Xamarin.Essentials

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Xamarin.Essentials provides developers with cross-platform APIs for their mobile applications.

Android, iOS, and UWP offer unique operating system and platform APIs that developers have access to all in C# leveraging Xamarin. Xamarin.Essentials provides a single cross-platform API that works with any Xamarin.Forms, Android, iOS, or UWP application that can be accessed from shared code no matter how the user interface is created.

Get Started with Xamarin.Essentials

Follow the getting started guide to install the Xamarin.Essentials NuGet package into your existing or new Xamarin.Forms, Android, iOS, or UWP projects.

Feature Guides

Follow the guides to integrate these Xamarin.Essentials features into your applications:

  • Accelerometer – Retrieve acceleration data of the device in three dimensional space.
  • App Information – Find out information about the application.
  • Barometer – Monitor the barometer for pressure changes.
  • Battery – Easily detect battery level, source, and state
  • Clipboard – Quickly and easily set or read text on the clipboard.
  • Compass – Monitor compass for changes.
  • Connectivity – Check connectivity state and detect changes.
  • Data Transfer – Send text and website uris to other apps.
  • Device Display Information – Get the device's screen metrics and orientation.
  • Device Information – Find out about the device with ease.
  • Email – Easily send email messages.
  • File System Helpers – Easily save files to app data.
  • Flashlight – A simple way to turn the flashlight on/off.
  • Geocoding – Geocode and reverse geocode addresses and coordinates.
  • Geolocation – Retrieve the device's GPS location.
  • Gyroscope – Track rotation around the device's three primary axes.
  • Launcher – Enables an application to open a URI by the system.
  • Magnetometer – Detect device's orientation relative to Earth's magnetic field.
  • MainThread – Run code on the application's main thread.
  • Maps – Open the maps application to a specific location.
  • Open Browser – Quickly and easily open a browser to a specific website.
  • Orientation Sensor – Retrieve the orientation of the device in three dimensional space.
  • Phone Dialer – Open the phone dialer.
  • Power – Obtain the device's energy-saver status.
  • Preferences – Quickly and easily add persistent preferences.
  • Screen Lock – Keep the device screen awake.
  • Secure Storage – Securely store data.
  • SMS – Create an SMS message for sending.
  • Text-to-Speech – Vocalize text on the device.
  • Version Tracking – Track the applications version and build numbers.
  • Vibrate – Make the device vibrate.

Troubleshooting

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API Documentation

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