Instance Method


Tells the delegate that the data for continuing an activity is available.


optional func application(_ application: UIApplication, continue userActivity: NSUserActivity, restorationHandler: @escaping ([UIUserActivityRestoring]?) -> Void) -> Bool



The shared app object that controls and coordinates your app.


The activity object containing the data associated with the task the user was performing. Use the data to continue the user's activity in your iOS app.


A block to execute if your app creates objects to perform the task. Calling this block is optional and you can copy this block and call it at a later time. When calling a saved copy of the block, you must call it from the app’s main thread. This block has no return value and takes the following parameter:


An array of UIResponder objects representing objects you created or fetched in order to perform the operation. The system calls the restoreUserActivityState: method of each object in the array to give it a chance to perform the operation.

Return Value

true to indicate that your app handled the activity or false to let iOS know that your app did not handle the activity.


The app calls this method when it receives data associated with a user activity. For example, when the user uses Handoff to transfer an activity from a different device.

Use this method to update your iOS app so that the user can continue the activity from where they left off. If you do not implement this method or if your implementation returns false, iOS tries to create a document for your app to open using a URL.

Calling the block in the restorationHandler is optional and is only needed when specific objects are capable of continuing the activity.

This method is not called if either application(_:willFinishLaunchingWithOptions:) or application(_:didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:) returns false.

For more information on Handoff, see Handoff Programming Guide.

Handling Activities from SiriKit

This method is called whenever your app is launched to handle a SiriKit intent. Update your app's user interface based on the userActivity parameter. Your app should seamlessly continue the interaction that began in Siri.

By default, the intent provides an NSUserActivity object whose interaction property contains both the originating intent and your response. You can add additional, app-specific information by creating a new NSUserActivity object in your intent's confirm or handle method, and adding your data to the activity's userInfo dictionary.

When continuing activities from SiriKit:

  • Look for the intent specified in the interaction property. Resume handling this intent in your app.

  • Avoid accidentally repeating actions (such as making double payments). For example, check the INInteraction object's intentResponse property to see if the action has already been completed.

Intents may launch your app under the following circumstances:

  • Some intents always launch the app after the intent is successfully handled (for example, intents with a continueInApp response code).

  • Your intent's handle and confirm methods launch the app when you resolve the intent with a failureRequiringAppLaunch (or similar) response code.

  • The user can always decide to launch the app at any point in a Siri transaction.

See Also

Continuing User Activity and Handling Quick Actions

func application(UIApplication, willContinueUserActivityWithType: String) -> Bool

Tells the delegate if your app takes responsibility for notifying users when a continuation activity takes longer than expected.

func application(UIApplication, didUpdate: NSUserActivity)

Tells the delegate that the activity was updated.

func application(UIApplication, performActionFor: UIApplicationShortcutItem, completionHandler: (Bool) -> Void)

Called when the user selects a Home screen quick action for your app, except when you’ve intercepted the interaction in a launch method.