Emil Adz Emil Adz - 3 months ago 88
Android Question

TabLayout selected Tab icon is not selected on start up:

I'm using a

for Tabbed navigation in my app.
I have a really weird issue with it, I have created 4 tabs using this code:

private int[] tabIcons = {R.drawable.navigation_timeline_icon_selector, R.drawable.navigation_feed_icon_selector,
R.drawable.navigation_messages_icon_selector, R.drawable.navigation_notification_icon_selector};

TabLayout tabLayout = setTabLayout();
if (tabLayout != null) {
for (int i = 0; i < 4; i++) {

each of the items in tabIcon is a
with selected and non-selected states. All icon selectors are configured as follows:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<selector xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android">
<item android:drawable="@drawable/navigation_timeline_selected_icon" android:state_selected="true"/>
<item android:drawable="@drawable/navigation_timeline_selected_icon" android:state_pressed="true"/>
<item android:drawable="@drawable/navigation_timeline_icon" />

The problem is that when the application starts the first selected tab (index 0) does not use the selected state icon. Instead it uses the non-selected state.

To be more explanatory here is a screenshot of the issue, on first start my tab looks like this:

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when instead it should be like this:

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After I change a page all the icons come back to full functionality, and the selected states are selected properly.

I tried to use the
TabLayout.Tab select()
method but the result is the same the icon that is used is the not selected icon.

Does some knows what can I do to fix it?

Thanks in advance.


The correct answer for tab selection in TabLayout would be:

TabLayout.Tab currentTab = mTabs.getTabAt(selectedTab);
if (currentTab != null) {
    View customView = currentTab.getCustomView();
    if (customView != null) {

where currentTab.select() will move the indicator to the selected tab, when customView.setSelected() will make all the items in the custom view set their selected states from the selectors look selected.