UX noob here...

I am trying to envision the vest way to present the user with actions he/she can perform in specific views of my iOS application.

Each view could have different actions.

I have seen a few apps (e.g., Google Calendar, Snapseed) implementing something similar to this:

Mockups with Balsamiq Mockups

Or alternatively this:

Mockups with Balsamiq Mockups

I there a particular name for these menus?

What is the best practice/approach for them in mobile apps?


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In Materialize they are called Fixed Action Buttons or FABs. Sometimes they also call them Floating buttons.

So far, and completely in my experience, they have been great to quickly access menus in mobile apps.


Thanks @adriennetacke for pointing me in the right direction. Following his answer I found this article in Google's material design guidelines. It's worth reading it, but for my case the interesting bits were:

  • Only one floating action button is recommended per screen to represent the most common action.
  • Floating actions should have positive actions like Create, Favorite, Share, Navigate, and Explore (no minor and/or destructive actions).
  • As a general rule, have at least three options upon press but not more than six, including the original floating action button target.
  • Floating action buttons don’t contain app bar icons or status bar notifications. Don’t layer badges or other elements over a floating action button.

This seems to me like a confusion. The add button should open a form where you can add some information when is displayed like the most important button on the page. The symbol "+" don't suggest a menu.

I used this approach, with a menu in the corner in a concept that you can see here https://dribbble.com/shots/2244029-Music-app-concept-design. I also liked a circular menu opened on the full with of page, here: http://www.ios.uplabs.com/search?q=circular%20menu%20ios.

I find easy to open a menu from the corner with one hand and I think is ok for ios. I don't think this is a menu specific to material design.

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