[IOS] FlatList inside FlatList blocks other touchables (children of parent FlatList) in IOS during scroll

This issue has been created since 2022-11-14.


inside a parent vertical FlatList, use a horizontal child FlatList.
While scrolling the child FlatList the other children of parent FlatList cannot trigger onPress. They are blocked.


0.66.0, 0.69.0

Output of npx react-native info

OS: macOS 12.1
CPU: (8) x64 Apple M1 Pro
Memory: 28.88 MB / 16.00 GB
Shell: 5.8 - /bin/zsh
Node: 14.10.0 - ~/.nvm/versions/node/v14.10.0/bin/node
Yarn: 1.22.19 - ~/.nvm/versions/node/v14.10.0/bin/yarn
npm: 6.14.8 - ~/.nvm/versions/node/v14.10.0/bin/npm
Watchman: Not Found
CocoaPods: 1.11.0 - /usr/local/bin/pod
Platforms: iOS 15.0, DriverKit 20.4, macOS 11.3, tvOS 15.0, watchOS 8.0
Android SDK: Not Found
Android Studio: 2021.2 AI-212.5712.43.2112.8815526
Xcode: 13.0/13A233 - /usr/bin/xcodebuild
Java: 14.0.2 - /usr/bin/javac
@react-native-community/cli: Not Found
react: 18.0.0 => 18.0.0
react-native: 0.69.6 => 0.69.6
react-native-macos: Not Found
react-native: Not Found

Steps to reproduce

inside a parent vertical flatlist, use a horizontal child flatlist.
While scrolling the child flatlist the other children of parent flatlist cannot trigger onPress. They are blocked.

Snack, code example, screenshot, or link to a repository

import React, { Component } from 'react';
import { View, Text, TouchableOpacity, SafeAreaView, FlatList, ScrollView } from 'react-native';

const App = ()=> {
const renderListItem = ({ item, index }: any) => {
return (

onScroll={() => {
console.log(" onScroll called in child Flatlist ");

       style={{backgroundColor: 'yellow', padding: 20}}
       onPress={() =>console.log('on Press')}>


return (
        onScroll={() => {
          console.log(" onScroll called Flatlist ");

export default App

PratthamArora wrote this answer on 2022-11-14

Detailed RCA -

Whenever a component is clicked while the scroll is active the onPress function of the component is not being called, however components that were wrapped with touchable opacity components are highlighted i.e visible visual feedback, basically, the touch is being registered but has not been propagated to the component.
The onPress has its own life cycle. The Pressability class relies on various variables such as the current state, the previous state, and the current signal being propagated to this class to complete the entire life cycle of this method.
For onPress to be triggered, the signal that should be received is RESPONDER_RELEASE whereas in our case the signal that is received is RESPONDER_TERMINATED, which means that this event should be canceled.

The gesture recognizer system in React Native works on the Responder System wherein for a particular view to register and execute certain gestures such as a click or a swipe, the current view needs to have a lock on it i.e it needs to be the current responder for that entire page. The way the Responder System works is that it is a singleton at the global level and at one particular moment of time only one view can be the responder, hence all the other views and any gesture triggered on that view is canceled if that view is not the current responder.

One of the issues is when a scroll view is used with onScroll method defined. This is a bubbling event that is emitted from the native to the JS and for a view to consume a particular event and take action on it needs to be the responder since this event is fired every 16 ms on iOS, the scroll view is the current responder until the scrolling is stopped which cancels any other gesture triggered on any other component.

As per the entire journey defined in the Responder System, _handleScrollShouldSetResponder method is called again and again to set the scroll view as the current responder which is called in the ResponderEventPlugin from React which then triggers this method and sets the scroll view as the current responder.

Another issue is where a FlatList is nested inside a parent FlatList. It exhibits the same behavior as described above. Since a FlatList natively extends ScrollView only, it inherits the same characteristics.

After debugging the native implementations and working of ScrollView and it’s events on Android and iOS, and the lifecycle of gestures and the Responder System in React Native and React, I found that _handleScrollShouldSetResponder method is never called on Android but is called on IOS every time an OnScroll event is emitted from native to JS. This method is responsible for setting the scroll view as the current responder.

In Android whenever a Scroll Event is emitted, a boolean responderIgnoreScroll set to true is sent as metadata which is consumed in React where the transfer of responder occurs.
This flag is missing from the Scroll Event data in IOS.
Upon sending this flag with the value set to true, the _handleScrollShouldSetResponder method wasn’t called on IOS just like Android but because of this when I touch a child component of Scrollview and then drag to scroll it does not cancel the touch event and the child view becomes the responder and registers the onPress method instead of the desired behavior where the Scrollview should have scrolled.

PratthamArora wrote this answer on 2022-11-14

Related issue - #35333

PratthamArora wrote this answer on 2022-11-14

tried to use disableScrollViewPanResponder flag on my parent FlatList which does fix the issue to some level but due to this when I touch a child component of parent FlatList and then drag to scroll it does not cancel the touch event and the child view becomes the responder and registers the onPress method instead of the desired behavior where the parent FlatList should have scrolled.

PratthamArora wrote this answer on 2022-11-14

Old Reported issue - #10822

Ggayane wrote this answer on 2022-11-20

Does anyone have an update for this kind of issue? I'm facing the same problem, I have a screen with flat list and it was working perfect on RN v.0.64, after updating to v.0.70 it started to work just terrible, the rendering takes much more longer, and there switching screens blocks the touchable, scrolling, etc...

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