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Monday, 26 March 2018

Swift 4 - Adding Admob Interstitial Ads to your iOS App

  1. Sign up for or sign in to Admob
  2. Add an App in Admob
  3. Add an Ad unit in Admob - Choose Interstitial. You can set ad type, frequency capping and eCPM floor under advanced settings
  4. You should now have an Ad Unit ID and App Id which will be used in displaying interstitial ads to the user
  5. In your code, create a file InterstitialAd.swift, it should have the following code:
      let adController = InterstitialAd()
      import GoogleMobileAds
      class InterstitialAd : NSObject, GADInterstitialDelegate {
        var testAdId = "ca-app-pub-3940256099942544/4411468910"
        var adId = "[YOUR AD UNIT ID GOES HERE]"
        var interstitial : GADInterstitial!
        func createAndLoadInterstitial() {
            interstitial = GADInterstitial(adUnitID: testAdId)
            interstitial.delegate = self
        // Load new interstitial on close so that adController 
        // is ready for the next time showAd is called
        func interstitialDidDismissScreen(_ ad: GADInterstitial) {
        func showAd(_ viewController: UIViewController) {
          if interstitial.isReady {
            interstitial.present(fromRootViewController: viewController)
  6. Add the following to your AppDelegate.swift file, it will configure the app for Admob ads and load the first interstitial so that it is ready to be displayed when you try to display the interstitial:
      import GoogleMobileAds
      class AppDelegate: UIResponder, UIApplicationDelegate {
        var appId = "[YOUR ADMOB APP ID GOES HERE]"
        func application(_ application: UIApplication, 
            didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: 
            [UIApplicationLaunchOptionsKey: Any]?) -> Bool {
          GADMobileAds.configure(withApplicationID: appId)
  7. From the view controller where you want to show your interstitial ad, make the following call:


For testing, you should use the testAdId as the adUnitID in InterstitialAd.swift, this is so that real ads are not displayed during testing. For release, switch to using adId.

... included for brevity in ApplicationDelegate.swift code above

Swift 4 - How to share messages and images

There are many benefits of enabling sharing within your application:
  • Free advertising for your app if users share from it on social media
  • Better user experience
  • Using recent iOS features to make the app feel more modern
The code for this is simple, when an event occurs that you would like to share on, you can call the following method:

  func share(_ message: String , shareImage: UIImage) {
    let share = [message, shareImage] as [Any]
    let activityViewController = UIActivityViewController(
      activityItems: share, applicationActivities: nil)
      .sourceView = self.view
    self.present(activityViewController, animated: true, 
      completion: nil)

Friday, 23 March 2018

Swift 4 - The app's Info.plist must contain an NSCameraUsageDescription key

As of iOS 10, some features require an entry in the Info.plist before access will be allowed. This is for privacy purposes.

You can read more about this setting on Apple's developer website.

To solve this issue add the following to your Info.plist:
 <string>[why you need camera access]</string>