The Hidden Functions of Share (Action)

Your iPhone apps will have many hidden functions that are accessed using the Share icon.  It makes the Share icons somewhat magical.  Magic can occur when you tap Share.

Many of the apps on your iPhones and iPad will prominently place the Share icon on the upper or lower bar of the screen.  At the Senior Tech Club, we reference this icon as the Share icon, its traditional name.  More recently Apple has been referring to the icon as the Action icon to better reflect its expanding role.

Where to Find the Share Icon

Here are examples of the Share icon found on some of your favorite apps.

As a hidden nugget on your iPhone, when you wish to perform an action in the app you are using, start with the Share icon.  Get to know the common actions available in the apps that you use.  Common examples would be sharing information with another person or another app, printing, saving, copying, finding and more.


Common Examples of Share Action

Different apps will present different actions.  However, here are common examples as found in the Safari web browser:

1 Share with another nearby users via AirDrop

2 Share information with another app.  Example:  Send information with a text or email.

3 Perform an App function like print, copy, save actions.


The Share/Action icon contains a number of hidden functions including sharing information with other people and apps and performing actions like print, copy, save and more.  Tap the Share icon to explore those functions in your favorite apps.


Take some time to explore and get to know the Share actions with the apps that you use.  There are so many hidden functions available.


No Setup necessary


Requires IOS: 9+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

Senior Tech Recipe #015 Six Common Shared Icons with Shared Purpose and Shared Tasks

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this nugget:

iPhone User Guide  Look for instruction under the individual apps.