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Jordan Varghese
Jordan Varghese

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How to make System Android Navigation Bar Background Transparent in Flutter

Hey there! I'm new to Flutter world but I've got a real soft spot for sleek UI and obsessing over those tiny details. So, right from day one of tinkering with Flutter, I couldn't resist the urge to figure out how to make that default Android system navigation bar (gesture bar) transparent and these are the methods that i found on internet that worked for me

Technique 1

Step 1: import below package in main.dart file
import 'package:flutter/services.dart';

Step 2: add below code in main function
// make navigation bar transparent
const SystemUiOverlayStyle(
systemNavigationBarColor: Colors.transparent,
// make flutter draw behind navigation bar
runApp(const MyApp());

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Technique 2

Step 1: add the below line in build.gradle file found in the path: android/app/build.gradle > dependencies{}

implementation 'androidx.core:core-ktx:1.5.0-beta01' // add this line

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Step 2: add the below import and block of code in MainActivity.kt file found in the path : android/app/src/main/kotlin///MainActivity.kt

import androidx.core.view.WindowCompat //add this line

class MainActivity: FlutterActivity() {
// add the following block of code
override fun onPostResume() {
WindowCompat.setDecorFitsSystemWindows(window, false)
window.navigationBarColor = 0 // for transparent nav bar
window.statusBarColor = 0 // for transparent status bar

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The second technique worked as I expected it to. If the first approach is not working for you, don't forget to try the second one. And if there's any other workaround that is better than this, please share it in the comments.

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