Customize the Status Bar Color in Your Android App Using a WebView – A Step by Step Guide

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When building a web-based app for Android, it’s common to use a WebView to display web content. However, the default WebView appearance doesn’t always match the design of your app. One aspect that can be customized is the color of the status bar, which is the bar at the top of the screen that displays the time, battery level, and other information.

In this blog post, we’ll walk through the process of changing the color of the status bar in an Android app that uses a WebView.

First, open your app’s theme file and add the following line of code to change the color of the status bar:

<item name="android:statusBarColor">@color/your_color</item>

This sets the background color of the status bar to the color you specified. You can replace @color/your_color with any other color.

Build and run your app, and you should see the status bar change to the color you specified. And that’s all there is to it! With just a few lines of code, you can customize the appearance of the status bar in your Android app. Keep in mind that this method works with WebView, but also with other views.

In Android API level 21(Lollipop) and above, you can also use the following method:

Window window = this.getWindow(); window.clearFlags(WindowManager.LayoutParams.FLAG_TRANSLUCENT_STATUS); window.addFlags(WindowManager.LayoutParams.FLAG_DRAWS_SYSTEM_BAR_BACKGROUNDS); window.setStatusBarColor(ContextCompat.getColor(this, R.color.your_color));

Changing the status bar color using a webview is a good way to make your Android app stand out and match the design of your web content. With this simple technique, you can easily customize the appearance of your app to create a more polished and professional look.

In conclusion, you can easily customize the status bar of your Android app to match the design of your web content and improve the overall look of your app by using the above methods.

Want an easier solution? With WebViewGold, you don’t have to write any code or make changes to your app’s source code file. You can use the built-in API to change the color of the status bar directly from your web content.

This feature allows you to customize the status bar dynamically by changing the background color and/or text color.

Customizing the Background Color:

This feature accepts color input in the RGB format: {red, green, blue} Where the values are integers between 0 and 255. Use the following JavaScript code to change the background color of the status bar:

<script>window.location.href = "statusbarcolor://255,0,0"; </script>

When you change the background color, the text color will automatically adjust to white or black based on the darkness of the color.

Customizing the Text Color:

If you want to manually set the text color, you can do so using this option. This feature supports text input options “white” or “black”. Use the following JavaScript codes to change the text color of the status bar:

<script>window.location.href = "statusbartextcolor://white";</script>
<script>window.location.href = "statusbartextcolor://black"; </script>

You can download WebViewGold here.