Hiding SoftKeyboard

suggest change

Hiding Softkeyboard is a basic requirement usually when working with EditText. The softkeyboard by default can only be closed by pressing back button and so most developers use InputMethodManager to force Android to hide the virtual keyboard calling hideSoftInputFromWindow and passing in the token of the window containing your focused view. The code to do the following:

public void hideSoftKeyboard()    
        InputMethodManager inputMethodManager = (InputMethodManager) getSystemService(Activity.INPUT_METHOD_SERVICE);
        inputMethodManager.hideSoftInputFromWindow(getCurrentFocus().getWindowToken(), 0);    

The code is direct, but another major problems that arises is that the hide function needs to be called when some event occurs. What to do when you need the Softkeyboard hidden upon pressing anywhere other than your EditText? The following code gives a neat function that needs to be called in your onCreate() method just once.

public void setupUI(View view) 
        String s = "inside";
        //Set up touch listener for non-text box views to hide keyboard.
        if (!(view instanceof EditText)) {

            view.setOnTouchListener(new View.OnTouchListener() {

                public boolean onTouch(View v, MotionEvent event) {
                    return false;


        //If a layout container, iterate over children and seed recursion.
        if (view instanceof ViewGroup) {

            for (int i = 0; i < ((ViewGroup) view).getChildCount(); i++) {

                View innerView = ((ViewGroup) view).getChildAt(i);


Feedback about page:

Optional: your email if you want me to get back to you:

Table Of Contents