iOS9: canOpenURL returning false for WhatApp's url scheme

In my current project I need to share text on whatsapp from iOS app.

Here is my code to share text on whatsapp:-

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  • NSURL *whatsappURL = [NSURL URLWithString:@"whatsapp://send?text=Hello%2C%20World!"];
    if ([[UIApplication sharedApplication] canOpenURL: whatsappURL]) {
    [[UIApplication sharedApplication] openURL: whatsappURL];

    but canOpenURL always returning false in iOS9.

    Is there any iOS9 privacy policy ?
    Can anyone help me out.

    Thanks in advance.

    4 Solutions Collect From Internet About “iOS9: canOpenURL returning false for WhatApp's url scheme”

    In iOS 9 you must whitelist any URL schemes your App wants to query in Info.plist under the LSApplicationQueriesSchemes key (an array of strings):

    For example:

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    So in your case, instead of fb and twitter you will have to specify whatsapp.

    Note that this mechanism only applies to canOpenURL and not openURL. You do not need to have a scheme listed in Info.plist to be able to open it with openURL.
    Hope that helps.

    Step:1 Add LSApplicationQueriesSchemes in Info.plist

    Step:2 Add whatsapp in items

    In addition to @z22’s answer if you need to add it textually (e.g. with Xamarin) then it looks like this:


    For me the issue was because I was using URL types instead of LSApplicationQueriesSchemes

    and it work only for LSApplicationQueriesSchemes

    This will not work

    URL types

    This will work