Links, Photos, and other data can be shared through options: Messages, Mail, etc.

For example, if I am browsing images in the Photos app, I would like to the ability to click the share button and select WhatsApp from a list of apps, so that the photo can be forwarded to a contact. WhatsApp is not on the list and needs to be added said list and configured to accept photos.

How does one add WhatsApp as an option to the sharing list in all apps?

  • Are you talking about through the sharesheet? Jan 12, 2020 at 4:02
  • @user9950573 Great question: The term sharesheet is new to me. Is it available in IOS12 to configure downloaded apps for photo and other data types?
    – gatorback
    Jan 12, 2020 at 4:36
  • @ankii Yes, you are correct. We can roll-back the question and I pose a separate question if you would like to do that. I am sensing (but not certain) that only the application developer can add an app to the share list.
    – gatorback
    Jan 12, 2020 at 18:45
  • Yeah thanks! Just revisit history if you need specific text/ link.
    – anki
    Jan 12, 2020 at 18:55

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If the developer didn’t program the hooks to receive a forward, you cannot accomplish this. Contact the developer or choose another app that has that feature.

If the developer enabled this, the mechanics are easy to curate your list of share destinations:

  1. Tap share, swipe to the right end and tap “more” for shifting the order of apps, and also enabling/disabling them.
  2. Scroll towards the bottom and you'll see all apps that are allowed to use sharesheet.

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It’s possible a third things could happen, which would be corruption of the data store that holds your customizations. I would back up the device and then erase the device and install only WhatsApp to validate. Use the "three bar" icon to shift it in the list. If it doesn't appear, then seek assistance from Apple or hope restoring your full backup allows the addition.

  • This is a step in the right direction: is it possible to add an app to the Activities list shown in the screenshot?
    – gatorback
    Jan 12, 2020 at 15:43
  • not if the app doesn't support this. Scroll towards the bottom and you'll see all apps that are allowed
    – anki
    Jan 12, 2020 at 15:53
  • Ankii, is this iOS 12 or iOS 13?
    – nohillside
    Jan 12, 2020 at 15:58
  • iOS 12 @nohillside what did I miss ?
    – anki
    Jan 12, 2020 at 15:59
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    I’ve edited this a bit. If WhatsApp allows sharing but not on one specific device, the issue is corruption of the share preferences. Triage for that is erasing after a backup.
    – bmike
    Jan 12, 2020 at 17:07

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