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Tutorial: How to add an iOS App Clip to a React Native App

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After releasing my Expo Config Plugin react-native-app-clip yesterday, I wanted to create a little tutorial on how to use it in the most straightforward case. All the details can be found in the package’s readme, but for some people, it might be valuable to see a step-by-step guide. This tutorial assumes you’re creating a brand new React Native app using Expo. It does not cover building for the App Store, I’ll covert this in a separate post.

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First, create a new Expo app and choose the blank (TypeScript) template.

expo init clipper -t expo-template-blank-typescript --npm

Then install react-native-app-clip:

expo install react-native-app-clip

Make sure that the plugin has been added to the plugins section of app.json:

"expo": {
    "plugins": ["react-native-app-clip"]
}

Within App.tsx, you can now use the boolean prop “isClip” to determine whether your app is running as an App Clip. For a simple demo, it could look something like this:

export default function App({ isClip }: { isClip: boolean }) {
    return (
        <View style={styles.container}>
            {isClip ? (
                <Text>AppClip</Text>
            ) : (
                <Text>Open up App.tsx to start working on your app!</Text>
            )}
            <StatusBar style="auto" />
        </View>
    );
}

Now run eas build:configure to create the eas.json configuration file in your project.

Next, you need to run the full app in the Simulator before you can run the App Clip (this is only true during development). expo run:ios

Now you’re ready to build the App Clip. Run expo run:ios --scheme and select the scheme that ends with “Clip”. Attention: After building, the Simulator will open the full app again. Within the Simulator, you need to go to the home screen and click on the “App Clip” icon next to your app’s icon.