[android] Disable keyboard on EditText

I'm doing a calculator. So I made my own Buttons with numbers and functions. The expression that has to be calculated, is in an EditText, because I want users can add numbers or functions also in the middle of the expression, so with the EditText I have the cursor. But I want to disable the Keyboard when users click on the EditText. I found this example that it's ok for Android 2.3, but with ICS disable the Keyboard and also the cursor.

public class NoImeEditText extends EditText {

   public NoImeEditText(Context context, AttributeSet attrs) { 
      super(context, attrs);     
   }   

   @Override      
   public boolean onCheckIsTextEditor() {   
       return false;     
   }         
}

And then I use this NoImeEditText in my XML file

<com.my.package.NoImeEditText
      android:id="@+id/etMy"
 ....  
/>

How I can make compatible this EditText with ICS??? Thanks.

The answer is


I found this solution which works for me. It also places the cursor, when clicked on EditText at the correct position.

EditText editText = (EditText)findViewById(R.id.edit_mine);
// set OnTouchListener to consume the touch event
editText.setOnTouchListener(new OnTouchListener() {

        @Override
        public boolean onTouch(View v, MotionEvent event) {
            v.onTouchEvent(event);   // handle the event first
            InputMethodManager imm = (InputMethodManager)v.getContext().getSystemService(Context.INPUT_METHOD_SERVICE);
            if (imm != null) {
                imm.hideSoftInputFromWindow(v.getWindowToken(), 0);  // hide the soft keyboard 
            }                
            return true;
        }
    });

Gathering solutions from multiple places here on StackOverflow, I think the next one sums it up:

If you don't need the keyboard to be shown anywhere on your activity, you can simply use the next flags which are used for dialogs (got from here) :

    getWindow().setFlags(WindowManager.LayoutParams.FLAG_ALT_FOCUSABLE_IM, WindowManager.LayoutParams.FLAG_ALT_FOCUSABLE_IM);

If you don't want it only for a specific EditText, you can use this (got from here) :

public static boolean disableKeyboardForEditText(@NonNull EditText editText) {
    if (Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= Build.VERSION_CODES.LOLLIPOP) {
        editText.setShowSoftInputOnFocus(false);
        return true;
    }
    if (Build.VERSION.SDK_INT > Build.VERSION_CODES.ICE_CREAM_SANDWICH_MR1)
        try {
            final Method method = EditText.class.getMethod("setShowSoftInputOnFocus", new Class[]{boolean.class});
            method.setAccessible(true);
            method.invoke(editText, false);
            return true;
        } catch (Exception ignored) {
        }
    if (Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= Build.VERSION_CODES.HONEYCOMB_MR2)
        try {
            Method method = TextView.class.getMethod("setSoftInputShownOnFocus", boolean.class);
            method.setAccessible(true);
            method.invoke(editText, false);
            return true;
        } catch (Exception ignored) {
        }
    return false;
}

Or this (taken from here) :

 if (Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= Build.VERSION_CODES.LOLLIPOP)
           editText.setShowSoftInputOnFocus(false);
       else
           editText.setTextIsSelectable(true); 

I donĀ“t know if this answer is the better, but i found a possible faster solution. On XML, just put on EditText this attributes:

android:focusable="true"
android:focusableInTouchMode="false"

And then do what you need with onClickListener.


editText.setShowSoftInputOnFocus(false);

To add to Alex Kucherenko solution: the issue with the cursor getting disappearing after calling setInputType(0) is due to a framework bug on ICS (and JB).

The bug is documented here: https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=27609.

To workaround this, call setRawInputType(InputType.TYPE_CLASS_TEXT) right after the setInputType call.

To stop the keyboard from appearing, just override OnTouchListener of the EditText and return true (swallowing the touch event):

ed.setOnTouchListener(new OnTouchListener() {

            @Override
            public boolean onTouch(View v, MotionEvent event) {

                return true;
            }
        });

The reasons for the cursor appearing on GB devices and not on ICS+ had me tearing my hair out for a couple of hours, so I hope this saves someone's time.


// only if you completely want to disable keyboard for 
// that particular edit text
your_edit_text = (EditText) findViewById(R.id.editText_1);
your_edit_text.setInputType(InputType.TYPE_NULL);

You can also use setShowSoftInputOnFocus(boolean) directly on API 21+ or through reflection on API 14+:

if (Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= Build.VERSION_CODES.LOLLIPOP) {
    editText.setShowSoftInputOnFocus(false);
} else {
    try {
        final Method method = EditText.class.getMethod(
                "setShowSoftInputOnFocus"
                , new Class[]{boolean.class});
        method.setAccessible(true);
        method.invoke(editText, false);
    } catch (Exception e) {
        // ignore
    }
}

Add below properties to the Edittext controller in the layout file

<Edittext
   android:focusableInTouchMode="true"
   android:cursorVisible="false"
   android:focusable="false"  />

I have been using this solution for while and it works fine for me.


This worked for me. First add this android:windowSoftInputMode="stateHidden" in your android manifest file, under your activity. like below:

<activity ... android:windowSoftInputMode="stateHidden">

Then on onCreate method of youractivity, add the foloowing code:

EditText editText = (EditText)findViewById(R.id.edit_text);
edit_text.setOnTouchListener(new OnTouchListener() {

    @Override
    public boolean onTouch(View v, MotionEvent event) {
        v.onTouchEvent(event);
        InputMethodManager inputMethod = (InputMethodManager)v.getContext().getSystemService(Context.INPUT_METHOD_SERVICE);
        if (inputMethod!= null) {
            inputMethod.hideSoftInputFromWindow(v.getWindowToken(), 0);
        }                
        return true;
    }
});

Then if you want the pointer to be visible add this on your xml android:textIsSelectable="true".

This will make the pointer visible. In this way the keyboard will not popup when your activity starts and also will be hidden when you click on the edittext.


try: android:editable="false" or android:inputType="none"


Just put this line inside the activity tag in manifest android:windowSoftInputMode="stateHidden"


Disable the keyboard (API 11 to current)

This is the best answer I have found so far to disable the keyboard (and I have seen a lot of them).

if (Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= Build.VERSION_CODES.LOLLIPOP) { // API 21
    editText.setShowSoftInputOnFocus(false);
} else { // API 11-20
    editText.setTextIsSelectable(true);
}

There is no need to use reflection or set the InputType to null.

Re-enable the keyboard

Here is how you re-enable the keyboard if needed.

if (Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= Build.VERSION_CODES.LOLLIPOP) { // API 21
    editText.setShowSoftInputOnFocus(true);
} else { // API 11-20
    editText.setTextIsSelectable(false);
    editText.setFocusable(true);
    editText.setFocusableInTouchMode(true);
    editText.setClickable(true);
    editText.setLongClickable(true);
    editText.setMovementMethod(ArrowKeyMovementMethod.getInstance());
    editText.setText(editText.getText(), TextView.BufferType.SPANNABLE);
}

See this Q&A for why the complicated pre API 21 version is needed to undo setTextIsSelectable(true):

This answer needs to be more thoroughly tested.

I have tested the setShowSoftInputOnFocus on higher API devices, but after @androiddeveloper's comment below, I see that this needs to be more thoroughly tested.

Here is some cut-and-paste code to help test this answer. If you can confirm that it does or doesn't work for API 11 to 20, please leave a comment. I don't have any API 11-20 devices and my emulator is having problems.

activity_main.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout
    xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    android:id="@+id/activity_main"
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="match_parent"
    android:paddingBottom="@dimen/activity_vertical_margin"
    android:paddingLeft="@dimen/activity_horizontal_margin"
    android:paddingRight="@dimen/activity_horizontal_margin"
    android:paddingTop="@dimen/activity_vertical_margin"
    android:orientation="vertical"
    android:background="@android:color/white">

    <EditText
        android:id="@+id/editText"
        android:textColor="@android:color/black"
        android:layout_width="match_parent"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"/>

    <Button
        android:text="enable keyboard"
        android:onClick="enableButtonClick"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"/>

    <Button
        android:text="disable keyboard"
        android:onClick="disableButtonClick"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"/>
</LinearLayout>

MainActivity.java

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

    EditText editText;

    @Override
    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
        setContentView(R.layout.activity_main);

        editText = (EditText) findViewById(R.id.editText);
    }

    // when keyboard is hidden it should appear when editText is clicked
    public void enableButtonClick(View view) {
        if (Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= Build.VERSION_CODES.LOLLIPOP) { // API 21
            editText.setShowSoftInputOnFocus(true);
        } else { // API 11-20
            editText.setTextIsSelectable(false);
            editText.setFocusable(true);
            editText.setFocusableInTouchMode(true);
            editText.setClickable(true);
            editText.setLongClickable(true);
            editText.setMovementMethod(ArrowKeyMovementMethod.getInstance());
            editText.setText(editText.getText(), TextView.BufferType.SPANNABLE);
        }
    }

    // when keyboard is hidden it shouldn't respond when editText is clicked
    public void disableButtonClick(View view) {
        if (Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= Build.VERSION_CODES.LOLLIPOP) { // API 21
            editText.setShowSoftInputOnFocus(false);
        } else { // API 11-20
            editText.setTextIsSelectable(true);
        }
    }
}

Below code is both for API >= 11 and API < 11. Cursor is still available.

/**
 * Disable soft keyboard from appearing, use in conjunction with android:windowSoftInputMode="stateAlwaysHidden|adjustNothing"
 * @param editText
 */
public static void disableSoftInputFromAppearing(EditText editText) {
    if (Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= 11) {
        editText.setRawInputType(InputType.TYPE_CLASS_TEXT);
        editText.setTextIsSelectable(true);
    } else {
        editText.setRawInputType(InputType.TYPE_NULL);
        editText.setFocusable(true);
    }
}

Just set:

 NoImeEditText.setInputType(0);

or in the constructor:

   public NoImeEditText(Context context, AttributeSet attrs) { 
          super(context, attrs);   
          setInputType(0);
       } 

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