UWP: Phone status bar issue in Insider builds

Recent Insider builds seem to have a problem with the status bar on UWP programs that I’ve written and deployed via Visual Studio.  The status bar appears with white text and white background (I use the Dark theme).  I’ve found the following fix for it.

  1. Add a reference to Windows Mobile Extensions for UWP in Universal Windows Extensions.  I use version 10240 for backwards compatibility but I could easily use the 10586 version since I always run Insider builds on my phone.
  2. Add the following code to the bottom of the OnLaunched event:
 if (Windows.Foundation.Metadata.ApiInformation.IsTypePresent("Windows.UI.ViewManagement.StatusBar"))
 var statusBar = Windows.UI.ViewManagement.StatusBar.GetForCurrentView();
 statusBar.BackgroundColor = Windows.UI.Colors.Black;
 statusBar.BackgroundOpacity = 1;

This forces the background to black which correctly displays the white status text and icons.  Also note that there is the ability to hide the status bar but I don’t use that.  Of course, if you are using the Light theme this change would probably break it in the reverse manner.  But since I use Dark and the programs I’ve written are only for personal use this fix works for me.


Lumia Denim now available for the AT&T Lumia 830!

Update: It appears like the new firmware has been removed; running WPRT now shows the old firmware.  I was fortunate enough that I was able to get it before removal and my 830 is running much better than before even on the current Windows Insider build.

Original post follows:

No, AT&T didn’t relent and release the firmware update; you will get the new firmware if you use the Windows Phone Recovery Tool (link at bottom of page) to reset your phone back to Windows 8.1.

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