iOS 7 status bar back to iOS 6 default style in iPhone app?


In iOS 7 the UIStatusBar has been designed in a way that it merges with the view like this:

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(GUI designed by Tina Tavčar)

  • It is cool, but it will somewhat mess up your view when you have something at the top part of your view, and it becomes overlapped with the status bar.

  • Is there a simple solution (such as setting a property in info.plist) that can change the way it works [not overlapping] back to how it is in iOS6?

  • I know a more straightforward solution is to have + 20 points for every single view controller, but changing them will screw other dimensions up (having a different can cause problem to custom segues, etc.) and suddenly it turns into a tedious job that is best to be avoided.

  • I’ll really be glad if someone can provide me an one-liner solution for this.

P.S. I know I can hide the status bar by doing things like having

[[UIApplication sharedApplication] setStatusBarHidden:YES withAnimation:UIStatusBarAnimationNone];

In didFinishLaunchingWithOptions method, but that’s a workaround, a shortcut avoiding the problem, so I don’t consider that a real solution.

Source: Ios7 Questions

Categorised as ios, ios7, objective-c, statusbar


Updates on 19th Sep 2013:

fixed scaling bugs by adding
self.window.bounds = CGRectMake(0, 20, self.window.frame.size.width, self.window.frame.size.height);

corrected typos in the NSNotificationCenter statement

Updates on 12th Sep 2013:

corrected UIViewControllerBasedStatusBarAppearance to NO

added a solution for apps with screen rotation

added an approach to change the background color of the status bar.

There is, apparently, no way to revert the iOS7 status bar back to how it works in iOS6.

However, we can always write some codes and turn the status bar into iOS6-like, and this is the shortest way I can come up with:

  1. Set UIViewControllerBasedStatusBarAppearance to NO in info.plist (To opt out of having view controllers adjust the status bar style so that we can set the status bar style by using the UIApplicationstatusBarStyle method.)

  2. In AppDelegate’s application:didFinishLaunchingWithOptions, call

    if (NSFoundationVersionNumber > NSFoundationVersionNumber_iOS_6_1) {
        [application setStatusBarStyle:UIStatusBarStyleLightContent];
        self.window.clipsToBounds =YES;
        self.window.frame =  CGRectMake(0,20,self.window.frame.size.width,self.window.frame.size.height-20);
        //Added on 19th Sep 2013
        self.window.bounds = CGRectMake(0, 20, self.window.frame.size.width, self.window.frame.size.height);
    return YES;

in order to:

  1. Check if it’s iOS 7.

  2. Set status bar’s content to be white, as opposed to UIStatusBarStyleDefault.

  3. Avoid subviews whose frames extend beyond the visible bounds from showing up (for views animating into the main view from top).

  4. Create the illusion that the status bar takes up space like how it is in iOS 6 by shifting and resizing the app’s window frame.

For apps with screen rotation,

use NSNotificationCenter to detect orientation changes by adding

[[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] addObserver:self

in if (NSFoundationVersionNumber > NSFoundationVersionNumber_iOS_6_1) and create a new method in AppDelegate:

- (void)applicationDidChangeStatusBarOrientation:(NSNotification *)notification
    int a = [[notification.userInfo objectForKey: UIApplicationStatusBarOrientationUserInfoKey] intValue];
    int w = [[UIScreen mainScreen] bounds].size.width;
    int h = [[UIScreen mainScreen] bounds].size.height;
        case 4:
            self.window.frame =  CGRectMake(0,20,w,h);
        case 3:
            self.window.frame =  CGRectMake(-20,0,w-20,h+20);
        case 2:
            self.window.frame =  CGRectMake(0,-20,w,h);
        case 1:
           self.window.frame =  CGRectMake(20,0,w-20,h+20);

So that when orientation changes, it will trigger a switch statement to detect app’s screen orientation (Portrait, Upside Down, Landscape Left, or Landscape Right) and change the app’s window frame respectively to create the iOS 6 status bar illusion.

To change the background color of your status bar:


 @property (retain, nonatomic) UIWindow *background;

in AppDelegate.h to make background a property in your class and prevent ARC from deallocating it. (You don’t have to do it if you are not using ARC.)

After that you just need to create the UIWindow in if (NSFoundationVersionNumber > NSFoundationVersionNumber_iOS_6_1):

background = [[UIWindow alloc] initWithFrame: CGRectMake(0, 0, self.window.frame.size.width, 20)];
background.backgroundColor =[UIColor redColor];
[background setHidden:NO];

Don’t forget to @synthesize background; after @implementation AppDelegate!

Prof. Damian Schmeler Jr.

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