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Changing The iOS Status Bar Of Your Progressive Web App

Even after making your PWA web app capable (standalone) you may notice that its full-screen version still does not fully resemble a native iOS application. One of the most obvious differences that remains is often that the status bar at the top of the screen (which usually displays the time and battery status) appears completely black and does not show any text or symbols. Take a look at Instagram’s PWA, for example:

Status bar for Instagram’s native iOS app
Status bar for Instagram’s PWA

In order to change the iOS status bar of your progressive web app, you must use the apple-mobile-web-app-status-bar-style meta tag. Unfortunately, the number of ways to customize the status bar is fairly limited, but Apple offers three distinct settings: default, black, and black-translucent.


Status bar with “default” setting

The default setting has a white background with black text and symbols.

<meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-status-bar-style" content="default">


Status bar with “black” setting

The black setting has a black background and black text and symbols, making it appear completely black. If you do not use the status bar meta tag, this is what status bar will look like.

<meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-status-bar-style" content="black">


Status bar with “black-translucent” setting

The black-translucent setting has white text and symbols, and will take the same background color as the body of your web app. Unfortunately, the text color will remain white even if you use a light background color.

<meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-status-bar-style" content="black-translucent">

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