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Xamarin.Essentials provides developers with cross-platform APIs for their mobile applications.

Android, iOS, and UWP offer unique operating system and platform APIs that developers have access to all in C# leveraging Xamarin. Xamarin.Essentials provides a single cross-platform API that works with any Android, iOS, or UWP application that can be accessed from shared code no matter how the user interface is created.

Get started with Xamarin.Essentials

Follow these steps to access Xamarin.Essentials APIs in your application:

  1. Open an existing project, or create a new project using the templates

  2. Add the Xamarin.Essentials NuGet package to each project:

    In the Solution Explorer panel, right click on the solution name and select Manage NuGet Packages. Search for Xamarin.Essentials and install the package into ALL projects including Android, iOS, UWP, and .NET Standard libraries.

  3. Add a reference to Xamarin.Essentials in any C# class to reference the APIs.

    using Xamarin.Essentials;
  4. Add a reference to Xamarin.Essentials for Razor files in the _Imports.razor file to reference the APIs.

    @using Xamarin.Essentials
  5. Xamarin.Essentials requires platform-specific setup:

    Xamarin.Essentials supports a minimum Android version of 4.4, corresponding to API level 19, but the target Android version for compiling must be 9.0, corresponding to API level 28. (In Visual Studio, these two versions are set in the Project Properties dialog for the Android project, in the Android Manifest tab. In Visual Studio for Mac, they're set in the Project Options dialog for the Android project, in the Android Application tab.)

    Xamarin.Essentials installs version of the Xamarin.Android.Support libraries that it requires. Any other Xamarin.Android.Support libraries that your application requires should also be updated to version using the NuGet package manager. All Xamarin.Android.Support libraries used by your application should be the same, and should be at least version Refer to the troubleshooting page if you have issues adding the Xamarin.Essentials NuGet or updating NuGets in your solution.

    In the Android project's MainLauncher or any Activity that is launched Xamarin.Essentials must be initialized in the OnCreate method:

    protected override void OnCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        Xamarin.Essentials.Platform.Init(this, savedInstanceState); // add this line to your code, it may also be called: bundle

    To handle runtime permissions on Android, Xamarin.Essentials must receive any OnRequestPermissionsResult. Add the following code to all Activity classes:

    public override void OnRequestPermissionsResult(int requestCode, string[] permissions, Android.Content.PM.Permission[] grantResults)
        Xamarin.Essentials.Platform.OnRequestPermissionsResult(requestCode, permissions, grantResults);
        base.OnRequestPermissionsResult(requestCode, permissions, grantResults);
  6. Follow the Xamarin.Essentials guides that enable you to copy and paste code snippets for each feature.

More information

Learn more about Xamarin.Essentials capabilities in the Xamarin.Essentials documentation.