Check out the redesigned share sheet in iOS 13 beta 5

Until the latest beta 5 developer, the iOS 13 sharing sheet has been a disaster. At the top is the truly excellent quick exchange queue, which automatically suggests sharing frequently used destinations: iMessage and email contacts, AirDrop destinations, etc. Then there was the familiar row of application icons.

However, below that came a long list of black and white labels, mixing all the other options to share, along with all their shortcuts. It was impossible to use. It also felt like a placeholder for a new user interface design.

Now, that new design has been added, and it's … OK. There is still no color difference for your shortcuts, and the list is still too long, but you can customize some sections. Let's take a look at the new sharing sheet options for iOS 13.

Share on iOS 13

  Start sharing sheet.
Start of sharing sheet.
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The sharing panel now consists of five sections:

  • The quick exchange panel.
  • The application submission row (open in another application, send by email, etc.).
  • Actions for the current application.
  • Favorites.
  • Everything else.

The top row (suggestions for sharing automatically) has existed since iOS 13 beta 1. The second row is more or less identical to the current iOS 12 sharing sheet. Both move horizontally, as now. However, the other sections are completely new and are shown as separate blocks in a new vertical scrolling list.

Actions for the current application

  The new sheet for sharing iOS 13 in Safari.
The new iOS 13 shared sheet in Safari.
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In the current version of iOS, the bottom row of the shared sheet is composed of the services provided by the application in use and by the operating system itself. Gets items such as Copy, Add Bookmark, Copy iCloud Link, etc. Some of these allow you to use functions from other applications while in the current application. And some applications will use this section to add their own custom options. Ferrite, a fantastic podcasting application, adds many icons in this row to allow you to export your audio in several ways.

On iOS 13, there is a section only for the options provided by the current application. The easiest way to see it is in the new editing mode:

  Customize your lists.
Customize your lists.
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This is the Safari share sheet on iOS 13. You can see only Safari options under the heading Safari. All will appear in the list. If you touch the small + green next to any of these actions, they will be added to your favorites, which is the top section of the new vertical scrolling list. When you add an action to favorites, it is removed from this section, so it does not appear twice in the list.


  Reorganize your favorite sharing options, including shortcuts.
Reorganize your favorite sharing options, including shortcuts.
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Favorites are at the top of this list, just below the top two horizontal rows of icons to share. You can add any item to favorites, including your own shortcuts. For example, I have a shortcut that resizes an image to 2,000 pixels wide, converts it to JPG and saves it to the clipboard. I use it to resize screenshots many times a day.

Now I can put this shortcut at the top of the custom share sheet and run it with one touch.

I have not tried to see if there is still an upper limit, but you can add many favorites. You can also rearrange them in any order. And there is another thing you should know about favorites. Only currently usable options are shown. My image reduction shortcut, for example, only works on images. Therefore, it will only appear when you share an image.

Everything else

  The sheet for sharing iOS 13 in Photos.
The sheet for sharing iOS 13 in Photos.
Photo: Cult of Mac [19659029] The lower section of the action sheet groups everything else. At the top are the actions of the applications and iOS itself. Below those are its shortcuts, in alphabetical order. If you press Edit you will see this:

  It is still a disaster.
It is still a disaster.
Photo: Cult of Mac

Some actions can be activated and deactivated. However, they are not shortcuts. They all appear, no matter how many you have. And because the color tags of your shortcuts are not used, it is even harder to find them. At least their icons are used, so be sure to assign good icons to your shortcuts.


The action sheet is now much better than in previous versions, but it is still much worse than in iOS 12. Favorites are great, as is the one-touch access to shortcuts . But these increases occur at the expense of clarity and ease of use.

The only obvious improvement is the new fast exchange queue, which is really fantastic. I guess we'll get used to the rest, but I hope there are more improvements before the final release.

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