wildnove wildnove - 8 months ago 51
Android Question

How can I avoid execution of onTextChanged in Android's EditText

How can I avoid that a code line like:

((EditText) findViewById(R.id.MyEditText)).setText("Hello");

Will cause an event here:

((EditText) findViewById(R.id.MyEditText)).addTextChangedListener(new TextWatcher() {
public void onTextChanged(CharSequence s, int start,
int before, int count) {

public void beforeTextChanged(CharSequence s, int start,
int count, int after) {

public void afterTextChanged(Editable s) {

I want to know if there is any way to inhibit the execution of onTextChanged as I noticed in the case of selecting a AutoCompleteTextView's dropdown result (no onTextChanged is executed!).

I'm not seeking for workarounds like "if hello do nothing"...


The Source for AutoCompleteTextView shows that they set a boolean to say the text is being replaced by the block completion

         mBlockCompletion = true;
         mBlockCompletion = false;    

This is as good a way as any to achieve what you want to do. The TextWatcher then checks to to see if the setText has come via a completion and returns out of the method

 void doBeforeTextChanged() {
     if (mBlockCompletion) return;

Adding and removing the TextWatcher will be more time consuming for the application