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Repro Steps

Learn more about the steps your user has taken until the bug or crash was reported.

Repro Steps show you all of the interactions a user makes with your app up until a bug or crash is reported, grouped by the app view. For each view that a user visits, all of the steps that they commit are captured and displayed as logs next to the relevant screenshot. Repro steps can be found below the bug details.


Logged Data

Captured Events

UI Interactions

For the following gestures, only the gesture is logged and displayed:

  • Swipe
  • Scroll
  • Pinch
  • Tap
  • Force touch
  • Double tap
  • Enabling/disabling a switch
  • Changing the value of a slider
  • Editing a text field.

Lifecycle Events

Whenever one of the following lifecycle events occurs, it will be captured and shown on the timeline:

  • Application is moved to the background
  • Application is moved to the foreground
  • Application becomes active
  • Application becomes inactive
  • Memory warning

Extra Details

Depending on the event, you'll find further details displayed as part of the log statement.

  • Tap, double tap, and force touch: the SDK always tries to first capture the text rendered inside the UI that the user is interacting with, then we fall back to capturing the icon only with the buttons and navigation items, then, we fall back to the accessibility labels.
  • Switch: both the accessibility label as well as whether the user enabled or disabled the switch are logged.
  • Slider: both the accessibility label as well as the value that the user moves the slider to it are captured.
  • Text fields: first, the SDK tries to capture the placeholder, then we fall back to the accessibility label.


Here are some examples of how steps look like:

  • Tapped on the button "Send"
  • Double tapped on UI that contains "Instructions"
  • Started editing “Password“
  • Enabled the switch “Push Notifications“
  • Moved the slider “Text Size“ to 10%
  • App went to the background
  • App became active
  • Memory warning

An example of Visual Repro Steps in the Instabug dashboard.

User Privacy


A disclaimer will be shown at the bottom of the report. It helps your users view all the screenshots taken for the Repro Steps before sending a report and can delete them as well.


Private Views

On your side, you can easily mark any view that might contain sensitive info like payment details as private. Any private view will automatically appear with a black overlay covering it in any screenshot. To make a view private, you use the following property.

view.instabug_privateView = true
view.instabug_privateView = YES;

Disabling and Enabling

This feature is enabled by default with screenshots if it's included in your plan. You can control it through the following API.

Instabug.reproStepsMode = .enabledWithNoScreenshots
Instabug.reproStepsMode = IBGUserStepsModeEnabledWithNoScreenshots;

Here are the possible arguments.


To be able to capture Repro Steps, we need to do method swizzling. We take an approach to swizzling that is absolutely safe and does not impact your app negatively in any way. For more details, you can check here. This swizzling can be disabled if you would prefer to log the user interactions manually.


Screenshots are always disabled with Crash Reporting.

For Crash Reporting, the screenshots are always disabled as the data is silently collected without any interaction from the user. This decision is part of our ongoing commitment to end-users' privacy.