iPhone users: Do you love or loathe Quick Share in iOS 13?
I know lots of people who rely on iOS 13 and iPad OS for their business, but they aren’t necessarily getting much from using the QuickShare feature.
So why is it there?
What’s wrong with QuickShare?
QuickShare is that first row of names you see when you open up the Share pane from within almost any app in iOS 13. It is populated by the names of people you have most recently communicated with by Messages and nearby AirDrop shares.
However, the way the Share sheet works is that the far more useful Apps panel, which productivity workers are more likely to need is pushed down the screen, while the potentially even more useful scrolling Actions list is hardly visible at all – you have to scroll to get to it.
So, if I want to take a web page, tap print, and spread my fingers in order to very quickly create a PDF and then share that with multiple people using an app, I need to scroll down the display to find the tools I need. It adds friction to what should be a relatively straightforward process.
That’s not the only problem. If you make a lot of calls and send lots of messages as part of your day job, then the QuickShare item quickly becomes useless. The people and names offered by the feature soon become unwieldy – and given the fast flow of business communications, irrelevant.
I’ve also encountered quite a few people who actively don’t want that list of names to be made visible.
One talent agent friend of mine hates it, as when she tries to share items on her iPhone, any person she happens to be near can see the celebrity names and numbers she has on her device. While we all know the iPhone is the most private and secure mobile device money can buy, it’s still enough to raise concerns about privacy.
‘If you don’t like the feature, you can turn it off’
Apple is usually good about keeping people at the center of the experience. These days you can even delete most of Apple’s pre-installed apps – but you can’t switch off QuickShare.
- You can’t edit it.
- You can’t set it to contain just your most useful contacts….