Apple redesigned the Share Sheet feature with iOS 13, which began rolling out to iPhone owners in September 2019. The revised Share Share allows iPhone owners to touch the Share icon within another app – like the Photos app , for example – and browse contacts with frequent messages and popular apps that support the media you’re trying to share.
So you can quickly send an image from the Photos app to a folder in Google Drive or drop it in a Microsoft Teams chat without switching between apps, for example. Since the Share icon – which looks like a small arrow flying out of the box – is found throughout the iPhone's operating system, this becomes a very powerful shortcut and should save you switching constantly.
When iOS 13 launched last year, the only suggested contacts and conversations you would find on the Share Sheet were those from Apple's own iMessage service. That's because third-party developers needed to update their applications to support the feature, which took some time. But in April 2020, WhatsApp finally added support for the feature on the iPhone … before removing it a few days later.
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Although WhatsApp has never confirmed exactly what went wrong, a prominent Twitter account @WABetaInfo, which tracks the latest changes to WhatsApp from the first beta versions to the final release, said support for Share Sheet was dropped so the company could urgently investigate "a problem that causes sharing to crash."
Here at Express.co.uk, we never had this problem when using the feature after the initial release, but it must have been very bad to implement the functionality so quickly. Fortunately, what was causing the problem was clearly resolved.
Interestingly, WhatsApp is making a great song and dance about the return of its Share Sheet feature. In the notes posted next to its latest software update, WhatsApp doesn't even recognize the feature. Instead, it highlights several other recent additions to the app, including the ability to add new contacts to the chat app using an automatically generated QR code in the messaging app.
He also states, "WhatsApp now supports animated stickers. You can find the first set of new animated packages at the sticker store."
When the sharing spreadsheet was first introduced in WhatsApp version 2.20.41 for iOS, WhatsApp stated: "On iOS 13, your WhatsApp contacts will now appear as suggestions on the sharing spreadsheet when you share content from another application". Although there is no mention in the notes, version 2.20.80 seems to restore useful functionality. So make sure you are running the latest version of the application and test it out.