Bug 22208 - [iOS] OnAppearing Triggers when poping a modal
Summary: [iOS] OnAppearing Triggers when poping a modal
Alias: None
Product: Forms
Classification: Xamarin
Component: Forms ()
Version: 1.2.3
Hardware: PC Windows
: Normal normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2014-08-19 11:38 UTC by Chase Florell
Modified: 2016-03-16 12:23 UTC (History)
14 users (show)

Tags: iOS OnAppearing ac
Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

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Description Chase Florell 2014-08-19 11:38:05 UTC
simply put, when my root page loads, OnAppearing is triggered... in that method I check if a user has logged in... if they have, I PushModalAsync a LoginPage.

After the user logs in, I pop the modal.


 - The OnAppearing method of the Parent (Root) page should not trigger a second time when the modal is popped


Behavior evident in

  - Xamarin.Forms 1.0.6186
  - Xamarin.Forms
  - Xamarin.Forms


using Xamarin.Forms;

namespace OnAppearingCase
    public class App
        public static bool UserHasSuccessfullyLoggedIn;
        public static INavigation Navigation;
        public static Page GetMainPage()
            return new RootPage();

    public class RootPage : MasterDetailPage
        private readonly Label _label;

        public RootPage()
            _label = new Label { Text = "Hello World!", VerticalOptions = LayoutOptions.CenterAndExpand, HorizontalOptions = LayoutOptions.CenterAndExpand };

            Master = new ContentPage { Title = "Master" };
            var detail = new NavigationPage(new ContentPage{Content = _label, Title="Detail"});
            App.Navigation = detail.Navigation;
            Detail = detail;

        protected override async void OnAppearing()
            if (!App.UserHasSuccessfullyLoggedIn)
                await App.Navigation.PushModalAsync(new FakeLoginPage());
                // this else should only execute the SECOND time the app starts up
                // AFTER the bool flag is set from some other means.
                // this repro doesn't do that, so this else statement should never be hit.
                _label.Text = "If you're reading this, there's a bug.";

    public class FakeLoginPage : ContentPage
        public FakeLoginPage()
            var button = new Button {Text = "Click Me To Return", VerticalOptions = LayoutOptions.CenterAndExpand, HorizontalOptions = LayoutOptions.CenterAndExpand};
            button.Clicked += (sender, args) =>
                App.UserHasSuccessfullyLoggedIn = true;
            Content = button;
Comment 1 Parmendra Kumar 2014-08-21 12:08:56 UTC
I have checked this issue and able to reproduce this, To reproduce this issue I
have followed the steps mentioned in Bug Description.
I observed that when root page loads, OnAppearing is triggered.

Screencast: http://www.screencast.com/t/Q6t2LeTmWVQ


Environment info:

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Comment 2 laygr 2014-09-03 13:29:27 UTC
On iOS, the willAppear delegate method is called when you dismiss a modal view. Shouldn't it also be the same for Xamarin.Forms?
Comment 3 Adam Kemp 2014-09-03 23:22:33 UTC
This is the behavior I would expect. If it doesn't behave this way on other platforms then those platforms are wrong. OnAppearing is for when the view is appearing, not just the first time but every time.

If you want to track when it appears the first time then you can use state in your own class to do that. You could also just check state to see if the user is already logged in before presenting a login view.

The behavior described here should not change. It's not a bug.
Comment 4 Chase Florell 2014-09-04 11:55:21 UTC
Adam, that's irrelevant though isn't it? I mean, the basis of the bug report is that it behaves differently between the two platforms... Therefore the approach we would use for one will cause issues for the other.
Comment 5 Adam Kemp 2014-09-04 12:30:59 UTC
I agree. The platforms should behave consistently, and if they're not then something should be fixed. But the behavior described for iOS should be the correct behavior.
Comment 6 Jason Smith [MSFT] 2015-02-05 05:29:01 UTC
This is scheduled into 1.3.5 release, thank you for your patience
Comment 7 Timur Zanagar 2015-03-18 07:17:50 UTC
I think the schedule is changed now? Latest stable version is 1.4.0.
Comment 8 John Miller [MSFT] 2015-07-16 07:44:23 UTC
I would expect this behavior, I don't think it's a bug. 

The inconsistency is a separate issue: https://bugzilla.xamarin.com/show_bug.cgi?id=26479
Comment 9 Jason Smith [MSFT] 2016-03-16 12:23:39 UTC
Thank you for taking the time to submit this report. After reviewing the description of this bug, we no longer believe it affects the current version of Xamarin.Forms. If you are still experiencing the issue after updating your packages, please reopen this report with an attached reproduction.
For your convenience, we have created some reproduction best practices viewable here: https://gist.github.com/jassmith/92405c300e54a01dcc6d

Warm regards,
Xamarin Forms Team