Xamarin Forms iOS status bar text color

I am unable to change the status bar text color of my Xamarin Forms iOS app to white. I have change in my info.plist as follow:


Yet the color still remain black.. Is there another way to change the status bar text color?


In Xamarin.Forms, there are three things you need to do to achieve white text in the iOS Status Bar. I've also posted a sample Xamarin.Forms app below that uses white text in the iOS Status Bar.

1. Update the Info.plist

In Info.plist, add the Boolean Property View controller-based status bar appearance and set its value to No

2. Use a NavigationPage & Set the Navigation Bar Text Color to White

In the Application class (typically App.cs), the MainPage must be a NavigationPage, and the BarTextColor must be set to Color.White

3. Clean & Rebuild the App

Sometimes the compiler doesn't update the Status Bar Color until you Clean and Rebuild the app, so after making the changes in steps 1 & 2, clean the app and rebuild it.

Sample App


The only way to change status bar in IOS for me was to use this code in FinishedLaunching in AppDelegate

public override bool FinishedLaunching(UIApplication app, NSDictionary options)
    global::Xamarin.Forms.Forms.Init ();

    LoadApplication (.....);
    app.SetStatusBarStyle(UIStatusBarStyle.LightContent, true);

    return base.FinishedLaunching (app, options);

Select the NavigationBar and change the Style property to Black.

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