How to fix popup's scrolling on Safari

2019-02-21 · 2 min read

Today, I created a fancy popup, well just a normal one, to open a overlay with a simple register form. Suddenly, someone with iPhone shouted, "Hey, that is not working on my iPhone!"

Not working? When I look at his screen, it is iPhone with Safari. Obviously, the scroll did not only scroll the popup, but also the HTML body!


I am an Android user, so I can only check with my Android phone. The popup looks fine on IE, Chrome, Firefox in desktop and Chrome/Firefox in Android.

Here the headache comes, the scroll does not work on Safari. Only Safari! Of course, you cannot reproduce this behavior on Windows or Android.

My HTML markdown is like this:

<body class="no-scroll">
    <div class="overlay hide">
        <div class="popup" id="popup">
            <!-- Lots of contents here -->

and my CSS is like this:

.c-overlay {
    position: fixed;
    width: 100%;
    height: 100%;
    top: 0;
    left: 0;
    right: 0;
    bottom: 0;
    background-color: rgba(25, 25, 25, 0.4);
    transition: ease 300ms;
    z-index: 1030;

.popup {
    position: relative;
    width: 100%
    height: 100%;
    max-width: 800px;

.no-scroll {
    overflow: hidden !important;

Looks normal. Finally, after trial and errors, I know that this is exclusive behavior of Safari, or WebKit browser.

First Try: add webkit specific css

First, I tried to add this to .popup and body:

overflow-y: scroll;
-webkit-overflow-scrolling: touch;

It doesn't work, the body is keep scrolling! But this CSS does add momentum scrolling to my page in Safari.

Second Try: add tag on body

Some comments said they fixed it by adding this tag to body. Not working in my case. The body keeps scrolling, scrolling and scrolling.

<body class="no-scroll" ontouchstart="">

Final Answer: body-scroll-lock

I found this package from Stackoverflow, it seems to have workarounds for Safari, to stop the strange behavior while touchstart and touchmove.

Paste the minimized JavaScript tag to HTML and:

const targetElement = document.getElementById("popup"); //only popup can scroll

//put this when popup opens, to stop body scrolling

//put this when close popup and show scrollbar in body

It finally fixes my problem! Everyone is happy.

Hard to test on Safari as an Android user, but it is good to recognize this problem. Hope this guide can help someone in need. :)

Written by Yuki Cheung

Hey there, I am Yuki! I'm a front-end software engineer who's passionate about both coding and gaming.

When I'm not crafting code, you'll often find me immersed in the worlds of Fire Emblem and The Legend of Zelda—those series are my absolute favorites! Lately, I've been delving into the fascinating realm of AI-related topics too.