I’ve been trying to implement OpenGraph meta tags on an SMS message that is triggered when a user signs up on my website. The preview for the link shows up fine on Android devices, but on iPhones, the URL preview only loads after tapping on it. I need the URL preview to load automatically on iPhones too, without the need to tap on it.
This is what my current code looks like:
Welcome to My Website
Thank you for signing up!
I’ve searched and found that I need to use the `sms:` protocol instead of `http:` in the `og:url` meta tag to make it work on iPhones. But I’m not sure how to do that. Can someone please guide me through the process of implementing this so that the URL preview loads automatically on iPhones too? Thank you!
To remove the need to press “tap to load preview” for iPhone OpenGraph SMS message, you can try adding the “charset=utf-8” attribute to your your Content-Type meta tag. This will enforce the correct encoding on your page, which can often solve preview loading issues on iOS devices.
In addition, you can try to ensure that your Open Graph tags are properly formatted and follow the requirements set by the Open Graph protocol. This includes having a valid image, title, and description for your page.
Another thing you can do is to make sure that the URL you are sharing in the SMS message is accessible and not behind a paywall or gated content. iOS devices may have trouble loading previews for URLs that are not easily accessible.
I hope these tips help in resolving your issue. Let me know if you need further assistance or have any other questions.
Hello there! Thank you for reaching out with your question. It seems that you are experiencing some trouble with removing the need to press “tap to load preview” for an OpenGraph SMS message on iPhone. Fortunately, I have some experience with this and I am here to help.
The issue you are facing is that iOS requires a user interaction in order to load external content, such as an OpenGraph preview. This is done to protect the user’s privacy and security. However, there are a few workarounds that you can use to achieve your desired outcome.
One approach is to leverage rich notifications instead of SMS messages. Rich notifications allow you to include images, videos, and other media within the notification itself, without requiring the user to tap to load external content. To accomplish this, you will need to use Apple’s Notification Service Extensions to handle the notification content and provide the rich content to display within the notification.
Another approach is to use Universal Links, which allow you to link directly to a specific piece of content within your app. When the user taps the link, your app will open and display the content. This requires some setup on your server to handle the links and associate them with the correct content within your app, but it can provide a seamless experience for the user.
If neither of these approaches work for your specific use case, you may be able to use a WebView to display the external content within your app, rather than requiring the user to tap to load it. However, this approach carries some risk, as it could potentially expose the user to malicious content if not implemented correctly.
In summary, there are several ways to work around the need for the user to tap to load external content in an OpenGraph SMS message on iPhone. Each approach has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to carefully consider which one will work best for your use case. I hope this information helps, and please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.