ArtStyle ArtStyle - 1 month ago 28x
Objective-C Question

Right way to refresh Gmail API access token in objective-c

I get access token in that method:

- (void)viewController:(GTMOAuth2ViewControllerTouch *)viewController
finishedWithAuth:(GTMOAuth2Authentication *)authResult
error:(NSError *)error {
if (error != nil) {
[self showAlert:@"Authentication Error" message:error.localizedDescription];
self.service.authorizer = nil;
else {
self.service.authorizer = authResult;

NSLog(@"Token: %@ id: %@", authResult.accessToken, authResult.userID);
[self makeGmailLabelVisibleWithToken:authResult.accessToken]; //make an authorized request to gmailAPI with the access token

[self dismissViewControllerAnimated:YES completion:nil];


So, after auth that's works fine, but after a while it stops working (I guess because token has expired). Also, if I use

[authResult refreshToken]

instead of


it won't work.

So what's the correct way to refresh the Gmail access token, in which method should I do this?

P.S: documentation says that the

- (void) refreshTokensWithHandler:(GIDAuthenticationHandler)handler

should help, but I have not found any samples with it.


So, this is actually simple. To refresh the token you need to use following code:

self.service = [[GTLServiceGmail alloc] init];
self.service.authorizer =
[GTMOAuth2ViewControllerTouch authForGoogleFromKeychainForName:kKeychainItemName

[[GIDSignIn sharedInstance] setScopes:[NSArray arrayWithObject: @""]];
[GIDSignIn sharedInstance].clientID = kClientID;

GTMOAuth2Authentication *auth = [GTMOAuth2ViewControllerTouch authForGoogleFromKeychainForName:kKeychainItemName

NSLog(@"accessToken: %@", auth.accessToken); //If the token is expired, this will be nil

// authorizeRequest will refresh the token, even though the NSURLRequest passed is nil
[auth authorizeRequest:nil
     completionHandler:^(NSError *error) {
         if (error) {
             NSLog(@"error: %@", error);
         else {
             [USER_CACHE setValue:auth.accessToken forKey:@"googleAccessToken"];

You can paste it in ViewDidLoad method for instance. So after execution of this code you will have valid access token in UserDefaults (which is USER_CAHCE in my example).