How to use action extensions on iPhone and iPad

Action extensions, part of extensibility, let apps share their functionality with other apps. For example, you can use a 1Password action extension to login to your Twitter account from inside Tweetbot. You can use a Bing action extension to translate a web page inside Safari. You can use a PDF Expert extension to turn an article into a document. You can even use an app like Workflow to create your own, custom action extensions. All you have to do is turn them on, set them up the way you like, and then put them to use!

Note: Action extensions will show up in iOS 9 or later in Share sheet of any app that supports them. However, the Share sheet will only show action extensions that support the app's content type. For example, 1Password and Things will show up in Safari but not in the Photos app. Since most action extensions are available in Safari, that's the best place to enable, disable, or reorder them.

How to enable action extensions on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Safari on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 9 or higher.
  2. Navigate to any web page and tap on the Share button in the bottom navigation.
  3. Swipe left to scroll all the way through the bottom row of icons.

  4. Tap on the More button.
  5. Toggle On any action extensions you have that you'd like to use.
  6. Tap Done in the upper right hand corner to finish.

How to reorder action extensions on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Safari on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 9 or higher.
  2. Navigate to any web page and tap on the Share button in the bottom navigation.
  3. Swipe left to scroll all the way through the bottom row of icons.
  4. Tap on the More button.
  5. Touch and hold the grabber icon to the right of any extension and drag it up or down to reorder it.
  6. Tap Done in the upper right hand corner to finish.

How to access and use action extensions on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the app that contains the content you want to work with.
  2. Tap on the Share button.
  3. Choose the action extension you'd like to use.

In this example, I'm using 1Password to sign into my Mobile Nations account. What you see may be different depending on the kind of action you choose. Follow the directions you see on your screen.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about setting up and using action extensions on your iPhone or iPad? Put them in the comments and we'll help you out.