How to Hide Navigation bar in SwiftUI

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Before iOS 16, a NavigationView will preserve space for its navigation title even if we don't set one.

So, you might notice a big empty space before your content like this.

A space for a navigation title.
A space for a navigation title.
struct ContentView: View {
var body: some View {
NavigationView {
List {
Text("Item 1")
Text("Item 2")
Text("Item 3")
Text("Item 4")
Text("Item 5")
}
}
}
}

How to Hide a Navigation bar in SwiftUI

To remove this empty space, we need to use the .navigationBarHidden modifier.

We apply .navigationBarHidden to the content of a navigation view. In this case, a list view.

struct ContentView: View {
var body: some View {
NavigationView {
List {
Text("Item 1")
Text("Item 2")
Text("Item 3")
Text("Item 4")
Text("Item 5")
}
.navigationBarHidden(true)
}
}
}
Hide a navigation bar with navigationBarHidden(true).
Hide a navigation bar with navigationBarHidden(true).

.navigationBarHidden will only affect the current view. If you push a new view to a navigation stack with a NavigationLink, the navigation bar will reappear on the pushed view.

struct ContentView: View {

var body: some View {
NavigationView {
List {
Text("Item 1")
Text("Item 2")
Text("Item 3")
Text("Item 4")
Text("Item 5")
NavigationLink("Next") {
DetailView()
}
}
.navigationBarHidden(true)
}
}
}

struct DetailView: View {
var body: some View {
List {
Text("Detail View")
}
}
}

A navigation bar in the DetailView is still visible.

A navigation bar in the DetailView is still visible.
A navigation bar in the DetailView is still visible.

You need to apply .navigationBarHidden(true) on the DetailView if you want the navigation bar to remain hidden.

struct DetailView: View {
var body: some View {
List {
Text("Detail View")
}
.navigationBarHidden(true)
}
}

How to Hide a navigation bar in iOS 16

In iOS 16, there is a behavior change in a navigation view.

If we didn't set a navigation title, a navigation view will automatically hide the navigation bar for us.

The same code we use in iOS 15 won't produce an empty space on iOS 16.

struct ContentView: View {    
var body: some View {
NavigationView {
List {
Text("Item 1")
Text("Item 2")
Text("Item 3")
Text("Item 4")
Text("Item 5")
}
}
}
}
NavigationView in iOS 16.
NavigationView in iOS 16.

iOS 16 also deprecated the old modifier, navigationBarHidden, and replaced it with toolbar(_:for:).

To hide navigation bar in iOS 16, we use .toolbar(.hidden, for: .navigationBar) instead.

struct ContentView: View {    
var body: some View {
NavigationView {
List {
Text("Item 1")
Text("Item 2")
Text("Item 3")
Text("Item 4")
Text("Item 5")
}
.toolbar(.hidden, for: .navigationBar)
}
}
}

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