Getting Started Android

You're 3 steps away from adding great in-app support to your Xamarin App.

Guide to integrating the Xamarin plugin for the Helpshift SDK.

Download Helpshift Xamarin SDK

Download SDK v2.5.0

The Helpshift SDK .zip contains the following files:

HelpshiftApi.dll
The platform independent DLL. Only needs to be added for api reference in a cross platform project. This dll should not be packaged with the final application.
Android/HelpshiftApi.dll
The Android specific DLL.
iOS/Standard build/Helpshift.IOS.dll
The iOS binding library DLL for standard build.
iOS/Standard build/HelpshiftApi.dll
The iOS specific api DLL for standard build.
iOS/Bitcode build/Helpshift.IOS.Bitcode.dll
The iOS Bitcode build binding DLL.
iOS/Bitcode build/HelpshiftApi.dll
The iOS Bitcode supported api DLL.
iOS/HelpshiftDefaultLocalizations
Localization for strings.
iOS/HsLocalization.bundle
Default bundle to be used if no changes are required by the developer in localized strings.
iOS/HSThemes
Used for theming in iOS

Add Helpshift to your Xamarin project

  • Add the HelpshiftApi.dll to the References in platform independent project in your multi-platform Xamarin project. This dll should not be packaged with the final application.
  • Add the Android/HelpshiftApi.dll to the References in your Android specific project. When the application is compiled, Android/HelpshiftApi.dll library will automatically replace the HelpshiftApi.dll (since they have the same assembly name and version) referenced in the above step. This serves application development around common API's across different platforms.
  • Add the following packages to your app for android :
  1. Newtonsoft JSON.Net

  2. Android Support Library v4

  3. Android Support Library v7

  4. Android Support Library v7 Cardview

  5. Android Support Library v7 Recyclerview

  6. Android Support Design Library

Initializing Helpshift in your app

To use Helpshift's APIs, please import the Helpshift's namespace as given below.

using HelpshiftApi;

Helpshift SDK uniquely identifies your App with the combination of:

API Key
Your unique developer API Key.
Domain Name
Your Helpshift domain name. For example : foo.helpshift.com
App ID
A unique ID assigned to your app.

To get the API Key, Domain Name and the App ID, navigate to Settings>SDK (for Developers) in your agent dashboard and scroll down to "Initializing Helpshift" section. show me

Select your App from the dropdown and copy the three tokens to be passed when initializing Helpshift.

Initialize Helpshift by calling the method Install(apiKey, domain, appId) API

using HelpshiftApi;
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HelpshiftCore.Initialize(HelpshiftApiProviderType.HelpshiftApiProviderTypeAll);
HelpshiftCore.Install ("<API_KEY>", "<DOMAIN_NAME>", "<APP_ID>");

The install call is required only in the onCreate of the Application class of your app.

Start using Helpshift

Helpshift is now integrated in your app. You should now use the support APIs to present FAQ or conversation screens inside your app.

Run your app, and try starting a test conversation using the ShowConversation API call. Then goto your Helpshift agent dashboard and reply to experience the in-app messaging.

Sample usage for FAQs and conversation APIs:

helpBtn.Click += delegate
{
   HelpshiftApi.HelpshiftSupport.ShowFAQs(activity, faqApiConfigDictionary);
};

contactBtn.Click += delegate
{
    HelpshiftApi.HelpshiftSupport.ShowConversation(activity, convApiConfigDictionary);
};

Next up

Helpshift APIs

Discover ways to do customer support via Helpshift.

Notifications

Configure Push and In-app notifications.

Tracking

Track events and user actions. Attach custom metadata to every conversation.

Reviews & Feedback

Asking for reviews and feedback.