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Compatiblity of Material Design to versions below Android 5.0?

Posted by: admin May 14, 2020 Leave a comment


Is it possible to use material design themes for versions below Android 5.0?
According to this link, it is not the case:

Material design is a comprehensive guide for visual, motion, and
interaction design across platforms and devices. Android now includes
support for material design apps. To use material design in your
Android apps, follow the guidelines defined in the material design
specification and use the new components and functionality available
in Android 5.0 (API level 21) and above.

How to&Answers:

You can use the support library to have some of features in older versions as well as mentioned in below link:-


also as mentioned below you can visit this link as well:-



You can use AppCompat as stated here: http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2014/10/appcompat-v21-material-design-for-pre.html

Everything you are asking for is in that link. cheers 🙂


Yes it is possible to use material design themes below android 5.0. U can follow this link to see backward compatibility link

and to learn more about material design use this


Use AppCompat lib as stated in other comments and
One of the best examples of using material compatibility is.