Stop EditText from gaining focus at Activity startup

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asked Oct 12, 2009 by mark

I have an Android Activity, with two elements:

  1. EditText
  2. ListView

When my Activity starts, the EditText immediately has input focus (flashing cursor). I don't want any control to have input focus at startup. I tried:


No luck. How can I convince the EditText to not select itself when the Activity starts?

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answered Oct 2, 2009 by morgan-christiansson

Excellent answers from Luc and Mark however a good code sample is missing:

<!-- Dummy item to prevent AutoCompleteTextView from receiving focus -->

<!-- :nextFocusUp and :nextFocusLeft have been set to the id of this component
to prevent the dummy from receiving focus again -->
<AutoCompleteTextView android:id="@+id/autotext"
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answered Oct 12, 2009 by konklone

Try clearFocus() instead of setSelected(false). Every view in Android has both focusability and selectability, and I think you want to just clear the focus.

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answered Oct 23, 2009 by luc

The only solution I've found is:

  • Create a LinearLayout (I dunno if other kinds of Layout's will work)
  • Set the attributes android:focusable="true" and android:focusableInTouchMode="true"

And the EditText won't get the focus after starting the activity

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answered Oct 23, 2009 by mark

Yeah I did the same thing - create a 'dummy' linear layout which gets initial focus. Furthermore, I set the 'next' focus IDs so the user can't focus it any more after scrolling once:

<LinearLayout 'dummy'>
<EditText et>




a lot of work just to get rid of focus on a view..


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answered Oct 9, 2010 by joe

Is the actual problem that you just don't want it to have focus at all? Or you don't want it to show the virtual keyboard as a result of focusing the EditText? I don't really see an issue with the EditText having focus on start, but it's definitely a problem to have the softInput window open when the user did not explicitly request to focus on the EditText (and open the keyboard as a result).

If it's the problem of the virtual keyboard, see the AndroidManifest.xml <activity> element documentation.

android:windowSoftInputMode="stateHidden" - always hide it when entering the activity.

or android:windowSoftInputMode="stateUnchanged" - don't change it (e.g. don't show it if it isn't already shown, but if it was open when entering the activity, leave it open).

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answered Oct 6, 2011 by zeus

You can just set "focusable" and "focusable in touch mode" to value true on the first TextView of the layout. In this way when the activity starts the TextView will be focused but , due to its nature, you will see nothing focused on the screen and ,of course, there will be no keyboard displayed...

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answered Oct 7, 2011 by sid

If you have another view on your activity like a ListView, you can also do:


in your onResume() to grab focus from the editText.

I know this question has been answered but just providing an alternative solution that worked for me :)

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answered Oct 11, 2011 by jack-slater

Try this before your first editable field:



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answered Oct 13, 2011 by jim

Late, but maybe helpful. Create a dummy EditText at the top of your layout then call myDummyEditText.requestFocus() in onCreate()

<EditText android:id="@+id/dummyEditTextFocus" 
android:layout_height="0px" />

That seems to behave as I expect. No need to handle configuration changes, etc. I needed this for an Activity with a lengthy TextView (instructions).

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answered Oct 14, 2011 by drei01

I use the following code to stop an EditText from stealing the focus when my button is pressed.

addButton.setOnClickListener(new OnClickListener() {
    public void onClick(View v) {
        View focused = internalWrapper.getFocusedChild();

Basicly, hide the edit text and then show it again. This works for me as the EditText is not in view so it doesn't matter whether it is showing.

You could try hiding and showing it in succession to see if that helps it lose focus.

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