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iOS 10 error[access]<private> when using UIImagePickerController (4)

I am using XCode 8 and testing with iOS 10.2 Beta.

I have added the Photos, PhotosUI and MobileCoreServices frameworks to project.

Very simple code:

#import <Photos/Photos.h>
#import <PhotosUI/PhotosUI.h>
#import <MobileCoreServices/MobileCoreServices.h>

@interface ViewController : UIViewController <UIImagePickerControllerDelegate, UINavigationControllerDelegate, PHLivePhotoViewDelegate>

@property (strong, nonatomic) IBOutlet UIImageView *imageview;

@end

and implementation:

- (IBAction)grab:(UIButton *)sender{
    UIImagePickerController *picker = [[UIImagePickerController alloc]init];
    picker.sourceType = UIImagePickerControllerSourceTypePhotoLibrary;
    picker.allowsEditing = NO;
    picker.delegate = self;

    // make sure we include Live Photos (otherwise we'll only get UIImages)
    NSArray *mediaTypes = @[(NSString *)kUTTypeImage, (NSString *)kUTTypeLivePhoto];
    picker.mediaTypes = mediaTypes;

    // bring up the picker
    [self presentViewController:picker animated:YES completion:nil];
}

As soon as I tap the button, the app crashes with very useless error:

[access] <private>

That's it. Nothing else.

Using break statements, the app seems to crash at "presentViewController".

This is a brand new app and I don't have anything else in the UI other than the grab button.

Also, testing on iOS 9.3, this works fine. Am I missing something which might be changed in iOS 10?


In iOS 10, Apple has changed how you can access any user private data types.

You need to add the Privacy - Photo Library Usage Description key to your app’s Info.plist and their usage information.

For more information please find the below GIF.

Or if you want to add via info.plist then you need to add NSPhotoLibraryUsageDescription key.

Just copy and paste below string in info.plist .

<key>NSPhotoLibraryUsageDescription</key>
<string>Take the photo</string>

Please find the below GIF for more information.


In iOS10, Before you access privacy-sensitive data like Camera, Contacts, and so on, you must ask for the authorization, or your app will crash when you access them.Then Xcode will log like:

This app has crashed because it attempted to access privacy-sensitive data without a usage description. The app's Info.plist must contain an NSContactsUsageDescription key with a string value explaining to the user how the app uses this data.

How to deal with this?

Open the file in your project named info.plist , right click it, opening as Source Code , paste this code below to it. Or you can open info.plist as Property List by default, click the add button, Xcode will give you the suggest completions while typing Privacy - with the help of keyboard ⬆️ and ⬇️.

Remember to write your description why you ask for this authorization, between <string> and </string> , or your app will be rejected by apple:

<!-- 🖼 Photo Library -->
<key>NSPhotoLibraryUsageDescription</key>
<string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) photo use</string>

<!-- 📷 Camera -->
<key>NSCameraUsageDescription</key>
<string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) camera use</string>

<!-- 🖼 Write To Image Gallery>
<key>NSPhotoLibraryAddUsageDescription</key>
<string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) save phots in gallry</string>


<!-- 🎤 Microphone -->
<key>NSMicrophoneUsageDescription</key>
<string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) microphone use</string>

<!-- 📍 Location -->
<key>NSLocationUsageDescription</key>
<string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) location use</string>

<!-- 📍 Location When In Use -->
<key>NSLocationWhenInUseUsageDescription</key>
<string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) location use</string>

<!-- 📍 Location Always -->
<key>NSLocationAlwaysUsageDescription</key>
<string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) always uses location </string>

<!-- 📆 Calendars -->
<key>NSCalendarsUsageDescription</key>
<string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) calendar events</string>

<!-- ⏰ Reminders -->
<key>NSRemindersUsageDescription</key>
<string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) reminder use</string>

<!-- 📒 Contacts -->
<key>NSContactsUsageDescription</key>
<string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) contact use</string>

<!-- 🏊 Motion -->
<key>NSMotionUsageDescription</key>
<string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) motion use</string>

<!-- 💊 Health Update -->
<key>NSHealthUpdateUsageDescription</key>
<string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) heath update use</string>

<!-- 💊 Health Share -->
<key>NSHealthShareUsageDescription</key>
<string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) heath share use</string>

<!-- ᛒ🔵 Bluetooth Peripheral -->
<key>NSBluetoothPeripheralUsageDescription</key>
<string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) Bluetooth Peripheral use</string>

<!-- 🎵 Media Library -->
<key>NSAppleMusicUsageDescription</key>
<string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) media library use</string>

<!-- 📱 Siri -->
<key>NSSiriUsageDescription</key>
<string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) siri use</string>

<!-- 🏡 HomeKit -->
<key>NSHomeKitUsageDescription</key>
<string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) home kit use</string>

<!-- 📻 SpeechRecognition -->
<key>NSSpeechRecognitionUsageDescription</key>
<string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) speech use</string>

<!-- 📺 VideoSubscriber -->
<key>NSVideoSubscriberAccountUsageDescription</key>
<string>$(PRODUCT_NAME) tvProvider use</string>

If it does not works, try to ask for the the background authorization:

<key>UIBackgroundModes</key>
<array>
    <!-- something you should use in background -->
    <string>location</string>
</array>

Or go to target -> Capabilities -> Background Modes -> open the background Modes :

then clean your Project, run it.

Go to here for more information: iOS10AdaptationTips .


You need the add the new privacy settings to you info.plist.

Don't forget to add the value describing why the app need to access the service.


in iOS 10 you need to add the key mentioned in below image if you are using camera or photo gallery in your app





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