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Launch screen is a screen that displays while your app launches.
A launch screen's sole purpose is to reduce the launch time by showing part of the UI while the app is loading.
Here is an example of a launch screen for the Safari app. As you can see, a launch screen mimics what users will see once the app is fully loaded.
What if your app supports deep links, and the first screen is changed based on the URL Scheme? Which screen should you use for the launch screen?
Luckily, in iOS 14, you can have multiple launch screens which show up based on the URL scheme you supported.
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To support multiple launch screens, you need to use Launch Screens (
UILaunchScreens) key instead of
UILaunchScreen (Info.plist launch screen) or
UILaunchStoryboardName (Storyboard launch screen).
To define multiple launch screens:
- Remove unused launch screen key. It can be either
UILaunchStoryboardName. This should avoid conflict and confusion that might occur.
- Add Launch Screens (
UILaunchScreens) key. This is a dictionary with three keys.
- Launch Screen Definitions (
- Default Screen Identifier (
- URL to Launch Screen Associations (
Let's see what each key is all about.
Launch Screen Definitions (
UILaunchScreenDefinitions) is an array of all of your supported launch screens.
You put each screen in the form of a dictionary. You use the same structure that you use to define a launch screen in
The only difference is you need to add Identifier (
UILaunchScreenIdentifier) key that uniquely identifies the screen.
In this example, I create three launch screens with a different background color.
Default Screen Identifier (
UIDefaultLaunchScreen) key is quite straightforward. You put the identifier of the launch screen you want to use as a default one here.
In this example, I choose "BlueScreen" as the default launch screen.
URL to Launch Screen Associations (
UIURLToLaunchScreenAssociations) key is a dictionary that map between a URL scheme and a launch screen you want to use.
Let's say I have three URL Schemes, red, blue, and green.
I can map them to different launch screens with this dictionary.
Here is the final result.
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