trgoofi trgoofi - 4 months ago 20
iOS Question

preferredStatusBarStyle isn't called

I followed this thread to override

-preferredStatusBarStyle
, but it isn't called.
Are there any options that I can change to enable it? (I'm using XIBs in my project.)

Answer

Possible root cause

I had the same problem, and figured out it was happening because I wasn't setting the root view controller in my application window.

The UIViewController in which I had implemented the preferredStatusBarStyle was used in a UITabBarController, which controlled the appearance of the views on the screen.

When I set the root view controller to point to this UITabBarController, the status bar changes started to work correctly, as expected (and the preferredStatusBarStyle method was getting called).

(BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions
{
    ... // other view controller loading/setup code

    self.window.rootViewController = rootTabBarController;
    [self.window makeKeyAndVisible];
    return YES;
}

Alternative method

Alternatively, you can call one of the following methods, as appropriate, in each of your view controllers, depending on its background color, instead of having to use setNeedsStatusBarAppearanceUpdate:

[[UIApplication sharedApplication] setStatusBarStyle:UIStatusBarStyleLightContent];

or

[[UIApplication sharedApplication] setStatusBarStyle:UIStatusBarStyleDefault];

Note that you'll also need to set UIViewControllerBasedStatusBarAppearance to NO in the plist file if you use this method.