Change UIDatePicker font color?

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All I need (on iOS 8.x and 9.0) is this one line to change the font color:

        [my_date_picker setValue:[UIColor whiteColor] forKey:@"textColor"];

No subclassing or invoking of private APIs…

Note: today’s current date will still be highlighted (in newer iOS versions). You can get around this by using the following code:

if ([my_date_picker respondsToSelector:sel_registerName("setHighlightsToday:")]) {

#pragma clang diagnostic push
#pragma clang diagnostic ignored "-Wundeclared-selector"

        [my_date_picker performSelector:@selector(setHighlightsToday:) withObject:[NSNumber numberWithBool:NO]];

#pragma clang diagnostic pop


Next solution comes from “arturgrigor” and it works great in my apps, just copy it, paste it in viewDidLoad method, and enjoy it :

[my_datePicker setValue:[UIColor whiteColor] forKeyPath:@"textColor"];
SEL selector = NSSelectorFromString( @"setHighlightsToday:" );
NSInvocation *invocation = [NSInvocation invocationWithMethodSignature :
BOOL no = NO;
[invocation setSelector:selector];
[invocation setArgument:&no atIndex:2];
[invocation invokeWithTarget:my_datePicker];

As of Swift 2.1:

picker.setValue(UIColor.whiteColor(), forKey: "textColor")
picker.sendAction("setHighlightsToday:", to: nil, forEvent: nil)
let date = NSDate()
picker.setDate(date, animated: false)

Instead of “today” you will see the current day,

One other alternative to @Jeremiah answer is to define those values in Interface Builder.
I prefer this one because there is no code to add in your ViewController.

Click into your DatePicker view and customise it from the Attribute inspector as in the screenshot.

Works for Swift 2 and probably for Swift < 2. (not tested)

According to Apple’s UIKit User Interface Catalog, developers are not allowed to customize date pickers.

I’ve seen other StackOverflow answers for similar questions that suggest making a fake UIDatePicker using UIPickerView and customizing that.

I also found an open source date picker on GitHub (at ) that might help a bit. It allows for different background and selector styles, but not a different font or font attributes…. yet.

If anyone wants the swift solution, I placed the following in viewDidLoad:

    birthdayDatePicker.setValue(DesignHelper.getOffWhiteColor(), forKey: "textColor")
    birthdayDatePicker.performSelector("setHighlightsToday:", withObject:DesignHelper.getOffWhiteColor())

To change UIDatePicker text color use:

    // MARK: - Helping content 

    private enum DatePickerProperties: String {
        case TextColor = "textColor"
        case HighlightsToday = "highlightsToday"

    // MARK: - Outlets

    @IBOutlet private weak var datePicker: UIDatePicker!

    // MARK: - Lifecicle

    public override func awakeFromNib() {

        self.datePicker.setValue(UIColor.whiteColor(), forKey: DatePickerProperties.TextColor.rawValue)
        self.datePicker.setValue(false, forKey: DatePickerProperties.HighlightsToday.rawValue)

It works like a charm with xCode 7.3 and Swift 2.3.

This subclass of UIDatePicker works for iOS 7. Its not pretty but gets the job done.

#define kNotification_UIView_didAddSubview @"kNotification_UIView_didAddSubview"
@implementation UIView (addSubview)

-(void) didAddSubview:(UIView *)subview{
    [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] postNotificationName:kNotification_UIView_didAddSubview object:self];

@interface DatePicker ()
@property (nonatomic, strong) UIColor* textColor;

@implementation DatePicker

-(id) initWithFrame:(CGRect)frame{
    self = [super initWithFrame:frame];
    if (self){
        [self setup];
    return self;
-(id) initWithCoder:(NSCoder *)aDecoder{
    self = [super initWithCoder:aDecoder];
    if (self){
        [self setup];
    return self;

-(void) setup{
    self.textColor = [UIColor darkTextColor];
    [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] addObserver:self selector:@selector(subviewsUpdated:) name:kNotification_UIView_didAddSubview object:nil];

-(void) dealloc{
    [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] removeObserver:self];

-(void) updateLabels:(UIView*) view{
    for (UILabel* label in view.subviews){
        if ([label isKindOfClass:[UILabel class]]){
            label.textColor = self.textColor;
            [self updateLabels:label];

-(BOOL) isSubview:(UIView*) view{
    if (view == nil){
        return NO;
    if (view.superview == self){
        return YES;
    return [self isSubview:view.superview];

-(void) subviewsUpdated:(NSNotification*) notification{
    if ([notification.object isKindOfClass:NSClassFromString(@"UIPickerTableView")] && [self isSubview:notification.object]){
        [self updateLabels:notification.object];


You can also add this as an IBDesignable if you want to configure this within InterFace Builder.

    import UIKit

extension UIDatePicker {
    @IBInspectable var textLabelColor: UIColor? {
        get {
            return self.valueForKey("textColor") as? UIColor
        set {
            self.setValue(newValue, forKey: "textColor")
            self.performSelector("setHighlightsToday:", withObject:newValue) //For some reason this line makes the highlighted text appear the same color but can not be changed from textColor. 

As alternative to @Jeremiah answer, you can use this:

datePicker.setValue(UIColor.redColor(), forKey: "textColor")
datePicker.sendAction("setHighlightsToday:", to: nil, forEvent: nil)
datePicker.setDate(NSDate(timeIntervalSinceReferenceDate: 0), animated: false)

it will remove Today (you will see current date), but it will be with right color.

Possible troubles:
if you change color dynamically, I didn’t find a way to reload date picker. So, the user will see previous color and only after scroll, color will changed to a new one. -> Solved, by last string. Looks like Voodoo, but it works…

This answer suitable for Swift 2.1

[date_picker setValue:textColor forKey:@"textColor"];
[date_picker performSelector:@selector(setHighlightsToday:) withObject:NO];

Add Runtime Attribute named “textColor” from Storyboard as shown in following image.

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For Xamarin developers:

DatePicker.SetValueForKey(UIColor.White, new NSString("textColor"));
DatePicker.SetValueForKey(FromObject(false), new NSString("highlightsToday"));

It´s working like a charm.
Tested in iOS 9 and 10