How to Change Status Bar Text Color in iOS

How to Change Status Bar Text Color in iOS

22 May 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Having a dark background in your iOS application can sometimes present visibility issues with the status bar, especially if it becomes transparent. This guide will walk you through the steps to change the status bar text color to white, ensuring better visibility for your users.

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Modify the Info.plist File

First, you need to set the UIViewControllerBasedStatusBarAppearance to YES in the Info.plist file. This allows individual view controllers to control the status bar appearance.

2. Update View Controller

In your view controller, you will need to implement the following methods:

- (UIStatusBarStyle)preferredStatusBarStyle {
    return UIStatusBarStyleLightContent;

Additionally, call [self setNeedsStatusBarAppearanceUpdate] in the viewDidLoad method to apply the changes.

3. Special Cases

If your view controller is inside a UINavigationController, use the following code inside your controller:

override var preferredStatusBarStyle: UIStatusBarStyle {
    return .lightContent

4. SwiftUI Implementation

For SwiftUI, follow these steps:

  1. Create a new Swift file called HostingController.swift.
  2. Add the following code:
    import Foundation
    import UIKit
    import SwiftUI
    class HostingController: UIHostingController<ContentView> {
        override var preferredStatusBarStyle: UIStatusBarStyle {
            return .lightContent
  4. In SceneDelegate.swift, change:
    window.rootViewController = UIHostingController(rootView: ContentView())
  6. To:
    window.rootViewController = HostingController(rootView: ContentView())

Additional Resources

For more detailed information on related topics, you can refer to the following articles:

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