Hiding Safari User Interface Components on iPhone

Hiding Safari User Interface Components on iPhone

In an attempt to hide the Safari UI components for an web-app bookmarked as a Homescreen Icon. I am using this meta tag

<meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-capable" content="yes" /> 

as specified on iPhone Dev Center but the address bar and toolbar are still there when launched from the home screen icon. What do I need to do different? Does anyone have an example?

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<meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-capable" content="yes" /> 
and launching from a home-screen link.

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Is it being launched from the home screen? The documentation on the linked page does not mention but I found this @ Configuring Web Applications:.
For example, you can specify an icon for your web application used to represent it when added to the Home screen, as described in “Specifying a Webpage Icon for Web Clip.” You can also minimize the Safari on iPhone user interface, as described in “Changing the Status Bar Appearance” and “Hiding Safari User Interface Components,” when your web application is launched from the Home screen.

These are all optional settings that when added to your web content are ignored by other platforms.


Have you tried adding....
<meta name="apple-touch-fullscreen" content="yes" /> 


From what I can tell, iOS only pays attention to the flags when you actually add the app.

If the apple-mobile-web-app-capable thingy doesn't work at first, try deleting your app from the home screen then re-adding it.. I've run some experiments and found:.
  • the location of the meta tag within the headers doesn't seem to matter (I thought it might!)
  • after adding the app and having it remove the address bar correctly, if you then remove the meta tags from the web page, iOS continues to remove the toolbar.
  • even after rebooting the device it still 'remembers' whether to remove the toolbar.

    The only way I've found of resetting this behaviour is to remove and re-add the app.
Hope that helps!.


I know this is pretty old, but I came across this while searching for a solution.

I was able to fix this by also adding:.
window.top.scrollTo(0, 1); 
to the body's onload method.

Hope it helps anyone else coming across this..



Try this.
<meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-capable" content="yes"> <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width; user-scalable=0;"> <meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-status-bar-style" content="black"> <link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="icon.png"> 


There is a new directive, called "minimal-ui" that iOS browser takes into account (at least on the iPhone where I tested).

Toolbars are hidden until the user clicks on the status bar on top.

Very nice for one page apps!. Here is the snippet I use:. <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0, maximum-scale=1.0, user-scalable=no, minimal-ui">.


That should indeed behave as expected, I have used it in the past without any difficulties.



<meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-capable" content="yes" /> 
This will work if:.
  1. The tag exists when the app is added to the home screen.
  2. The app is launched from the home screen.


<meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-capable" content="yes" /> 
works on iOS6 + Mobile Safari Browser but ONLY if you added the page to your homescreen AFTER you included the meta tag on your site..


all above meta tags and window.scrollTo, did not work on ipad for me, i found a button on safari next to bookmarks where you get an option called 'Add to Home Screen' it creates a new tile icon, and you can launch your web app like a native app, and no address bar there..


Since iOS 7.1, you can use minimal-ui.
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1, minimal-ui"> 

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