How to check visibility of virtual keyboard on Android?

AndroidMobile DevelopmentProgramming

There are some situations, we should find keyboard is visible or not in particular activity. In this example we can check visibility of virtual keyboard on android.

Step 1 − Create a new project in Android Studio, go to File ⇒ New Project and fill all required details to create a new project.

Step 2 − Add the following code to res/layout/activity_main.xml.

<?xml version = "1.0" encoding = "utf-8"?>
xmlns:android = ""
   xmlns:app = ""
   xmlns:tools = ""
   android:layout_width = "match_parent"
   android:layout_height = "match_parent"
   android:id = "@+id/rootview"
   tools:context = ".MainActivity">
      android:id = "@+id/editext"
      android:layout_width = "match_parent"
      android:layout_height = "wrap_content">
      android:id = "@+id/button"
      android:layout_width = "wrap_content"
      android:layout_height = "wrap_content"
      android:text = "Click here to hide"
      app:layout_constraintBottom_toBottomOf = "parent"
      app:layout_constraintLeft_toLeftOf = "parent"
      app:layout_constraintRight_toRightOf = "parent"
      app:layout_constraintTop_toTopOf = "parent" />

Step 3 − Add the following code to src/

import android.os.Build;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.util.Log;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.ViewTreeObserver;
import android.view.inputmethod.InputMethodManager;
import android.widget.Button;
import android.widget.EditText;
import android.widget.Toast;
public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity implements View.OnClickListener {
   ConstraintLayout constraintLayout;
   protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
      Button button = findViewById(;
      EditText editText=findViewById(;
      constraintLayout.getViewTreeObserver().addOnGlobalLayoutListener(new             ViewTreeObserver.OnGlobalLayoutListener() {
         public void onGlobalLayout() {
            Rect r = new Rect();
            int screenHeight = constraintLayout.getRootView().getHeight();
            int keypadHeight = screenHeight - r.bottom;
            if (keypadHeight > screenHeight * 0.15) {
               Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this,"Keyboard is showing",Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();
            } else {
               Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this,"keyboard closed",Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();
   @RequiresApi(api = Build.VERSION_CODES.O)
   public void onClick(View v) {
      switch (v.getId()) {
   private void hideSoftkeybard(View v) {
      InputMethodManager inputMethodManager = (InputMethodManager)       getSystemService(INPUT_METHOD_SERVICE);
      inputMethodManager.hideSoftInputFromWindow(v.getWindowToken(), 0);

In the above code we have used viewTreeObserver listener to find the view group changes in particular activity. In that observer we have find the root element height by using the following code −

int screenHeight = constraintLayout.getRootView().getHeight();

Now we have to find the keyboard height as shown below

Rect r = new Rect();
int keypadHeight = screenHeight - r.bottom;

Now we have to compare keyboard height with rootview hight as shown below

if (keypadHeight > screenHeight * 0.15) {
   Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this,"Keyboard is showing",Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();
} else {
   Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this,"keyboard closed",Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();

Step 4 − Add the following code to AndroidManifest.xml file as shown below

<?xml version = "1.0" encoding = "utf-8"?>
<manifest xmlns:android = ""
package = "com.example.andy.myapplication">
      android:allowBackup = "true"
      android:icon = "@mipmap/ic_launcher"
      android:label = "@string/app_name"
      android:roundIcon = "@mipmap/ic_launcher_round"
      android:supportsRtl = "true"
      android:theme = "@style/AppTheme">
      <activity android:name = ".MainActivity"
         android:windowSoftInputMode = "stateAlwaysVisible">
            <action android:name = "android.intent.action.MAIN" />
            <category android:name = "android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />

In the above code we have added windowsoftInputMode as stateAlwaysVisible. It is useful when edittext is request focused it will show keyboard.

Let's try to run your application. I assume you have connected your actual Android Mobile device with your computer. To run the app from android studio, open one of your project's activity files and click Run  Play Icon icon from the toolbar. Select your mobile device as an option and then check your mobile device which will display your default screen

Keyboard Shown

In the above output, when keyboard is displayed, it will show message as keyboard is showing.

Keyboard Hidden

Click on a button to hide the keyboard. it will show the message as the keyboard closed as shown above.

Click here to download the project code

Published on 05-Dec-2018 12:15:00