Chris Chris - 4 months ago 25x
iOS Question

Why can't I get rid of (or at least change), the default splash screen on iOS in an apache cordova/phonegap app?

So I released my app on Android today (woohoo), but firing it up on the ol' iOS emulator I found that the default splash screen (albeit maybe shorter), was still there. This was odd because I removed the cordova-plugin-splashscreen plugin awhile ago. I tried changing the splashcreen by editing the myapp/www/res/ios/screen files, but alas the splash screen is still the default phonegap splash screen.

Perhaps I should mention, I created the project initially with the Windows Phonegap desktop app, however quickly just installed cordova through npm and started doing everything through the command line.

Anyway, I'm really at a loss. I tried adding: in my config.xml. No dice.

Here is my current config.xml:

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?>
<widget id="com.christopherpickard.UltimatePointsCounter" version="1.0.0" xmlns="" xmlns:gap="">
<name>Ultimate Points Counter</name>
<description>Ultimate Points Counter is the one points counter to rule them all for tabletop gamers. Whether it's D&amp;D, Pathfinder, Munchkin, or even Monopoly, Ultimate Points Counter has got you covered. Don't count your pieces every turn -- Let the app keep track.</description>
<author email="" href="">Christopher Pickard</author>
<content src="index.html" />
<preference name="DisallowOverscroll" value="true" />
<preference name="android-minSdkVersion" value="14" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-battery-status" source="npm" spec="~1.1.1" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-camera" source="npm" spec="~2.1.1" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-media-capture" source="npm" spec="~1.2.0" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-contacts" source="npm" spec="~2.0.1" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-device" source="npm" spec="~1.1.1" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-device-motion" source="npm" spec="~1.2.0" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-device-orientation" source="npm" spec="~1.0.2" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-file" source="npm" spec="~4.1.1" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-file-transfer" source="npm" spec="~1.5.0" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-geolocation" source="npm" spec="~2.1.0" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-globalization" source="npm" spec="~1.0.3" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-inappbrowser" source="npm" spec="~1.3.0" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-media" source="npm" spec="~2.2.0" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-network-information" source="npm" spec="~1.2.0" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-statusbar" source="npm" spec="~2.1.2" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-vibration" source="npm" spec="~2.1.0" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-whitelist" source="npm" spec="~1.2.1" />
<icon src="icon.png" />
<platform name="android">
<icon density="ldpi" src="www/res/icon/android/drawable-ldpi-icon.png" />
<icon density="mdpi" src="www/res/icon/android/drawable-mdpi-icon.png" />
<icon density="hdpi" src="www/res/icon/android/drawable-hdpi-icon.png" />
<icon density="xhdpi" src="www/res/icon/android/drawable-xhdpi-icon.png" />
<icon density="xxhdpi" src="www/res/icon/android/drawable-xxhdpi-icon.png" />
<icon density="xxxhdpi" src="www/res/icon/android/drawable-xxxhdpi-icon.png" />
<platform name="ios">
<icon height="57" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon.png" width="57" />
<icon height="114" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon@2x.png" width="114" />
<icon height="40" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-40.png" width="40" />
<icon height="80" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-40@2x.png" width="80" />
<icon height="50" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-50.png" width="50" />
<icon height="100" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-50@2x.png" width="100" />
<icon height="60" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-60.png" width="60" />
<icon height="120" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-60@2x.png" width="120" />
<icon height="180" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-60@3x.png" width="180" />
<icon height="72" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-72.png" width="72" />
<icon height="144" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-72@2x.png" width="144" />
<icon height="76" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-76.png" width="76" />
<icon height="152" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-76@2x.png" width="152" />
<icon height="29" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-small.png" width="29" />
<icon height="58" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-small@2x.png" width="58" />
<icon height="87" platform="ios" src="www/res/icon/ios/icon-small@3x.png" width="87" />
<platform name="wp8">
<icon height="99" platform="wp8" src="www/res/icon/wp8/ApplicationIcon.png" width="99" />
<icon height="159" platform="wp8" src="www/res/icon/wp8/Background.png" width="159" />
<platform name="windows">
<icon height="150" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Square150x150Logo.scale-100.png" width="150" />
<icon height="30" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Square30x30Logo.scale-100.png" width="30" />
<icon height="50" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/StoreLogo.scale-100.png" width="50" />
<icon height="120" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/StoreLogo.scale-240.png" width="120" />
<icon height="44" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Square44x44Logo.scale-100.png" width="44" />
<icon height="106" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Square44x44Logo.scale-240.png" width="106" />
<icon height="70" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Square70x70Logo.scale-100.png" width="70" />
<icon height="71" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Square71x71Logo.scale-100.png" width="71" />
<icon height="170" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Square71x71Logo.scale-240.png" width="170" />
<icon height="360" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Square150x150Logo.scale-240.png" width="360" />
<icon height="310" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Square310x310Logo.scale-100.png" width="310" />
<icon height="150" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Wide310x150Logo.scale-100.png" width="310" />
<icon height="360" platform="windows" src="www/res/icon/windows/Wide310x150Logo.scale-240.png" width="744" />
<access origin="*" />
<allow-intent href="http://*/*" />
<allow-intent href="https://*/*" />
<allow-intent href="tel:*" />
<allow-intent href="sms:*" />
<allow-intent href="mailto:*" />
<allow-intent href="geo:*" />
<platform name="android">
<allow-intent href="market:*" />
<platform name="ios">
<allow-intent href="itms:*" />
<allow-intent href="itms-apps:*" />
<engine name="android" spec="~5.1.1" />
<engine name="ios" spec="~4.1.1" />
<plugin name="cordova-plugin-dialogs" spec="~1.2.1" />

I also tried fully deleting the app from the simulator, clearing xcodes build using command+shift+option+K, adding the line just below , rebuilding in command line, then launching in xcode. Still there.

I could truly use a hand. Thanks guys.


Splash screens are added in Cordova as there's a flash of white as the UI is loaded. You can disable it, but generally its best to have one.

iOS have got really picky with having the correct sizes of splash screens & icons so I use this plugin on npm cordova-splash. This builds all different sizes of splash screens & xcode automatically picks them up.

Usage is really simple just make sure you have a splash.png file in the root folder of your cordova project and run cordova-splash.

You may also need cordova splash screen plugin & that also lists what needs to be in your config.xml file