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android – ExpandableListView sample from Google

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


I just tried the current Google sample for ExpandableListiew:

This sample seem very simple and easy to use, but what I would like to do is to say that one of the category has no child. I removed all the children but the problem is that the arrow still appears on this current line.

For instance, imagine that I remove all “Cat Names”, the arrow is still there and when I click on it, the arrow just change. How to remove this arrow and launch an activity instead?

How to&Answers:

If you’re talking about the arrow that is used to collapse/expand the list then you can remove it by using setGroupIndicator()

in the activity you can call


that will remove the arrow permanently though. If you want to only hide it if the list is empty you can do it through xml attributes like this

To launch an activity when the list is expanded/collapsed you can override onGroupExpanded (or collapsed) in your ListAdapter implementation and used that to fire up your activity


In general, if you want a specific area of your activity to be refreshed when you come back from another activity; you got to write in the onResume() method.

1 – In the Activity you want it to be refreshed, override the onResume() method:

protected void onResume() {

2- You will need to refresh your Expandable Adapter.

I suggest you take the same code you used to instantiate your expandable list and put it again, like follows:

SimpleExpandableListAdapter expandableListAdapter =
    new SimpleExpandableListAdapter(
        YourPrentsList, // List of your parent 
        R.layout.parents_layout,    // Layout for the Parents
        new String[] { "groupKey" },    // Key in the Group Data maps to display
        new int[] { 1 },        
        childrenList,   // List of the children
        R.layout.childs_layout, // Layout of the children
        new String[] { "keys"}, 
        new int[] { 1}  
setListAdapter( expandableListAdapter );

I hope this solves your concern…