How to Present a Modal View Controller in Fullscreen on iOS 13 and Later

How to Present a Modal View Controller in Fullscreen on iOS 13 and Later

6 June 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

With the release of iOS 13, Apple introduced a new default card presentation style for modal view controllers. While this new presentation can be visually appealing and useful in many scenarios, there are times when developers may want to revert to the traditional fullscreen presentation. This guide will walk you through the various methods to achieve fullscreen modal presentations in iOS 13 and later versions.

Setting Fullscreen Presentation Programmatically

The simplest way to ensure your modal view controller is presented in fullscreen is to set the modalPresentationStyle property explicitly. Here’s how you can do it:

let vc = UIViewController()
vc.modalPresentationStyle = .fullScreen // or .overFullScreen for transparency
self.present(vc, animated: true, completion: nil)

Using Storyboard Segues

If you are using storyboards, you can set the presentation style directly in Interface Builder:

  • Select the segue in your storyboard.
  • In the Attributes Inspector, change the Presentation property to Full Screen.

Overriding the Present Method

For a more global approach, you can override the present(_:animated:completion:) method in a base view controller:

class BaseViewController: UIViewController {
    override func present(_ viewControllerToPresent: UIViewController, animated flag: Bool, completion: (() -> Void)? = nil) {
        viewControllerToPresent.modalPresentationStyle = .fullScreen
        super.present(viewControllerToPresent, animated: flag, completion: completion)

Using Extensions

Alternatively, you can create an extension to handle fullscreen presentations:

extension UIViewController {
    func presentInFullScreen(_ viewController: UIViewController, animated: Bool, completion: (() -> Void)? = nil) {
        viewController.modalPresentationStyle = .fullScreen
        present(viewController, animated: animated, completion: completion)


presentInFullScreen(viewController, animated: true)

Handling Navigation Controllers

If you are presenting a navigation controller modally, make sure to set the modalPresentationStyle on the navigation controller itself:

let navigationController = UINavigationController(rootViewController: yourViewController)
navigationController.modalPresentationStyle = .fullScreen
self.present(navigationController, animated: true, completion: nil)

Objective-C Implementation

For Objective-C developers, the implementation is similar:

UIViewController *vc = [UIViewController new];
vc.modalPresentationStyle = UIModalPresentationFullScreen;
[self presentViewController:vc animated:YES completion:nil];


By following these methods, you can ensure that your modal view controllers are presented in fullscreen mode, providing a consistent user experience across your iOS application. Each method has its use case, and you can choose the one that best fits your project’s needs.

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