Bottom navigation items should always have labels. In rare cases where context is sufficient and an accessibility expert has reviewed the design, labels could be undefined in order to make an icon-only bottom navigation.
Bottom navigation items have an option for side labels when in landscape mode or on a tablet. This helps to utilize the available horizontal space more effectively. When using this option, items in the navigation are horizontally distributed.
Bottom navigation items should always have icons. Icons provide metaphors for quick visual reference and help to reinforce a product's navigation. Icons also help to supplement labels, for better comprehension.
Bottom navigation can be given a primary or secondary background color. Primary background is a lighter background color for bottom navigation on all themes. It should be used when an app’s default background is gray-100, gray-75, or gray-300 on light themes, or gray-75 or gray-50 on dark themes.
Secondary background is a slightly darker background color on all themes. It should be used when an app’s default background is gray-75, gray-50, or gray-300 on light themes, or gray-100 or gray-50 on dark themes.
When a device is in landscape mode, bottom navigation items can be distributed horizontally to fill the width of the screen. This distribution can only be used with the side label placement option.
Bottom navigation items can be given notification badges for indicating status or important information. Be mindful of how frequently you notify users and what type of content should trigger a notification badge, to avoid causing users to ignore badges altogether.
A bottom navigation item in a disabled state shows that an item exists, but is not available in that circumstance. This state can be used to maintain layout continuity and to communicate that the item may become available later. Don't disable a bottom navigation item unless absolutely necessary.
From the design point of view, each component has a number of options. These options and their names are platform agnostic, and each implementation should adapt these to fit into their framework.
bottom / side
|bottom (mobile, portrait) / side (tablet, landscape)|
primary / secondary
yes / no
yes / no
Bottom navigation is intended to be used as the highest, or top-level, navigation. Don't use bottom navigation for segmenting sub-content or sub-sections of your app.
App bars should use a background color that is consistent with the bottom navigation. This ensures that your app provides users with a clear visual hierarchy of the layers and structure of your product.
Use concise labels for bottom navigation items. A tool like World Ready can help to ensure that the translations of labels are also reasonably short. Having concise labels ensures that the layout will be usable across a variety of device sizes, orientations, and locales.
Avoid using too many bottom navigation items for your app. Having more items adds unnecessary complexity and compromises the touch hit area of each item. The recommended number of bottom navigation items is between 3 to 5.
Icon meanings and navigation items vary by product. In order to make sure that your users fully understand your product’s navigation, it’s highly recommended to use labels with icons in bottom navigation. Do not use the “unlabeled” or “selected” options for bottom navigation label visibility mode.
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Works properly across all four color themes (lightest, light, dark, darkest).
Includes a desktop scale (UWP, macOS, web desktop) and a mobile scale (iOS, Android, web mobile).
Color is not used as the only visual means of conveying information (WCAG 2.0 1.4.1).
Text has a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1 for small text and at least 3:1 for large text (WCAG 2.0 1.4.3).
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Works properly across various locales and includes guidelines for bi-directionality (RTL).
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