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Toggle Buttons

A toggle button allows the user to change a setting between two states.

You can add a basic toggle button to your layout with the ToggleButton object. Android 4.0 (API level 14) introduces another kind of toggle button called a switch that provides a slider control, which you can add with a Switch object.

If you need to change a button's state yourself, you can use the CompoundButton.setChecked() or CompoundButton.toggle() methods.

Toggle buttons

Switches (in Android 4.0+)

Responding to Button Presses

To detect when the user activates the button or switch, create an CompoundButton.OnCheckedChangeListener object and assign it to the button by calling setOnCheckedChangeListener(). For example:

ToggleButton toggle = (ToggleButton) findViewById(;
toggle.setOnCheckedChangeListener(new CompoundButton.OnCheckedChangeListener() {
    public void onCheckedChanged(CompoundButton buttonView, boolean isChecked) {
        if (isChecked) {
            // The toggle is enabled
        } else {
            // The toggle is disabled