Can't prevent `touchmove` from scrolling window on iOS Can't prevent `touchmove` from scrolling window on iOS ios ios

Can't prevent `touchmove` from scrolling window on iOS


I recently ran into this same problem. You'll need to pass { passive: false } when registering the touchmove event listener. e.g.

document.addEventListener('touchmove', function(e) {    e.preventDefault();}, { passive: false });

This is because document touch event listeners are now passive by default in Safari 11.1, which is bundled with iOS 11.3. This change is documented in the Safari 11.1 release notes:

Web APIs

  • [...]
  • Updated root document touch event listeners to use passive mode improving scrolling performance and reducing crashes.


You need to bind preventDefault to two events: touchmove and touchforcechange to make it work in ios 11, e.g.

document.addEventListener('touchmove', this.preventDefault, {passive: false});document.addEventListener('touchforcechange', this.preventDefault, {passive: false});

And you should bind them before touchstart

If you bind them inside your touchstart or dragStart handler, they can only prevent scroll in the next dragging.


matomo