This page describes in detail all the different methods that can be used to invoke the SDK.

Invoke manually

By default, the SDK is invoked when a user shakes their device. You don't need to code anything.

But if you want to, you can customize that.

Let's look at an example. You want your users to invoke SDK either when they shake their device, or when they take a screenshot. To do that, call following methods with the true parameter.

Shake.start("client-id", "client-secret");

This method also enables you to change the preferred invocation event on-the-go during runtime. Here’s a list of all available ones below, feel free to use any combination of these.



The default, shaking gesture causes the SDK to pop up.


iOS apps in the debug mode will trigger React Native developer tools instead of Shake. You should run your app in the release mode if you want to test shake gesture invoking.


This invocation event will create the floating button on top of your app's UI which users can clearly see at all times. This button can be dragged to a more suitable position.


In the Android emulator, you might need to click the button twice if one click doesn’t do it. Also, system interface elements may sometimes get in a way of the button.

Taking a screenshot

The SDK will be invoked when users make a screenshot while using your app.


In Android, the only way for any SDK to realize that a screenshot has been captured is to monitor the screenshots directory. Because of that, if you opt for this invocation method, the storage permission will be requested from a user when they launch your app.


App Store rejects apps that get in the way of the default screenshot behavior. For that reason, don't use this invocation method in your production releases.

Invoke through code

You can invoke SDK through code by calling the method anywhere after Shake.start(), optionally attaching files and/or Metadata. Here’s an example:

import Shake from '@shakebugs/react-native-shake';
const sendFeedback = () => {
Shake.setMetadata("userId", userId);;

All other data, like Activity history or Black box, is automatically included in every user’s bug report — no additional code required.