Bug 22493 - Can't dismiss MFMailComposeViewController
Summary: Can't dismiss MFMailComposeViewController
Alias: None
Product: iOS
Classification: Xamarin
Component: Xamarin.iOS.dll ()
Version: 3.x
Hardware: PC Windows
: Normal normal
Target Milestone: Untriaged
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2014-08-28 23:58 UTC by djvoracious
Modified: 2014-09-04 22:21 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

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Description djvoracious 2014-08-28 23:58:16 UTC
There seems to be a bug when the MFMailComposeViewController is instantiated upon ViewDidLoad. First time the view is opened the View is loaded fine. Clicking 'cancel' causes the view to disappear. However, upon loading it again, the view can't be dismissed. The following code replicates the issue

    public class AppDelegate : UIApplicationDelegate
        public UIViewController MainController { get; set; }

        public UIWindow Window { get; set; }

        public override bool FinishedLaunching(UIApplication application, NSDictionary launchOptions)
            Window = new UIWindow(UIScreen.MainScreen.Bounds);

            //MainController = new MyTabController("Some Value");
            MainController = new MySendEmailController();

            Window.RootViewController = MainController;


            return true;


    public class MySendEmailController : UITabBarController

        private MyEmailScreen _sendEmailScreen;
        private UIViewController _dummyTab;

        public override void ViewDidLoad()

            _sendEmailScreen = new MyEmailScreen();
            _sendEmailScreen.View.BackgroundColor = UIColor.Black;
            _sendEmailScreen.Title = "Send Email";

            _dummyTab = new UIViewController();
            _dummyTab.Title = "Green";
            _dummyTab.View.BackgroundColor = UIColor.Green;

            var tabs = new UIViewController[]{
                _sendEmailScreen, _dummyTab
            ViewControllers = tabs;

            SelectedViewController = _sendEmailScreen;
    public class MyEmailScreen : UIViewController
        private UIButton _button;

        private MFMailComposeViewController _mailController;

        public override void ViewDidLoad()

            _button = new UIButton(new RectangleF(0,0, View.Bounds.Width, 100));
            _button.SetTitle("Click me", UIControlState.Normal);
            _button.TouchUpInside +=(sender, args) => 
                            this.PresentViewController(_mailController, true, null);

            _mailController = new MFMailComposeViewController();

            _mailController.SetSubject("Can't dismiss me");

            _mailController.SetMessageBody("Cant dismiss on opening a second time", false);

            _mailController.Finished += FinishedSendingEmail;

        private void FinishedSendingEmail(object s, MFComposeResultEventArgs args)
            _mailController.DismissViewController(true, null);
Comment 1 Parmendra Kumar 2014-08-29 08:27:03 UTC
I have checked this issue and able to reproduce this, To reproduce this issue I
have followed the sample code mentioned in bug description. And observed that that 
when we click second time to cancel then the view can't be dismissed.


Output Log: https://gist.github.com/Parmendrak/eb13c63279188ef8fc7a

Environment info:

Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2013
Version 12.0.30723.00 Update 3
Microsoft .NET Framework
Version 4.5.51641

Xamarin (0b2a123923812a88ed3091909478dbe9e0111f00)
Visual Studio extension to enable development for Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android
Comment 2 djvoracious 2014-08-29 20:56:23 UTC
The current work around for this is to instantiate the member object on ViewWillAppear(bool animated) method instead of the ViewDidLoad.
Comment 3 Sebastien Pouliot 2014-09-04 22:21:18 UTC
This is a known issue in iOS (since 6.0 according to [1]) where the controller cannot be reused. IOW you need to recreate a new instance of `MFMailComposeViewController` every time.

Here's a modified version of your code that works [2]. Take note that the `Finished` event might be called on any thread, so calling DismissViewController is dangerous [3] and should only be done with a bit of ezra care (to ensure it's called on the main UI thread).

I encourage you to file a bug report (radar) with Apple about it [4]. You won't be the first to file it - but they often assign priorities based on the number of feedback they receive.

[1] http://stackoverflow.com/a/15441244/220643
[2] https://gist.github.com/spouliot/4b88583fdad5ea4ccb73
[3] http://tirania.org/monomac/archive/2012/Sep-10.html
[4] https://bugreport.apple.com/