How to create an alert box in iphone?

I would like to make an alert type box so that when the user tries to delete something, it says, "are you sure" and then has a yes or no for if they are sure. What would be the best way to do this in iphone?

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A UIAlertView is the best way to do that. It will animate into the middle of the screen, dim the background, and force the user to address it, before returning to the normal functions of your app.

You can create a UIAlertView like this:

UIAlertView *alert = [[UIAlertView alloc] initWithTitle:@"Wait" message:@"Are you sure you want to delete this. This action cannot be undone" delegate:self cancelButtonTitle:@"Delete" otherButtonTitles:@"Cancel", nil];
[alert show];

That will display the message.

Then to check whether they tapped delete or cancel, use this:

- (void)alertView:(UIAlertView *)alertView clickedButtonAtIndex:(NSInteger)buttonIndex{
if (buttonIndex == 0){
//delete it

Make sure in your header file (.h), you include the UIAlertViewDelegate by putting <UIAlertViewDelegate>, next to whatever your class inherits from (ie. UIViewController or UITableViewController, etc.)

For more infomation on all the specifics of UIAlertViews check out Apple's Docs Here

Hope that helps

The post is quite old, but still a good question. With iOS 8 the answer has changed. Today you'd rather use 'UIAlertController' with a 'preferredStyle' of 'UIAlertControllerStyle.ActionSheet'.

A code like this (swift) that is bound to a button:

@IBAction func resetClicked(sender: AnyObject) {
let alert = UIAlertController(
title: "Reset GameCenter Achievements",
message: "Highscores and the Leaderboard are not affected.\nCannot be undone",
preferredStyle: UIAlertControllerStyle.ActionSheet)
title: "Reset Achievements",
style: UIAlertActionStyle.Destructive,
handler: {
(action: UIAlertAction!) -> Void in
title: "Show GameCenter",
style: UIAlertActionStyle.Default,
handler: {
(action: UIAlertAction!) -> Void in
title: "Cancel",
style: UIAlertActionStyle.Cancel,
handler: nil
if let popoverController = alert.popoverPresentationController {
popoverController.sourceView = sender as UIView
popoverController.sourceRect = sender.bounds
self.presentViewController(alert, animated: true, completion: nil)

would produce this output: How to create an alert box in iphone?

EDIT: The code crashed on iPad, iOS 8+. If added the necessary lines as described here: on another stack overflow answer

Everyone's saying UIAlertView. But to confirm deletion, UIActionSheet is likely the better choice. See When to use a UIAlertView vs. UIActionSheet

UIAlertView seems the obvious choice for confirmation.

Set the delegate to the controller and implement the UIAlertViewDelegate protocol

Use the UIAlertView class to display an alert message to the user.

Use an UIAlertView:

UIAlertView *av = [[UIAlertView alloc] initWithTitle:@"Alert Title"
message:@"are you sure?"
otherButtonTitles:@"Yes", nil];

[av show];
[av autorelease];

Make sure you implement:

- (void)alertView:(UIAlertView *)alertView clickedButtonAtIndex:(NSInteger)buttonIndex

To handle the response.

To pop an alert message use UIAlertView.

UIAlertView *alert = [[UIAlertView alloc] initWithTitle:@"Wait" message:@"Are you sure you want to delete this." **delegate:self** cancelButtonTitle:@"Delete" otherButtonTitles:@"Cancel", nil];
[alert show];
[alert release];

Once you set the delegate as self you can perform your action on this method

- (void)alertView:(UIAlertView *)alertView clickedButtonAtIndex:(NSInteger)buttonIndex

Category:iphone Views:2 Time:2011-05-02

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