Maximus S Maximus S - 1 year ago 101
Objective-C Question

Using the same UIWebView across different viewControllers

TL;DR: I need to implement a singleton UIWebVIew that's shared across multiple ViewControllers. The question contains all of my approaches so far.


@property (strong, nonatomic) UIWebView *singleWebView;


@property (weak, nonatomic) IBOutlet UIWebView *webView;

- (void)viewWillDisappear:(BOOL)animated {
[super viewWillDisappear: animated];
NSLog(@"Removing webview from the first VC");

[self.webView removeFromSuperview];
self.webView.delegate = nil;

AppDelegate *appDelegate = (AppDelegate *)[[UIApplication sharedApplication] delegate];
appDelegate.singleWebView = self.webView;

self.webView = nil;

- (BOOL)webView:(UIWebView*)webView shouldStartLoadWithRequest:(NSURLRequest*)request navigationType:(UIWebViewNavigationType)navigationType {
NSURL *URL = [request URL];

if ([[URL absoluteString] isEqualToString:@"myapp://postsShow"]) {
[self performSegueWithIdentifier:@"postsShowSegue" sender:self];
return false;
return true;


- (void)viewWillAppear:(BOOL)animated {
[super viewWillAppear:animated];

AppDelegate *appDelegate = (AppDelegate *)[[UIApplication sharedApplication] delegate];
[self.viewContainer addSubview: appDelegate.singleWebView];

In the first view controller, I load my single page app, which shows a list of posts first. Then, the user views one of the posts and he will be redirected to the second View Controller. I want to reuse the UIWebView that was used in the first ViewController in the second ViewController so I don't have to reload the webpage.

The problem is that, after
the UIWebView doesn't seem to be loaded. I only see a
that I use as a container. It would be really helpful if you could give me some debugging points.

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Answer Source

I finally figured out. The retain count was always 2, even after I removed the UIWebView instance from the FirstViewController. I removed the UIWebView from the storyboard and created it programmatically when the firstViewController was loaded. I left everything else the same. Finally I could start reusing the webView.