Share on Social Networks

iOS Android

Let your users share your app’s content on social media like Facebook and Twitter and use smart links to drive traffic back into your app.

Social network sharing

In the following sections we are going to learn how to share smart links using the operating system’s native share controllers.

Step 1: Sharing on social media

In this example, our app is a restaurant booking application where users can share with their friends where they are enjoying a nice meal. Share is done by using a smart link that redirects users to that specific restaurant inside the app.

Let’s start by creating a mobile deep link for this item using the Deeplink.deeplink method. This is necessary so the app knows what to do when some other user opens the app through the link. Next, we are going to encapsulate the deeplink inside a smart link using the generateSmartlink function.

Finally, we are going to share the post using Android Intent.ACTION_SEND. Thus, the user can pick the best Social Network app. Let’s have a look at the code needed to generate and share the smart link:

private void setupShareButton() {
  // would be the ID you would give to that button
  mShareButton = (Button) findViewById(;
  // Add a click event listener to generate smart links
  mShareButton.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
    public void onClick(View v) {
      HashMap routeParameters = new HashMap();
      routeParameters.put("restaurant_id", Integer.toString(mRestaurant.getId()));
      Deeplink restaurantDeeplink = Deeplink.deeplink("restaurant/:restaurant_id", routeParameters);
      // Generate the smart link based on a deep link
      Hoko.deeplinking().generateSmartlink(restaurantDeeplink, new LinkGenerationListener() {
        public void onLinkGenerated(String smartlink) {
          // Build the message together with the smart link
          String shareText = "Currently having dinner at " + mRestaurant.getName() + " and it's great! " + smartlink;
          Intent shareIntent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SEND);
          shareIntent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_TEXT, shareText);
          // And... it's ready! Let's present the share popup to the user
          startActivity(Intent.createChooser(shareIntent, "Share"));
        public void onError(Exception e) {

If the item shared through your app is also available on your website, we will automatically parse your website and attach any metatag available to the smart link, like og:image, og:description, image or any other present.

This way, when you include smart links in social media posts you can have extra data like thumbnails and descriptions. Make sure you have a Web platform and a Template configured. Check the documentation about templates to know more.

When the user opens your app through a smart link, it’s up to you to present the appropriate view within your app. You also have to define what are the deep linking routes that your app is going to support.

Route mapping with annotations

One way to start mapping your routes with HOKO is to use our simple and straightforward annotations at the beginning of your Activities and Fragments.

public class ProductActivity extends Activity {
  private int mProductId;
  public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    mProductId = getIntent().getIntExtra("product_id", 0);
    // Do something when deeplink is opened

Route mapping without annotations

If you wish to manage the deep linking mapping logic manually, all you have to do is to map each route with Hoko.deeplinking().mapRoute() and a DeeplinkCallback callback object.

Hoko.deeplinking().mapRoute("restaurant/:restaurant_id", new DeeplinkCallback() {
  public void deeplinkOpened(Deeplink deeplink) {
    String productId = deeplink.getRouteParameters().get("product_id");
    // Start the activity to show the item

You can find more information about Route Mapping in the documentation.

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