Support pre-Honeycomb with StringSet

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Here’s the utility class:

public class SharedPreferencesCompat {

    public static void putStringSet(SharedPreferences.Editor editor, String key, Set<String> values) {
            if (Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= 11) {
                while (true) {
                    try {
                        editor.putStringSet(key, values).apply();
                    } catch (ClassCastException ex) {
                        // Clear stale JSON string from before system upgrade
            } else putStringSetToJson(editor, key, values);

    public static Set<String> getStringSet(SharedPreferences prefs, String key, Set<String> defaultReturnValue) {
        if (Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= 11) {
            try {
                return prefs.getStringSet(key, defaultReturnValue);
            } catch (ClassCastException ex) {
                // If user upgraded from Gingerbread to something higher read the stale JSON string
                return getStringSetFromJson(prefs, key, defaultReturnValue);
        } else return getStringSetFromJson(prefs, key, defaultReturnValue);

    private static Set<String> getStringSetFromJson(SharedPreferences prefs, String key, Set<String> defaultReturnValue) {
        final String input = prefs.getString(key, null);
        if (input == null) return defaultReturnValue;

        try {
            HashSet<String> set = new HashSet<>();
            JSONArray json = new JSONArray(input);
            for (int i = 0, size = json.length(); i < size; i++) {
                String value = json.getString(i);
            return set;
        } catch (JSONException e) {
            return defaultReturnValue;

    private static void putStringSetToJson(SharedPreferences.Editor editor, String key, Set<String> values) {
        JSONArray json = new JSONArray(values);
        if (Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= 9)
            editor.putString(key, json.toString()).apply();
            editor.putString(key, json.toString()).commit();

    private SharedPreferencesCompat() {}

An example to save preferences as StringSet data type is:

Set<String> sets = new HashSet<>();
SharedPreferences preferences = PreferenceManager.getDefaultSharedPreferences(this);
SharedPreferencesCompat.putStringSet(preferences.edit(), "pref_people", sets);

To retrieve them back:

Set<String> people = SharedPreferencesCompat.getStringSet(preferences, "pref_people", new HashSet<String>());

Reference: Android Support Preference

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