How to Implement a Splash Screen in Your Android App

How to Implement a Splash Screen in Your Android App

6 June 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Adding a splash screen to your Android app can enhance its visual appeal and provide a more professional user experience. This guide will walk you through implementing a splash screen using a method that ensures minimal delay and optimal performance.

Step-by-Step Implementation

Create a Splash Screen Theme

First, you need to define a custom theme for your splash screen. This theme will be applied to your main activity to display the splash screen immediately upon app launch.

<style name="splashScreenTheme" parent="@android:style/Theme.DeviceDefault.Light.NoActionBar">
    <item name="android:windowBackground">@drawable/splash_screen</item>

Replace @android:style/Theme.DeviceDefault.Light.NoActionBar with any other theme you prefer.

Update the Android Manifest

Next, add the newly created theme to your main activity in the AndroidManifest.xml file.


Set the Main Theme in onCreate()

Finally, update your activity to switch to the main theme once the splash screen is displayed.

protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    // Make sure this is before calling super.onCreate

Why This Method?

This approach leverages the Android theme system to display the splash screen immediately, reducing the startup lag that can occur with other methods. It ensures that the splash screen is visible as soon as the app launches, providing a seamless user experience.

Additional Resources

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