How to Clear a Text Field in Appium

How to Clear a Text Field in Appium

21 May 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Clearing a pre-filled text field in Appium can sometimes be challenging, particularly when the standard clear() method does not work as expected. If you are facing issues with clearing text fields in your Appium tests, you are not alone. This guide will walk you through different approaches to solve this problem effectively.

Method 1: Click and Clear

One of the simplest and most effective methods is to click on the text field before clearing it. This approach ensures that the field is focused and ready to be cleared. Here’s how you can implement it:

  WebElement mob = driver.findElement("Mobile Number"));;

Method 2: Using XPath and SendKeys

If the above method does not work, another approach is to use XPath to locate the text field and then use sendKeys() followed by clear():

  WebElement text = driver.findElement(By.xpath("//UIATextField[1]"));

Method 3: Precise Tap and Delete

For scenarios where the above methods fail, you can use a more precise method that involves tapping at the end of the text field and then using the delete key. This method is more complex but can be more reliable:

  public void clearTextField(WebElement element) {
      double x = element.getLocation().getX() + element.getSize().width - 5;
      double y = element.getLocation().getY() + ((double) element.getSize().height / 3);
      preciseTap(x, y, 0.1, 1);
      while (!element.getText().isEmpty()) {

  public void preciseTap(double x, double y, double duration, int touchCount) {
      JavascriptExecutor js = (JavascriptExecutor) driver;
      HashMap tapObject = new HashMap();
      tapObject.put("x", x);
      tapObject.put("y", y);
      tapObject.put("touchCount", (double)touchCount);
      tapObject.put("duration", duration);
      js.executeScript("mobile: tap", tapObject);

  public void pressDeleteKey() {
      HashMap swipeObject = new HashMap();
      swipeObject.put("keycode", 67);
      ((JavascriptExecutor) driver).executeScript("mobile: keyevent", swipeObject);

Alternative Tools

If you find that Appium is too slow or the tests are unstable, consider using Repeato, a no-code test automation tool for iOS and Android. Repeato allows you to create, run, and maintain automated tests for your apps quickly and efficiently. Unlike Appium, Repeato uses computer vision and AI, making test creation and execution blazingly fast. This can significantly improve your development workflow and reduce test maintenance overhead.

For more information on how to use Repeato, check out our documentation.

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