Andrei Calazans

How do you toggle a component's visibility without losing its UI space?

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How do you toggle a component’s visibility without losing its UI space?

You can use opacity with pointerEvents prop:

import { View, StyleSheet } from 'react-native';
import { ReactNode } from 'react';

type VisibleProps = { isVisible: boolean; children: ReactNode };

const styles = StyleSheet.create({
  opacityNone: { opacity: 0 },
  opacityOne: { opacity: 1 },

export function Visible({ isVisible, children }: VisibleProps) {
  return (
      style={isVisible ? styles.opacityOne : styles.opacityNone}
      // Using pointerEvents  in style does work.
      pointerEvents={isVisible ? 'auto' : 'none'}

Why do this?

When you do the infamous isVisible && <MyComp /> you remove the component from the UI leaving an empty hole, this causes layout to shift. The above trick does not cause layout shift.

Why use pointerEvents?

This disables touches to children components. Useful when you need to toggle visibility of a button.