How to Prevent EditText from Gaining Focus on Activity Start in Android

How to Prevent EditText from Gaining Focus on Activity Start in Android

22 May 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

When developing Android applications, it’s common to encounter issues where an EditText element automatically gains focus when an activity starts. This can be undesirable, especially if you don’t want the virtual keyboard to appear immediately. Below, we provide a comprehensive guide to prevent EditText from gaining focus when an activity starts.

Solution 1: Modify Parent Layout Attributes

The most effective and straightforward solution involves modifying the parent layout attributes. By setting android:focusableInTouchMode="true" and android:focusable="true" to the parent layout, you can prevent the EditText from gaining focus on startup.

    android:layout_height="0px" />

    android:nextFocusLeft="@id/autotext" />

Solution 2: Use descendantFocusability in Parent Layout

Another effective method is to set the descendantFocusability attribute in your parent layout. This ensures that the parent layout gains focus before its descendants.

<RelativeLayout xmlns:android=""
    android:focusableInTouchMode="true" >

You can also programmatically remove focus from child views at runtime:


Solution 3: Adjust Activity’s Soft Input Mode

If the issue is related to the virtual keyboard opening upon focus, you can adjust the windowSoftInputMode in your AndroidManifest.xml file.

<activity android:name=".MyActivity"
    android:windowSoftInputMode="stateHidden" />

Solution 4: Remove requestFocus from EditText

Ensure that the <requestFocus /> tag is removed from your EditText element in the XML layout.

    android:inputType="textEmailAddress" />

Additional Resources

For more detailed solutions and advanced techniques, you can refer to our documentation and blog posts:

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