Jim Leask Jim Leask - 1 month ago 39
iOS Question

Request authorization to Media Library programmatically fails

iOS 10 now requires the user's permission to access the Media Library. We check if we have access to the Media Library before we use it, and if not we then use

[MPMediaLibrary requestAuthorization:
to request authorization again from the user.

I'm expecting this to show the same popup request to access the Media Library that we get at app startup, but nothing happens. It is simply returning with the
MPMediaLibraryAuthorizationStatusDenied
status from before.

The docs for requestAuthorization are incomplete at this time, so I can't tell if I'm just using this incorrectly, or there is something else wrong.

if ( MPMediaLibrary.authorizationStatus == MPMediaLibraryAuthorizationStatusAuthorized)
{
// we already have access to the Media Library - use it here...
}
else
{
// We expect this to show a popup so the user can grant access, but does not work
[MPMediaLibrary requestAuthorization:^(MPMediaLibraryAuthorizationStatus authorizationStatus)
{
if ( authorizationStatus == MPMediaLibraryAuthorizationStatusAuthorized )
{
// success: the user authorized - use it here...
}
else
{
// user did not authorize - tell user why here...
}
}];
}


Update

Apparently there is no way to cause the original dialog to reappear (see comments below). I'm now using this code to at least take me to the right place in settings so the user can make the change. (for iOS8 and beyond)

NSURL *url = [NSURL URLWithString:UIApplicationOpenSettingsURLString];
[[UIApplication sharedApplication] openURL:url];

Answer

The MPMediaLibrary will only automatically prompt the user once. The state is MPMediaLibraryAuthorizationStatusNotDetermined if you ask for it before it has been granted or denied by the user. If they have denied access previously, you need to send the user to the System Settings so they can manually turn it on for your app.

The following code is how we are doing it.

+ (void) validateMediaLibraryForMinimumIosAndAboveWithViewController:(UIViewController *)viewController
                                                        ifAuthorized:(void(^)())authorizedBlock
                                                     ifNotAuthorized:(void(^)())notAuthorizedBlock
{
    MPMediaLibraryAuthorizationStatus authorizationStatus = MPMediaLibrary.authorizationStatus;

    switch (authorizationStatus)
    {
        case MPMediaLibraryAuthorizationStatusAuthorized:
        {
            // We are already authorized - proceed
            if( authorizedBlock )
            {
                authorizedBlock();
            }
            break;
        }
        case MPMediaLibraryAuthorizationStatusNotDetermined:
        {
            // Not yet authorized - request it from the system
            [MPMediaLibrary requestAuthorization:^(MPMediaLibraryAuthorizationStatus authorizationStatus)
             {
                 if ( authorizationStatus == MPMediaLibraryAuthorizationStatusAuthorized )
                 {
                     if( authorizedBlock )
                     {
                         authorizedBlock();
                     }
                 }
                 else
                 {
                     PLog(@"The Media Library was not authorized by the user");
                     if( notAuthorizedBlock )
                     {
                         notAuthorizedBlock();
                     }
                 }
             }];
            break;
        }

        case MPMediaLibraryAuthorizationStatusRestricted:
        case MPMediaLibraryAuthorizationStatusDenied:
        {
            // user has previously denied access. Ask again with our own alert that is similar to the system alert
            // then take them to the System Settings so they can turn it on for the app
            NSString *titleString  = NSLocalizedStringWithDefaultValue(@"Media Library Privacy Alert Title",
                                                                       @"Localizable",
                                                                       [NSBundle mainBundle],
                                                                       @"Would Like to Access Apple Music And Your Media Library",
                                                                       @"Title for dialog requesting media library access");

            [self displayPermissionAlertFromViewController:viewController
                                                 withTitle:titleString];
            if( notAuthorizedBlock )
            {
                notAuthorizedBlock();
            }
            break;
        }
    }
}

+ (void)displayPermissionAlertFromViewController:(UIViewController *)viewController withTitle:(NSString *)title
{
    NSString* appName = [[NSProcessInfo processInfo] processName];

    NSString *titleString = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"\"%@\" %@",appName, title];

    NSString *cancelString = NSLocalizedStringWithDefaultValue(@"Don't Allow",
                                                               @"Localizable",
                                                               [NSBundle mainBundle],
                                                               @"Don't Allow",
                                                               @"Don't allow button");

    NSString *settingsString = NSLocalizedStringWithDefaultValue( @"Settings",
                                                                 @"Localizable",
                                                                 [NSBundle mainBundle],
                                                                 @"Settings",
                                                                 @"Settings button label");

    UIAlertController *alertController = [UIAlertController
                                          alertControllerWithTitle:titleString
                                          message:nil
                                          preferredStyle:UIAlertControllerStyleAlert];

    [alertController addAction:[UIAlertAction actionWithTitle:cancelString
                                                        style:UIAlertActionStyleDefault
                                                      handler:nil]];

    [alertController addAction:[UIAlertAction actionWithTitle:settingsString
                                                        style:UIAlertActionStyleDefault
                                                      handler:
                                ^(UIAlertAction * _Nonnull action)
                                {
                                    NSURL *url = [NSURL URLWithString:UIApplicationOpenSettingsURLString];
                                    [[UIApplication sharedApplication] openURL:url];
                                }]];

    [viewController presentViewController:alertController animated:true completion:nil];
}
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