Bug 59931 - FormsAppCompatActivity.GetField("_statusBarHeight") returns null
Summary: FormsAppCompatActivity.GetField("_statusBarHeight") returns null
Alias: None
Product: Forms
Classification: Xamarin
Component: Android ()
Version: 2.4.0
Hardware: PC Windows
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Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2017-10-03 17:18 UTC by MK
Modified: 2017-10-06 18:59 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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

Screenshot of status bar gap (24.04 KB, image/jpeg)
2017-10-06 17:07 UTC, MK

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Description MK 2017-10-03 17:18:53 UTC
Using GetField("_statusBarHeight") on FormsAppCompatActivity in my Android MainActivity OnCreate function returns null. In Xamarin.Forms this still worked correctly. Below the whole relevant code block:

//Activate "resize" soft input mode for pushing controls when a keyboard appears, code from here:
if (Build.VERSION.SdkInt >= BuildVersionCodes.Lollipop) {
     Window.DecorView.SystemUiVisibility = 0;
     var statusBarHeightInfo = typeof(FormsAppCompatActivity).GetField("_statusBarHeight",
                   System.Reflection.BindingFlags.Instance | System.Reflection.BindingFlags.NonPublic);
     statusBarHeightInfo.SetValue(this, 0);
     Window.SetStatusBarColor(new Android.Graphics.Color(ContextCompat.GetColor(Forms.Context, 
Comment 1 MK 2017-10-03 17:20:46 UTC
To clarify: this bug happened for me after updating to version
Comment 2 Paul DiPietro [MSFT] 2017-10-05 16:22:18 UTC
See the below PR for why using reflection no longer works or is needed:

Comment 3 MK 2017-10-06 17:07:56 UTC
Created attachment 25178 [details]
Screenshot of status bar gap
Comment 4 MK 2017-10-06 18:04:37 UTC
Hi Paul,
thanks for the reply.
From the pull request you linked I gather that the code I posted is not necessary anymore, as the gap at the top of the screen shouldn't appear anymore at all. So I guess I should be able to simply use WindowSoftInputMode = SoftInput.AdjustResize in the flags of the main activity? 
Just did a quick test but both on Samsung Galaxy phone and Android 5.1 emulator, the gap is still there and the status bar is  (see attachment).
What am I missing, is there other code needed for AdjustResize mode?

Sorry we are very close to release so I don't have time to dig further at the moment, so for now we will return to Xamarin.Forms

You may also want to pass on to the documentation team that https://xamarinhelp.com/accommodate-on-screen-keyboard-xamarin-forms/ needs to be updated.
Comment 5 MK 2017-10-06 18:59:47 UTC
sorry I take it back, in the end I did try a bit more and the issue was that I still had this line in my style.xml in values-v21:
<item name="android:statusBarColor">@android:color/transparent</item>

This is clearly not needed anymore as you no longer have the status bar underlay. Now status bar shows correctly even with input mode resize.