Using deep links in mobile apps
Deep links are becoming popular in the app world, in addition to their use in website content.
As is the case when using a deep link on a website, a deep link in a mobile app will direct the user to a specific area of the app instead of always directing them back to the main page.
The biggest benefit of using a deep links in a mobile app is that certain areas of the app can be accessed even if it isn’t already installed on a device.
Deep linking on a mobile app works differently than a deep link on the web. Instead of using HTTP technology and URLs, a mobile app must utilize a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI). This provides an address for an application that is unique to mobile devices instead of accessing an internet browser first.
Many well-known websites have mobile apps that utilize a URI that allows a user to directly access their account without first searching the web and logging in. A few well-known apps that utilize this technology include:
However, URI formats may be different depending on the particular mobile operating system being used. For example, iOS utilizes an open URL application method, while Android devices utilize intents. But, the concept of deep linking to areas of an app is the same no matter what method is used.