When deciding what properties to put in the action bar on your app items, it’s important to create a consistent and strategic plan. If you are working on a contact directory for example, it’s likely most important to put contact details in the action bar. This may be call, email, and save contact.
When placing properties in the action bar, you have to option to hide the property in the lower section of the item. You may want to hide this property if the information is redundant or to make your items appear cleaner and therefore more beautiful, but it’s important to consider if being able to see that information could be valuable for your user.
For example, if you were to place call into the action bar, you may think "I’m going to hide this property because I don’t need the capability to click on it in two place on the same item." You should, however, take into consideration that being able to see the phone number without clicking call could be valuable if someone were to ask you what the phone number is.
If you still chose to hide the call property, they only way you would have been able to see the number would have been to tap on call and then quickly end your call and then look in your call log for the information. Keeping the information available on your item cuts down the amount of work you cause your users to do.
Item on the Right
The space on the right side of the action bar is a great spot for someone to gather or provide additional information. For us right hand users, it’s the button closest to our thumb, and it is located in the corner where our eyes land when looking at an item on the app. When looking at this in a mobile strategy perspective, we tend to place two different properties to place in this position – the website property or the ability to share the information.
Placing your website actionable on right with an arrow-right icon is a great idea. On an iOS device, a web-browser will open from the right. Placing your website on the right side with that arrow-right icon will make it feel more like a continuous action for your app users.
Giving your app users the ability to share content is a best practice of it’s own, but also placing that property on the right side of your action bar makes sense with the default icon including an arrow pointing to the right.
Things to Remember:
- Your action bar properties depend on what type of items you are creating in your app.
- Your Customer Success Manager is the best person to reach out to for personalized strategy for your app.