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android – Get all SharedPreferences names and all their keys?

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


I’m making backup program, that saved the phone SharedPreferences data into a file of my own structure. But I don’t know how to list them all, which I need:

For example, 2 program saved their SharedPreferences with names "Program A" and "Program B". I need to obtains thay String array contain these 2 names. Then, I use getSharedPreferences with “Program A”, I need to get all keys that program has saved.

Is it really possible?

EDIT1: I DON’T know what programs/activities on the phone. I want to get ALL the keys that every programs saved. It just like you back up all your phone data, but only SharedPreferences values.

For example: Your phone has 10 programs, each creates a SharedPreferences named Program 1 to Program 10 (but of course, whatever name they want). And I would like to obtain all these Program 1 to Program 10 String. Then, if Program 1 has 5 keys called Key 1 to Key 5, I want to obtain these keys name.

EDIT2: According to NikolaMKD guide, this is what I’ve done so far, but the list return all programs, with “No Preferences” at all line, even at the first, I saved the SharedPreferences with my activity:

public class Test extends ListActivity {

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        SharedPreferences preferences = getSharedPreferences("Test", 1);
        // No matter what name is: Test or the package name
        Editor editor = preferences.edit();
        editor.putInt("TestKey", 0);

        List<ResolveInfo> Temp = 
                    new Intent(Intent.ACTION_MAIN, null)
                    .addCategory(Intent.CATEGORY_LAUNCHER), 0);
        String[] App = new String[Temp.size()];
        for (int i = 0; i < Temp.size(); i++) {
            App[i] = Temp.get(i).activityInfo.name;
            FileReader reader = null;
            try {
                reader = new FileReader("/data/data/"
                        + App[i] + "/shared_prefs/" + App[i] + "_preferences.xml");
            } catch (FileNotFoundException e) {
                reader = null;
            if (reader != null)
                App[i] += " (Have Prefereces)";
                App[i] += " (No Prefereces)";
        setListAdapter(new ArrayAdapter<String>(this, R.layout.main, App));

How to&Answers:

Get all the _preferences.xml from


Parse the XML, in the XML there is name for every key. I might misunderstood your question


Don’t think it is possible, You can’t read other apps /data/data/ folder. On the emulator you can read them because you have root access.


Try this:

    Map<String, ?> allPrefs = prefs.getAll(); //your sharedPreference
    Set<String> set = allPrefs.keySet();
    for(String s : set){
        LOG.d(TAG, s + "<" + allPrefs.get(s).getClass().getSimpleName() +"> =  "
                + allPrefs.get(s).toString());


Use the sharedPreference.getAll(); which returns a Map.


It’s a good question, and I don’t think there is a straightforward way of doing it. The best way to do it would be to either store these names in a DefaultSharedPreferences or some sort of global array, or you could retrieve the sharedPreferences from the activity itself if you know the preference resource id:

String packageName = String packageName = context.getPackageName(); 
Resources resources = context.getResources(); 
String sharedPrefName = resources.getResourceEntryName(R.id.PREFERENCES_RESOURCE_ID); 
sharedPrefName = packageName+"_"+sharedPrefName;