How to Stop EditText from gaining focus at Activity startup in Android

AndroidApps/ApplicationsMobile Development

There are so many situations where we don't required keyboard visibility when activity starts. This example demonstrate about how to Stop EditText from gaining focus at Activity startup

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"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android = ""
   xmlns:tools = ""
   android:layout_width = "match_parent"
   android:layout_height = "match_parent"
   tools:context = ".MainActivity"
   android:background = "#dde4dd"
   android:orientation = "vertical">
      android:id = "@+id/editText"
      android:layout_width = "match_parent"
      android:layout_height = "wrap_content" />

In the above code, we have given on Edit Text. By Default it contains request focus.

Step 3 − Add the following code to src/

package com.example.andy.myapplication;

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.widget.EditText;
public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {
   EditText editText;
   protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
      editText = findViewById(;
   protected void onResume() {

In OnResume() we are removing clear focus and when user click on editext it going to get focus. To remove focus we need to use the following code.


To get the focus, when user touch on edititext, we need to use the following code -


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   icon from the toolbar. Select your mobile device as an option and then check your mobile device which will display your default screen −

In the above output, it is not showing keyboard means edit text is not focusing. now click on edit text, it will show keyboard as shown below -

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Published on 29-Jan-2019 17:45:49