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android – Pull to refresh like gmail new (4.5) application

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


In the new gmail application (4.5) the refresh is done by “Pull-to-Refresh” action in the Actionbar:

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Where can I find more information about that “Pull-to-Refresh”?

How to&Answers:

Chris Banes (the same guy that implemented the best pull to refresh component for android) also implemented the GMail like Pull To Refresh.

You can find it here: https://github.com/chrisbanes/ActionBar-PullToRefresh

Note that this project is still under development so the current API may change.


Both ActionBar-PullToRefresh and Android-PullToRefresh are deprecated. Standart way to implement a pull to refresh is using SwipeRefreshLayout of v4 support library.

Here is the required steps:

  • Create a root or sub layout with SwipeRefreshLayout and put a scrollable item in it.

        .... />
  • Add a refresh listener

    SwipeRefreshLayout srl = ...;
        new SwipeRefreshLayout.OnRefreshListener() {
            public void onRefresh() {

You can find a nice tutorial about it below:

SwipeRefreshLayout: How to use