3D Digital Artist & Unity Developer

Share an image calling external apps on Unity for Andorid

While learning Unity3D and developing my indie game for Android – Makura – last week, I was trying to set up a button to take a screenshot and share the image opening the default list of Android of the current social apps installed on the device.

I have been stuck for a while, getting errors using AndroidJavaClass and AndroidJavaObject on Unity to call the Java classes of Android.

Once I solved the problem I wanted to share the code on my blog, because I couldn’t find anywhere a solution.

The exact problem was including the jpg of the screenshot as uri for the EXTRA_STREAM parameter of the Intent java object, and let it open properly with other apps.

Below the code in C#:

//instantiate the class Intent
AndroidJavaClass intentClass = new AndroidJavaClass("android.content.Intent");

//instantiate the object Intent
AndroidJavaObject intentObject = new AndroidJavaObject("android.content.Intent");

//call setAction setting ACTION_SEND as parameter
intentObject.Call<AndroidJavaObject>("setAction", intentClass.GetStatic<string>("ACTION_SEND"));

//instantiate the class Uri
AndroidJavaClass uriClass = new AndroidJavaClass("android.net.Uri");

//instantiate the object Uri with the parse of the url's file
AndroidJavaObject uriObject = uriClass.CallStatic<AndroidJavaObject>("parse","file:///sdcard/expl.jpg");

//call putExtra with the uri object of the file
intentObject.Call<AndroidJavaObject>("putExtra", intentClass.GetStatic<string>("EXTRA_STREAM"), uriObject);

//set the type of file
intentObject.Call<AndroidJavaObject>("setType", "image/jpeg");

//instantiate the class UnityPlayer
AndroidJavaClass unity = new AndroidJavaClass("com.unity3d.player.UnityPlayer");

//instantiate the object currentActivity
AndroidJavaObject currentActivity = unity.GetStatic<AndroidJavaObject>("currentActivity");

//call the activity with our Intent
currentActivity.Call("startActivity", intentObject);

I hope this could help someone else!

Don’t hesitate to leave me a comment with your experiences or questions!


UPDATE 13 MAY 2014


Finally I had the time to make an example project for this utility.

I’ve heard that some of you had troubles to make it work, so I decided to create a kind of tutorial and share it so you can download it and test it!

My computer runs Windows 7 64bit, Unity Free 4.3.4f1, Java jdk1.7.0_55 and jre7.

At the moment the code is working perfectly, inside the zip file you can find “ShareTest.apk” to test the example on your device.

I really hope to help and make many people happy as, I wasn’t expecting this, but it seems that simple plugins like this are still sold! (Why am I sharing this, so?!!!)

Guys, let me know if you have still troubles! 🙂

Sharing Example Code - in Unity for Android

Sharing Example

For Windows users: be sure you have JDK and JRE installed ( link ) and that the JAVA_HOME and Path are correctly set up ( if you don’t know what I’m talking check here ore here)


UPDATE 27 AUG 2014


I’ve published the demo on Google Play and removed the apk inside the zip, you can install it to see how it works:

Sharing content (Unity demo) - Google Play





Grant the Writing Access to External (SDCard) in PlayerSettings, otherwise you won’t be able to share pictures.

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  1. tribio 28 March 2017 — Post Author

    Hi Alejandro, no it doesn’t 🙂

  2. Alejandro Manzano Diaz 28 March 2017

    Hi, I have a question, your code receive a callback when you share it?

  3. Jason 21 February 2017

    You can also share your screenshot with some extra data (your app name/icon)

  4. tribio 24 January 2017 — Post Author

    Hi Sajid,
    no, unfortunately this is it.
    Some apps share also the text, some others don’t.
    For example, on facebook, if you want to share also the text you have to use the facebook plugin for unity.
    Good luck! 🙂

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