cannot upload image input type=file expo 32 / react-native

Hello -

I am unable to upload a photo from the photo library in iOS simulator using Expo 32 and it’s version of React-Native (RN - 0.57?)

I reviewed the link ‘cannot use input type file in webview (with Expo’ but although the writer of the post indicates that the problem has been solved (back in Expo 30) I am encountering the same problem with expo 32. The choose photo dialog does pop up, but it doesn’t seem to transfer the photo from the simulator / device to the PHP page.

I do note that with creating a react-native project without expo, using RN 0.59, I can get a file to upload fine on iOS no problem.

Here is my current source code:

import React from 'react';
import {StyleSheet, Button, View, WebView} from 'react-native';

export default class App extends React.Component {
    render() {
        let WebViewRef;
        return (
            <View style={styles.container}>
                <WebView useWebKit={true} source={{uri: "__url__"}}
                         ref={WEBVIEW_REF => (WebViewRef = WEBVIEW_REF)}
                <Button title="Refresh View" onPress={() => {
                    WebViewRef && WebViewRef.reload();

const styles = StyleSheet.create({
    container: {
        flex: 1,
        justifyContent: 'center',
        /* alignItems: 'center', */
        backgroundColor: '#00ff00',
        padding: 8

where url is the destination page to upload the photo to.

the input tag of type file currently looks like this:

        <input id="file" name="file" type="file" accept="image/*, video/*;capture=camera"/>

Also, the page containing the input tag works fine by itself (it can accept a file from the web browser and the rest of the workflow simply shows the photo for now).

Any help or advice appreciated. thanks

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