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android – Change status bar color with AppCompat ActionBarActivity

Posted by: admin March 10, 2020 Leave a comment


In one of my Activities, I changed the Toolbar color using Palette. But on 5.0 devices using ActionBarActivity the status bar color is the color of my colorPrimaryDark in my activity theme so I have 2 very different colors and it does not look good.

I realize that in 5.0 you can use Window.setStatusBarColor() but ActionBarActivity does not have this.

so my question is in 5.0 how can I change the status bar color with ActionBarActivity?

How to&Answers:

I’m not sure I understand the problem.

I you want to change the status bar color programmatically (and provided the device has Android 5.0) then you can use Window.setStatusBarColor(). It shouldn’t make a difference whether the activity is derived from Activity or ActionBarActivity.

Just try doing:

    Window window = getWindow();

Just tested this with ActionBarActivity and it works alright.

Note: Setting the FLAG_DRAWS_SYSTEM_BAR_BACKGROUNDS flag programmatically is not necessary if your values-v21 styles file has it set already, via:

    <item name="android:windowDrawsSystemBarBackgrounds">true</item>


There are various ways of changing the status bar color.

1) Using the styles.xml. You can use the android:statusBarColor attribute to do this the easy but static way.

Note: You can also use this attribute with the Material theme.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <style name="AppTheme" parent="AppTheme.Base">
        <item name="android:statusBarColor">@android:color/transparent</item>

2) You can get it done dynamically using the setStatusBarColor(int) method in the Window class. But remember that this method is only available for API 21 or higher. So be sure to check that, or your app will surely crash in lower devices.

Here is a working example of this method.

if (Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= 21) {
            Window window = getWindow();

where primaryDark is the 700 tint of the primary color I am using in my app. You can define this color in the colors.xml file.

Do give it a try and let me know if you have any questions. Hope it helps.


I don’t think the status bar color has been implemented in AppCompat yet. These are the attributes which are available:

    <!-- ============= -->
    <!-- Color palette -->
    <!-- ============= -->

    <!-- The primary branding color for the app. By default, this is the color applied to the
         action bar background. -->
    <attr name="colorPrimary" format="color" />

    <!-- Dark variant of the primary branding color. By default, this is the color applied to
         the status bar (via statusBarColor) and navigation bar (via navigationBarColor). -->
    <attr name="colorPrimaryDark" format="color" />

    <!-- Bright complement to the primary branding color. By default, this is the color applied
         to framework controls (via colorControlActivated). -->
    <attr name="colorAccent" format="color" />

    <!-- The color applied to framework controls in their normal state. -->
    <attr name="colorControlNormal" format="color" />

    <!-- The color applied to framework controls in their activated (ex. checked) state. -->
    <attr name="colorControlActivated" format="color" />

    <!-- The color applied to framework control highlights (ex. ripples, list selectors). -->
    <attr name="colorControlHighlight" format="color" />

    <!-- The color applied to framework buttons in their normal state. -->
    <attr name="colorButtonNormal" format="color" />

    <!-- The color applied to framework switch thumbs in their normal state. -->
    <attr name="colorSwitchThumbNormal" format="color" />

(From \sdk\extras\android\support\v7\appcompat\res\values\attrs.xml)


Try this,
I used this and it works very good with v21.

<!-- Base application theme. -->
<style name="AppTheme" parent="Theme.AppCompat.Light">
    <item name="colorPrimaryDark">@color/blue</item>


Thanks for above answers, with the help of those, after certain R&D for xamarin.android MVVMCross application, below worked

Flag specified for activity in method OnCreate

protected override void OnCreate(Bundle bundle)

For each MvxActivity, Theme is mentioned as below

    LaunchMode = LaunchMode.SingleTop,
    ScreenOrientation = ScreenOrientation.Portrait,
    Theme = "@style/Theme.Splash",
    Name = "MyView"

My SplashStyle.xml looks like as below

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <style name="Theme.Splash" parent="Theme.AppCompat.Light.NoActionBar">
          <item name="android:statusBarColor">@color/app_red</item>
          <item name="android:colorPrimaryDark">@color/app_red</item>

And I have V7 appcompact referred.



    <item name="android:statusBarColor">@color/color_primary_dark</item>
<item name="android:windowDrawsSystemBarBackgrounds">true</item>

in Theme.AppCompat.Light.DarkActionBar didn’t worked for me. What did the trick is , giving colorPrimaryDark as usual along with android:colorPrimary in styles.xml

<item name="android:colorAccent">@color/color_primary</item>
<item name="android:colorPrimary">@color/color_primary</item>
<item name="android:colorPrimaryDark">@color/color_primary_dark</item>

and in setting

if (Build.VERSION.SdkInt >= BuildVersionCodes.Lollipop)
                    Window window = this.Window;

didn’t had to set statusbar color in code .