Nate4436271 Nate4436271 - 4 months ago 21
Objective-C Question

tvOS 10. PreferredFocusView is deprecated. How do I change to preferredFocusEnvironment?

I have a subview for which I have overridden the preferredFocusedView. The subclass has a UIView called viewToFocus. I check if that view exists, if it does I focus that view, if not I return the preferredFocusedView of the parent.

Since I updated to tvOS 10 today I am getting the following error:

'preferredFocusedView' is deprecated: first deprecated in tvOS 10.0 -
Use -preferredFocusEnvironments instead.

I cant find anywhere in the documentation that explains how preferredFocusEnvironment is to be implemented. In the documentation found Supporting Focus within Your App, it says to

Override the preferredFocusedView to specify where focus should start
by default.

I tried adding the UIFocusEnvironment Protocol but I am not sure how to replace the functionality of 'preferredFocusedView' with it.

- (UIView *)preferredFocusedView {
if (self.viewToFocus) {
UIView *newView = self.viewToFocus;
self.viewToFocus = nil;

return newView;
} else {
return [super preferredFocusedView];



You need to pass an array of views as a result of preferredFocusEnvironments call instead of just one view as it was before. This views must be ordered by the focus priority. So, if you have 3 UIButton items on your UIViewController the preferredFocusEnvironments property can be implemented the following:

- (NSArray<id<UIFocusEnvironment>> *)preferredFocusEnvironments {

    return @[self.b3, self.b2, self.b1];

In your case you just need to return a @[newView] as a result.