The popover element (lightning-primitive-bubble) from a lightning:helptext component stays rendered on the page even after the parent component containing the lightning:helptext is destroyed and even if the lightning:helptext component is destroyed directly. This only happens on iOS devices. The popover disappears as expected on other platforms.

Is there a programmatic way of forcing the popover element to close?

EDIT: Including code that replicates the problem. These components are used inside a Lightning Community.


<div class="slds-grid slds-grid_align-end">
    <div class="slds-col">
        <c:HelptextTestChild />

<hr />
<br />

<div class="slds-grid">
    <div class="slds-col">


    handleNavigate : function(component, event, helper) {
            url: '/navigate-to-url-test',


    <lightning:helptext content="I stay on screen on iOS devices" />
  • please share the code where you are creating and destroying the components Commented Dec 25, 2018 at 11:50

1 Answer 1


This resulted in a case with Salesforce. They have acknowledged this as a known limitation for iOS devices in the lightning:helptext component documentation by explicitly stating helptext popovers must be closed by tapping on the popover.

On iOS devices, the helptext popover opens when you tap on the icon and closes with a second tap on the popover or the icon.

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