How to Change Up the iOS 8 Sharing Panel

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Apple has never liked people making changes to its mobile operating system. Since the days of iOS 1.0 (called iPhone OS back then), when you couldn’t even reorganize the icons, it’s been a struggle to get Apple to allow us to do anything to our phones they didn’t already do for us.

Luckily, this has changed with the release of iOS 8 and you can finally make some updates to the system. While changing keyboards is great, the big news in customization with this iOS version is definitely the ability to add and remove items from the sharing panel. Now you can add services like Pinterest and Evernote and hide sharing services that you never use.

Making these changes is actually pretty simple. Here’s how.

Apps for the Sharing Panel

Before getting into HOW you add apps to the iOS 8 sharing panel, it’s worth looking at WHAT apps you can add. All you have to do is install one of these apps and log in with your account information for them to show up in available sharing apps. Here are a few of the best and how to find them.

Sharing apps on More Ways to Share screen on iPhone

Pinterest – One of the most popular up-and-coming social media sites, Pinterest is a huge hit on the desktop, and thanks to this new sharing feature it’s bound to be even more popular. Add new pins to various boards with ease thanks to the updated Pinterest app.

Evernote – Easily one of the most useful apps on your iPhone, Evernote is even more useful now that you can easily clip websites to it. Instead of saving bookmarks, you can save the entire site to your Evernote with just a few taps.

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LinkedIn – If your favorite place to share updates and websites is LinkedIn, it’s now easier than ever to share with the professional networking site.

Day One – Probably the least-known app in this list, Day One is a journal app that promotes the idea of adding a journal entry every day. The new plugin helps make this even easier to remember and do.

Now that you know a few apps to add, here’s how to get them into your Sharing Panel.

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Adding Apps to the Sharing Panel

To get the process started you need to open the sharing panel, and the easiest way to do that is via Safari. Open the Safari browser on your iPhone or iPad and tap on the sharing button in the bottom toolbar (the one that looks like a box with an arrow coming out of the top).

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This should open up the sharing panel and you should now see a list of apps to share with, including Messages, Mail, Twitter, and Facebook. Scroll to the right until you see the More button and tap on it.

More button in iOS 8 sharing panel on iPhone

You should now see a screen titled “Activities.” This is where all the magic happens.

To start with, you can turn on or off any app you see listed. This means you can make OneNote and Evernote show in the list of available sharing apps, as well as curation apps such as ReadItLater and Pocket.

Activities screen on iPhone with apps listed

Finally, you can drag these apps in any order you want, so that the ones you share to the most are the most convenient to tap on. When you’re finished, just tap the Done button in the upper right corner. Now you should see only the sharing apps you want, in the order you want.

iOS 8 sharing panel on iPhone
With this complete, you’re good to go. Now, any app that allows you to share will have these sharing apps available. They are most notably visible in Safari, but other apps with iOS sharing enabled will have varying access to them as well.

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