I paste it in the address bar and press Go. If I just tap the button in the Starbucks app, it takes me to the App Store and automatically begins to redeem an app (presumably using a code embedded in, or retrieved from, the ua:// URL, but I'm not sure on that—just my hypothesis).

I have Googled and can't find any information on the ua URI. Can someone link me to documentation on what it means and how to use links like that?

  • If I had to guess, I think that's Urban Airship's URL scheme. Something must not be implemented properly on your device or the Starbucks app. I'd reach out to their support team. – JAL Jul 19 '16 at 13:08
  • @JAL Let me clarify the question to explain more in-app behavior. – jsejcksn Jul 19 '16 at 13:10
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When you click the button, iOS looks for an app that advertises itself as being able to handle ua://-URLs. Safari doesn't know how to do that, you'll need an app for that. I don't know if there's a way to find out which app responds to which URL schemes. See this developer article.

  • Let me clarify the question to explain more in-app behavior. – jsejcksn Jul 19 '16 at 13:11

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