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Android Switch Preference Backport

A backport of the SwitchPreference component that was introduced on Android 4 (ICS / level 14).

This port works on Android 2.1+ (Eclair MR1 / level 7).

The current version of this library is 2.0.1.


Since the AppCompat library now includes a Switch widget backport (SwitchCompat), and a SwitchPreference widget backport (SwitchPreferenceCompat), this library is no longer useful.

I was glad to work on this library and to see that it has been used in many projects.

How to use

Adding the library to your project

Option 1: Gradle

The aar artifact is available at the jcenter repository. Declare the repository and the dependency in your build.gradle file:

repositories {


dependencies {
    compile 'org.jraf:android-switch-backport:2.0.1'

Option 2: Android library project (ant / Eclipse)

This is an Android library project, you have to add it as a dependency to your project (please see this page to know how to do that.)

Using the SwitchPreference

Once you have done that, have a theme for your application (or Activity), that declares the asb_switchPreferenceStyle item to be the value @style/asb_Preference.SwitchPreference.

The simplest way to do that is to create a themes.xml file in your project's res/values folder with this contents:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

    <style name="Theme.App" parent="Theme.AppCompat">
        <item name="asb_switchPreferenceStyle">@style/asb_Preference.SwitchPreference</item>


And use it in your Application or Activity by updating your AndroidManifest.xml file:




Then in your preferences xml file:

<PreferenceScreen xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    xmlns:app="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res-auto" >

        android:title="SwitchPreference Test"
        app:asb_summaryOn="@string/summary_on" />


Sample app

A sample app is available in the [sample](sample) folder, and also on the Play Store: Get it on Google Play


The code was copied directly from the Android 5.0 (Lollipop / level 21) source code, then slightly tweaked by myself ([email protected]) to make it run on 2.1+ (Eclair MR1 / level 7). The v1 SwitchPreference was added by Intrications (intrications.com / github.com/intrications), also by taking code from Android and tweaking it a bit. Other people also have contributed tweaks and fixes, please see this page for a detailed list: https://github.com/BoD/android-switch-backport/graphs/contributors.


Pull requests are welcome, as long as they are consistent to the original SwitchPreference of the Android sdk.

Please do not contribute improvements that are not present in the original sdk classes! I believe it would be confusing for this backport to have a feature set different than the original sdk classes. It would also lead to difficult situations if/when stopping using this backport and using the sdk classes instead (which should happen when dropping support for old platforms). Thank you very much.


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