Custom URL scheme embedded in an SMS on iPhone
Has anyone been able to successfully embed a custom url scheme in an SMS (for example someApp://), such that the iPhone upon receiving the SMS creates a clickable link to launch an app?
There are various questions similar to this out here, however, I have not seen a working solution.
In general a custom URL scheme is the way to solve this problem. However, this is complicated by the fact that in iOS 5 (and up through iOS 5.1.1 based on my recent testing), Apple introduced a bug into their Messages app so that custom URLs received via SMS are not recognized as links.
You have to create URL scheme which starts with http, https or www. but http:// and https:// will not work in URL scheme, so If you want create a click able link, you have to set your URL scheme with www.
For eg. www.myapp then the link which can open your app will be www.myapp:// but in this case only www.myapp will be click able and :// will not be click able.
For this use this format for URL scheme
www.<characters1>.<characters2> www.my.app //example
Now use this format to open your app with click able URL:-
www.<characters1>.<characters2>://<anyThingYouWantToAppend> www.my.app://open //example
www..:// is enough to open your app, but we are appending anyThingYouWantToAppend to create click able URL.
In my case on iOS 6, the link is not blue if sent from a custom sender ie text instead of a number. As soon as we started using a shortnumber as sender instead of a custom name, it was recognized as a link.
Assuming you have defined a custom url scheme as someApp:// you create a link in an SMS as follows: