How to remove box shadows from input controls on iOS

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Those default box shadows that appear inside of your input elements on iOS can be pretty annoying, especially if you're going for a flat or subtle look. Here's how to remove them.

Unfortunately, it's not as simple as setting the box-shadow property to none. Instead, you have to alter the -webkit-appearance property:

textarea {
  -webkit-appearance: none;

That gets rid of the shadow but, for best results, you'll probably want to set your own border, background, and — perhaps ironically — your own box shadow.