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Umbrellas | iOS Universal Minimal Chat App Template (Swift)

Umbrellas | iOS Universal Minimal Chat App Template (Swift)





Feb 10th 2017
• Added some PFInstallation() code into the 'applicationDidBecomeActive()' function in AppDelegate.swift, in order to reset the app's badge icons to 0 
• Updated the User Guide with a new link for the APN .p12 certificates creation tutorial
Jan 21st 2017
• Updated to XCode 8.2.1
• Updated the User Guide
• Updated GoogleMobileAds.framework and its relative code




This app template is a sort of “challenge” against WhatsApp, WeChat and all moderns chat apps :)
Umbrellas is a super minimal, old-fashioned conversations app where you can quickly login/sign up by just choosing a nickname and password, search for other users to chat with, no pictures or media, just text or links!
You can directly block offensive users by a left-swipe on a User’s cell in the Home screen and tap Block/Unblock button
Why calling it Umbrellas? Because we’ve got inspired by an old chat website called Under Debbie’s Blue Umbrella, discovered while reading Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes book :)
We hope you’ll enjoy this challenge as well as we did!

Since its backend is by Parse you don’t have to buy any domain/hosting, there are NO php files to upload to a web server so you’ll save some money for sever side.

Umbrellas is a native XCode project, Swift language, with Storyboard, Parse SDK hosted on http://back4app.com, super easy to customize.



About Parse SDK and back4app

Read this article for more info about back4app and Parse SDK: https://hubpages.com/technology/Parse-SDK-will-not-shutdown-in-thanks-to-back4app

Can I host Parse Server on my own server?

Yes, although I don’t provide support for the setup process, you can read the official Guide here: http://parseplatform.org

I get a Code signing error in Xcode 8.x

That’s a bug of Xcode 8 with macOS Sierra, check this sample video to see how to fix it: https://youtu.be/z2LemT1_LqA

How to remove AdMob banner ads

Check this video out to see how to remove the code that shows AdMob banners: https://youtu.be/e-HQYnta2Jg Keep in mind that you must repeat the shown steps for every .swift file that contains this line on the top:
import GoogleMobileAds

What about free support for this template?

I can offer free support for bugs encountered in the original code. Instead, if you’ve edited the code and messed something up with it, I may apply some fee to fix it either via TeamViewer or by checking your app project files directly on my computer.

Should I use the latest version of Xcode to edit this template?

Yes, I always update my apps to the latest version of the IDE.






  • XCode 8.x project – Swift – 64bit
  • iOS 8/9/10+ – Universal – Storyboard
  • AdMob banners
  • Works with Parse SDK hosted on back{4}app
  • Parse Push Notifications for new messages
  • Terms of User .html file and Report feature included
  • PDF User Guide included
  • PSD graphics included
  • Easy to customize, well commented code

    • Apple Mac with its latest OS version installed
    • The latest version of Xcode and some knowledge about its UI interface
    • Photoshop or any other image editor software
    • An Apple Developer account to submit apps to the Play Store
    • An AdMob account to generate your own banner UNIT ID
    • A free account on back4app.com

    Have fun with Umbrellas, and don’t forget to rate it on your Downloads page!







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