Native Edit menu should be used [ IOS ]

Use case

On IOS, the edit menu when highlighting text does not behave as it’s native counter-part. Is there a reason Flutter does not use the native Edit menu?


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Reproducible code

Flutter create issue
cd issue
Copy this into main.dart

import 'package:flutter/material.dart';

void main() {
  runApp(const MyApp());

class MyApp extends StatelessWidget {
  const MyApp({Key? key}) : super(key: key);

  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return MaterialApp(
      title: 'Flutter Demo',
      theme: ThemeData(
      home: const MyHomePage(),

class MyHomePage extends StatefulWidget {
  const MyHomePage({
    Key? key,
  }) : super(key: key);

  State createState() => _MyHomePageState();

class _MyHomePageState extends State {
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return Scaffold(
      body: Center(
        child: Column(
          children: [TextFormField()],

into main.dart
flutter run

Type in a string into the TextFormField double tap or long press on it. Compare and contrast the differences between the Edit menu of the issue app and the Edit menu of the Safari app.

1 thought on “Native Edit menu should be used [ IOS ]

  1. @adeolaex See also #41507, which shows some nuances we’re not getting right with the color. +1 to filing new bugs, we definitely want to match this as perfectly as possible and would be happy to tweak anything specific to make it better.

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