Disabling automatic scrolling of UITableView when editing UITextField inside UITableViewCell

I’m using custom UITableViewCells inside my UITableView. Each of these UITableViewCells is pretty high and contains a UITextField at the top.

When a user taps the UITextField in order to edit it, a keyboard appears and the UITableView scrolls automatically so that the cell is at the top of the screen.

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  • The problem is that this scrolls the UITableView to the bottom of the UITableViewCell, not the top. When the UITableViewCell is high and edited the UITextField is at the top so you can’t see the UITextField. I know how to scroll the UITableView programmatically, but I just don’t know how to disable this automatic scrolling so that I can scroll the UITableView on my own. How can I do this?

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    The autoscroll-behavior is located in the UITableViewController functionality.

    To disable the automatic scrolling I found two ways:

    1. Use instead of the UITableViewController simply a UIViewController – set the datasource and delegate on your own.
    2. Override the viewWillAppear method and don’t call [super viewWillAppear: animated]

    With both solution you disable not only the Autoscroll, but also some other nice but not essential features, that are described in the overview of AppleĀ“s class reference:


    Define properties for your UITableViewController:

    @property (nonatomic) BOOL scrollDisabled;
    @property (nonatomic) CGFloat lastContentOffsetY;

    Before you call becomeFirstResponder:

    // Save the table view's y content offset 
    lastContentOffsetY = tableViewController.tableView.contentOffset.y;
    // Enable scrollDisabled
    scrollDisabled = YES;

    Add the following code to your table view controller:

    -(void)scrollViewDidScroll:(UIScrollView *)scrollView
        if (self.scrollDisabled) {
            [self.tableView setContentOffset:CGPointMake(0, lastContentOffsetY)];

    After you call resignFirstResponder, set scrollDisabled = NO.

    You can do the following:

    - (void)registerForKeyboardNotifications
        [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] addObserver:self
                                                     name:UIKeyboardWillShowNotification object:nil];
        [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] addObserver:self
                                                     name:UIKeyboardDidShowNotification object:nil];
    - (void)unregisterForKeyboardNotifications
        [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] removeObserver:self name:UIKeyboardWillShowNotification object:nil];
        [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] removeObserver:self name:UIKeyboardDidShowNotification object:nil];
    - (void)keyboardWillShow:(NSNotification *)notification
        self.tableView.scrollEnabled = NO;
    - (void)keyboardDidShow:(NSNotification *)notification
        double delayInSeconds = 0.3;
        dispatch_time_t popTime = dispatch_time(DISPATCH_TIME_NOW, (int64_t)(delayInSeconds * NSEC_PER_SEC));
        dispatch_after(popTime, dispatch_get_main_queue(), ^(void){
                self.tableView.scrollEnabled = YES;

    Then implement this UIScrollViewDelegate method

    - (void)scrollViewDidScroll:(UIScrollView *)scrollView
        if (! self.tableView.scrollEnabled)
            [self.tableView scrollToRowAtIndexPath:[NSIndexPath indexPathForItem:0 inSection:0] atScrollPosition:UITableViewScrollPositionTop animated:NO];

    !!! But be warned, that if the user taps in a location in the UITextField that will be covered by the Keyboard, then it won’t scroll.

    From my point of view, the best thing to do is to make sure that all the cells from top to then one with the UITextField included, will be visible when then Keyboard will show.

    The issue for me was not so much that it scrolled but that it took the text view being edited off the screen.

    So instead of preventing the scrolling, I just rescroll the tableview to where I want when the editing is triggered, like this:

    public func textViewShouldBeginEditing(textView: UITextView) -> Bool {            
      dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue()) {
        tableViewController.tableView.scrollToRowAtIndexPath(self.indexPath!, atScrollPosition: UITableViewScrollPosition.Middle, animated: true)
      return true

    Unfortunately, overriding -viewWillAppear: doesn’t work for me in iOS 8.

    Here is my solution (as in UITableViewController implementation):

    - (void)viewDidLoad {
    [super viewDidLoad];
    [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] removeObserver:self.tableView name:UIKeyboardWillShowNotification object:nil];
    [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] removeObserver:self.tableView name:UIKeyboardWillHideNotification object:nil];

    Since the auto-scrolling behaviour is invoked by UIKeyboard’s show/hide notifications, so just NOT observe them.

    The best way is to subclass UITableView and then override setContentOffset(_ contentOffset: CGPoint, animated: Bool) and not to call super.setContentOffset(_ contentOffset: CGPoint, animated: Bool). In this method is where the view controller is doing the automatic scroll.

    override func setContentOffset(_ contentOffset: CGPoint, animated: Bool)
        //Do nothing

    Did you try to set “scrollsToTop” – tableview’s property to NO. By default it is YES.

    You can try doing the following:

    self.tableView.scrollEnabled = NO;

    This should disable the scrollview in the tableview.