Ask questionsPressable has unchangeable delay for opacity effect (onPressIn)


The <Pressable /> component has an unchangeable delay between pressing and visual feedback.


<table> <tr> <th>Pressable</th> <th>TouchableOpacity</th> </tr> <tr> <td><img src="" height=120/></td> <td><img src="" height=120/></td> </tr> </table>

As you can see, the TouchableOpacity has instant visual feedback when I press it, where as the Pressable takes about 120ms (wild guess). I though should fix this delay?

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Steps To Reproduce

Provide a detailed list of steps that reproduce the issue.

  1. Create <Pressable /> component
  2. Give it an opacity effect with the new style function that supplies the pressed argument
  3. See delay between press and effect

Expected Results

The opacity effect/visual feedback should appear instantly, like on the TouchableOpacity.

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


import React, { useCallback } from 'react';
import { Pressable, PressableProps, PressableStateCallbackType, StyleProp, ViewStyle } from 'react-native';

export interface PressableOpacityProps extends PressableProps {
	disabledOpacity?: number;

export type StyleType = (state: PressableStateCallbackType) => StyleProp<ViewStyle>;

export default function PressableOpacity(props: PressableOpacityProps): JSX.Element {
	const { style, disabled, disabledOpacity, ...passThroughProps } = props;

	const getOpacity = useCallback(
		(pressed: boolean) => {
			if (disabled) return disabledOpacity ?? 1;
			else return pressed ? 0.6 : 1;
		[disabled, disabledOpacity],
	const _style = useCallback<StyleType>(({ pressed }) => [style, { opacity: getOpacity(pressed) }], [getOpacity, style]);

	return <Pressable style={_style} disabled={disabled} {...passThroughProps} />;

Now just use it:


export default function App() {
  return (<PressableOpacity style={{ width: 200, height: 30 }} onPress={() => console.log('hello!')} />);

Answer questions yungsters

Thanks for the tag, @andreialecu.

I'd like to share some history, the purpose of the delay, what changed recently, and what I propose that we do next.

The default "press in" delay of 130ms was always in Touchable.Mixin, but it was accidentally always overridden to zero by TouchableWithoutFeedback, et al.

The purpose of this delay is to prevent accidental activations when a user initiates a scroll gesture. For example, if you have a <ScrollView> and a <Pressable> within it, we do not want the <Pressable>'s "pressed" style to be displayed if the user only happened to press it as the start of a scrolling / swiping gesture. The 130ms delay creates enough time for the <ScrollView> to emit a cancel event if a scroll gesture is detected.

Keep in mind that when a "press out" is detected within the 130ms, we immediately fire onPressIn and onPressOut. However, as mentioned above, we still have a problem in which a user who quickly taps an interactive element does not experience any visual feedback. This is because when onPressIn and onPressOut fire instantaneously, the onPressIn visual side effect is not visible. To fix this, we introduced a minimum press duration so that onPressOut will always fire at least 130ms after onPressIn (to give people time to see the visual feedback of the element being pressed).

The fix for preserving the default press in duration was only intended for <Pressable>. But when TouchableWithoutFeedback (et al) was refactored to use Pressability, I forgot to inherit the original bug. We can fix that.

There is still the remaining question of what the default behavior for <Pressable> should be. I recognize the concerns around unnecessary delays, but I also want to highlight the purpose of the delay (to avoid accidental activations on scroll gestures). We could certainly introduce a delayPressIn prop to <Pressable>, but I think we should avoid it if possible because I believe the only use case would be setting delayPressIn={0}.

One thing we could do is change <Pressable> to default to 130ms only when nested within a <ScrollView>. The downside of this approach is that if the scrolling container is rendered by a parent view (outside of React Native), <Pressable> may not know about that and will not behave correctly.

Curious to hear what everyone thinks. Thanks!


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