Quick Tip Tuesday: iOS Share Extensions

Welcome to a new series on The Class Nerd: Quick Tip Tuesday. I hope to offer a bit of useful information on how to use technology once a week. This will range from troubleshooting to getting work done faster. I hope you enjoy!

Last week I posted a long post about how I get work done on my iPad. I got a lot of great response from teachers excited about understanding the capabilities of their iPads more. With that in mind, I decided to write my first Quick Tip Tuesday about one of my favorite features Apple added to its devices with iOS 8: share extensions.

Since the dawn of the App Store in 2008, apps have been sandboxed (kept completely separate from each other) and unable to really share information between each other easily...until iOS 8 launched in September of last year. Now through the system share sheet, you can pin a website from Safari to Pinterest. You can save an article to Pocket, or even directly input a password from 1Password.

To access the share sheet, look for this icon in any app:

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In order to allow apps to access shared information, you will need to turn on their share extension. To do this, scroll to the right until you see the more button:

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From there you can turn on any app that can accept that particular type of information.

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Each app will generally have its own unique sharing screen to help you get your info into the right place. This is Pinterest's:

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I use extensions all of the time, and often make decisions on what apps to purchase based on if they have these extensions enabled because it makes my experience working on iOS so much more convenient. Some of my favorites are:

Extensions have revolutionized how I use iOS, and I hope you are able to make good use of them as well.