Twitter for iPhone adopts native iOS share sheet over custom menu

Twitter has quietly added support for iOS 8’s native, customizable share sheet, replacing its own limited share menu previously used. Custom share sheet support enables users to send URLs and other items to various apps and services on iOS without ever leaving the Twitter app.

This multitasking feature has long been adopted in third-party Twitter clients on iOS including Tweetbot and Twitterrific, but Twitter restricts certain features like detailed interaction history to its own app.

Twitter version 6.32 for iOS appears to introduce support for the native share sheet for iPhone users in an update that only mentions “minor improvements” and the removal of the Discovery tab for the iPad version. Users can enable the native share sheet by long pressing on a URL or image.

The iPad version seems to still use Twitter’s limited share menu based on my testing, although the feature wasn’t immediately available on the iPhone version for me either.


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  1. Paul Douglas - 8 years ago

    The iPad version is a joke. Everything in the iPad version is behind the curve. Some of it’s a year or more out of date. It’s also interesting that Twitter claimed this update removed Discover. It had already been removed in another recent update. They are clearly ignoring the iPad version and letting it languish to such an extreme that they themselves don’t even know what’s in it and what isn’t. The Twitter iPad App is an embarrassment and I have a question: why am I the only one saying this?

    • BFSEsq - 8 years ago

      Agreed. I hate that they allow the iPad app to be so far behind. Last I saw, it doesn’t even support the new quoting style yet. And Tweetbot, a paid app, is also way behind, which leaves no good iPad options for Twitter.

      I feel like, in general, it’s become customary for developers to ignore the iPad versions. Everything has an Apple Watch app, though.

    • epicflyingcat - 8 years ago

      I hate it too, especially since I find myself browsing Twitter on my iPad more than any other device. Removing that discover tab felt like it was the first update it’s had in at least a year, and it made the app worse.

      • BFSEsq - 8 years ago

        “Let’s make sure we reconfigure this so that we have a unified brand. What? Adding new features? That can always be done later.”

  2. chrisl84 - 8 years ago

    “Open in Chrome”….eww

  3. Avenged110 - 8 years ago

    I don’t understand why these developers insist on hiding features (or other questionable changes) behind the most ambiguous changelog (if you can even call them that anymore). Sure, auto updates don’t help this, but so many of these companies refuse to just tell people what’s new. There’s no valid reason for this to be the case and only fosters my refusal to update things.

    • BFSEsq - 8 years ago

      Yeah, Facebook seemed to start this trend with their ridiculous changelog that always just says “we update the app every two weeks” bla bla without telling you what’s different. Because Facebook KNOWS that people will hate the changes. And since then I’ve seen quite a few apps do this. Frustrating.

    • Jared (@GunningGunny) - 8 years ago

      Twitter also “cleaned” the web browser when you opened links. When I click on links from 9to5Mac I now get a simple “9to5Mac” across the top instead of the full URL. Also, Twitter has added a card function to select accounts that tweet links and share Periscope broadcasts.

      • Avenged110 - 8 years ago

        Really don’t understand why even Safari on iOS doesn’t have a toggle to show the full web address like exists for OS X, especially with Safari on iOS gaining more option parity between it and OS X with iOS 8 and (particularly) 9.

      • BFSEsq - 8 years ago

        Then again, tapping the address bar on iOS Safari shows the full web address, no? I suppose it’s annoying when you can’t see all of it and you have to try to scroll, but idk if a toggle would fix that or not anyway.

        (We won’t even discuss how hard it is to scroll the cursor on iOS. Probably my biggest pet peeve.)

  4. Jason Herndon - 8 years ago

    How do I get AirDrop to recognize me by device like that?

  5. thanks for the info…..


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