We almost created the same structure as Codecademy Go. Our nested tab and stack navigators can handle most of the app already. But, before users can access the app, they need to authenticate first. Without an account, we can’t keep track of the user’s progress.

To prevent users from accidentally opening screens where they shouldn’t be, we have to “remove” the authenticated screens. react-navigation allows us to do this by dynamically changing the navigator screen components. When changing these screens, react-navigation automatically moves the users over to the right screen.

Instead of using a stack navigator within a tab navigator, we will add a stack navigator as our first navigator.



Let’s start with a simple stack navigator and two screens - LoginScreen and FeedScreen. In this code, we added a context-based state value to keep track of the authentication state. We won’t go into too much detail with the context, if you are unfamiliar with context, check out the documentation.

Right now, we render the FeedScreen without the ability to logout of our app. Add a Button to the FeedScreen that changes the user to false when pressed.


Good! In the real world, users would enter their email or username and a password to authenticate. Let’s keep it simple in our code and only use a similar button to authenticate.

Add another button to the LoginScreen that changes the user to true when pressed.


Perfect, we are almost there! We need to render the LoginScreen or FeedScreen, depending on the current authentication state. We can add this dynamic behavior to our stack navigator.

Change the AppNavigator only to render the LoginScreen when we don’t have a user. When we do have a user, only render the FeedScreen.


Awesome! If you press the button, you should see the right screen. react-navigation supports this behavior out of the box, without the need to manually navigate users.

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