I am using Monogame to create a small Android game. I am trying to draw a sprite to the Android screen but it seems to have a padding of some pixels. The same game works fine on desktop.

How can I remove the padding? The graphic itself has no borders etc; the problem is also reproducible with any other sprite.

I have created a new project in VS2019 with the Monogame templates for VS2017 and tried to reproduce this behavior in a new project.

It seems that the problem has something to do with the notch of my emulator. In an emulator without a notch the problem seems to be non existent. I found this thread on the Monogame community but it hasn't got any answers.

My source code looks in its simplest form now as follows:

    private Texture2D _texture;

    protected override void LoadContent()
        spriteBatch = new SpriteBatch(GraphicsDevice);
        _texture = Content.Load<Texture2D>("BasicTV");

    protected override void Draw(GameTime gameTime)

        spriteBatch.Draw(_texture, Vector2.Zero, Color.White);


The result of this code is this:

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The Game is compiled for Android 8.1 and I use the Monogame framework 3.7.1.

  • \$\begingroup\$ What size is the texture? If it's not a power-of-2, have you checked if your Android GPU supports non-power-of-2 textures? Likewise, there may be a requirement for width to be a multiple of 4. \$\endgroup\$ – Maximus Minimus Oct 6 '19 at 17:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MaximusMinimus It is now height:1024 width:2048. The behavior stays the same. In Landscape mode the padding is much smaller but still observable. In the real app I have a transformation matrix which makes the small padding to appear bigger and it is on the top and the bottom, which leads me to think that if i had a big enough picture you could observe the same problem in my little demo \$\endgroup\$ – Bongo Oct 6 '19 at 18:06

After trying several things it seems that it is a problem with version 3.7.1 of Monogame. I switched to Version 3.6 and the padding is gone. I will update this answer/question if I find the reason why 3.6 behaves differently then 3.7.1

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