How to improve user experience with React Native

July 18, 2022

Tags: Technologies, Tech Trends

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React Native is an open source technology developed by Facebook to build native, cross-platform mobile apps from the same code base written in JavaScript and React.


What does this mean? This solves the typical problem of creating an app, which can run on both Android and iOS, without having two separate projects in two programming languages, something that has become typical in app development.


React Native allows you to create mobile applications using React but it is not the same React for the web but a React focused on apps, this means that when you develop, although you can use many React concepts such as components, state handlers and others, you no longer it will use HTML elements if not, now it will use them with native mobile interface elements.


Improve the user experience in an application using React Native


With React Native you can considerably improve the user experience and we show you how with an example of how to configure the text input. On the official React Native page they explained this whole process, detailing:


Entering text on a phone can be a challenge for many people, due to the small screen and difficult-to-control keyboard. Depending on the die you need, you can make it easier by setting the text inputs correctly:


  • Focus the first field automatically
  • Use placeholder text as an example of the expected data format
  • Enable or disable capitalization and autocorrect
  • Choose the type of keyboard (for example, email, numeric)
  • Make sure the return button is focused on the next field or submit the form


Manage layout when keyboard is visible


The software keyboard occupies almost half of the screen, so it should be clear and without other distracting elements on the free side of the screen. If you have interactive elements that the keyboard can cover, make sure they are still accessible via the KeyboardAvoidingView component.


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Screen orientation lock


On the official React Native page they explained "multiple screen orientations should work fine by default, unless you're using the Dimensions API and don't handle orientation changes. If you don't want to support multiple screen orientations, you can block the portrait or landscape screen orientation.


"On iOS, in the General tab and Deployment Information section of Xcode, enable the Device Orientation you want to support (make sure you have selected iPhone in the Devices menu when making changes). For Android, open the AndroidManifest.xml file and inside the activity element add 'android:screenOrientation="portrait"' to lock vertical or 'android:screenOrientation="landscape"' to lock horizontal".


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