Resolving Extra Padding at the Top of UITableView with UITableViewStyleGrouped in iOS7 and Later

Resolving Extra Padding at the Top of UITableView with UITableViewStyleGrouped in iOS7 and Later

22 May 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Starting in iOS7, developers may notice additional space at the top of their UITableView when using the UITableViewStyleGrouped style. This padding can be frustrating, especially when it disrupts the design and layout of your application. In this article, we will explore various methods to eliminate this unwanted padding, ensuring your UITableView appears as intended.

Understanding the Issue

The extra padding, typically around 35 pixels, appears between the top of the UITableView and the first section header. This issue arises due to the default behavior of UITableView in iOS7 and later versions. Fortunately, several solutions can address this padding issue, depending on your specific requirements and iOS version.

Effective Solutions

1. Uncheck “Adjust Scroll View Insets”

One straightforward solution is to disable the automatic adjustment of scroll view insets. This can be done directly within the storyboard:

  • Open your storyboard.
  • Select your ViewController.
  • In the Attributes inspector, uncheck “Adjust Scroll View Insets”.

2. Set Table Header View Height to a Minimal Value

If your tableView has a dynamically appearing tableHeaderView, setting its height to a minimal value instead of nil can help:

self.tableView.tableHeaderView = [[UIView alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(0.0f, 0.0f, self.tableView.bounds.size.width, 0.01f)];

3. Adjust Content Inset Property

Another approach is to manually adjust the contentInset property of UITableView:

self.tableView.contentInset = UIEdgeInsetsMake(-20, 0, 0, 0);

4. iOS 11 and Later: Adjust contentInsetAdjustmentBehavior

For iOS 11 and later, you can set the contentInsetAdjustmentBehavior property to .never:

tableView.contentInsetAdjustmentBehavior = .never;

For more details, refer to our documentation on virtual test devices.

5. iOS 15 Solution

For iOS 15, the following code can be used to remove padding:

if #available(iOS 15.0, *) {
  tableView.sectionHeaderTopPadding = 0;

To apply this fix project-wide, use:

if #available(iOS 15.0, *) {
  UITableView.appearance().sectionHeaderTopPadding = 0;


By following these solutions, you can effectively eliminate the extra padding at the top of your UITableView with UITableViewStyleGrouped. Depending on your specific context and iOS version, choose the method that best fits your needs. For additional information on handling various iOS development issues, check out our blog.

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