This is a common pitfall when you are using UIStatusBarStyleLightContent for your status bar when you want light colored status text over dark colored background.

There are 2 things that you MUST set to make it work.

  1. This is usually what developers will do - Under Target settings > General > Status Bar Style > Change to Light. This will effect the Info.plist to include UIStatusBarStyleLightContent.

  2. This is an obscure/unnatural step - In Info.plist, add View controller-based status bar appearance and set to NO




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