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How to place content outside the safe area

Paul Hudson    @twostraws   

Updated for Xcode 14.0 beta 1

By default your SwiftUI views will mostly stay inside the safe area – they will go to the bottom of the screen, but it won’t go near any notch at the top of the device.

If you want to change that – if you want your view to be truly full screen, even if that means being partly obscured by a notch or other hardware cut outs – then you should use the ignoresSafeArea() modifier.

For example, this creates a red text view that asks to fill all available space, then sets it to ignore any safe areas so that it goes truly edge to edge.

Text("Hello World")
    .frame(minWidth: 100, maxWidth: .infinity, minHeight: 100, maxHeight: .infinity)
    .background(.red)
    .ignoresSafeArea()

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A phone showing the words “Hello World” over a red background which fills the screen.

There is a second, similar modifier called safeAreaInset(), which allows us to place distinct content outside the safe area while also adjusting the remaining safe area so that all its contents remain visible.

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