viewWillDisappear: Determine whether view controller is being popped or is showing a sub-view controller

You can use the following.

- (void)viewWillDisappear:(BOOL)animated {
  [super viewWillDisappear:animated];
  NSArray *viewControllers = self.navigationController.viewControllers;
  if (viewControllers.count > 1 && [viewControllers objectAtIndex:viewControllers.count-2] == self) {
    // View is disappearing because a new view controller was pushed onto the stack
    NSLog(@"New view controller was pushed");
  } else if ([viewControllers indexOfObject:self] == NSNotFound) {
    // View is disappearing because it was popped from the stack
    NSLog(@"View controller was popped");

This is, of course, possible because the UINavigationController’s view controller stack (exposed through the viewControllers property) has been updated by the time that viewWillDisappear is called.

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