How to change Status Bar text color in iOS

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By default, the color of a status bar text will change according to the device appearance setting. For example, the text will be black on light appearance and white text on dark appearance.

A status bar color can be white or black.
A status bar color can be white or black.

There are two ways to opt-out of this behavior and set the status bar text color yourselves.

  1. Change a status bar text color for an entire app.
  2. Change a status bar text color for specific view controller.

Change status bar text color for the Entire App using Info.plist

If you want to set the status bar text color for an entire app, you can do it by specifying two keys in Info.plist.

  1. "Status bar style" (UIStatusBarStyle)
  2. "View controller-based status bar appearance" (UIViewControllerBasedStatusBarAppearance)

Here are the steps to do it.

  1. Open your Info.plist, either from the Project Navigation or the "Info" tab.
Info.plist
Info.plist
  1. Add key "Status bar style" (UIStatusBarStyle) and set value to either "Light Content" (UIStatusBarStyleLightContent) or "Dark Content" (UIStatusBarStyleDarkContent).
  2. Add key "View controller-based status bar appearance" (UIViewControllerBasedStatusBarAppearance) and set its value to "NO".
Add two keys to Info.plist.
Add two keys to Info.plist.

Change status bar text color for specific view controller

By default, the status bar text color will change according to active view controller.

A view controller communicates the preferred text color to the system via preferredStatusBarStyle property.

You can control the status bar text color by override preferredStatusBarStyle property in a view controller and return the style you want.

In this example, we set the status bar text color to white.

override var preferredStatusBarStyle: UIStatusBarStyle {
return .lightContent
}

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