Tuesday, May 19, 2015

How to share the media or Message Text with social apps in your android application

I was developing an android application to a customer. One of the requirement was to share some media and text with the installed social android apps like Google+, Email, Gmail, Facebook, Drive, Messaging, Whatsapp etc. Also to share the application recommendation message to these apps

In Android, you can share the text or the media with the social apps installed in your device.  We take the example of sharing a Predefined text.

I am using our Panchanga app to demonstrate it. In the application, I have added a menu item as “Share”. Here I am going to show only the required code. You can modify or include the below code according to your project

Creating Menu Item:

MenuItem share;

        public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {
               share = menu.add("Share");
        return true;

Note: share.png icon is added to the drawable folder. Now we will see how we can implement the onMenuItemClickListener:

public boolean onMenuItemClick(MenuItem menuItem) {
        if (menuItem == share) {
                       Intent sendIntent = new Intent();
                       sendIntent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_TEXT, "This is my text to send.");
               return true;


Here the system picks all the social apps installed in your device and show. You can select the required app to send. Here “This is my text to send.” is the text I am sending to other apps. You can add text or media as your requirement. Below are the images how it works:

If you want to share with only specific app instead of giving the selecting option to user, you can do that by using setPackage in your intent. Eg: If you want to share only with whatsapp, then:



 “com.Whatsapp” is the package name of the sharing app. You can use the required app there. That’s it. Happy Coding

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