How to make Android EditText not editable

If you have a requirement wherein you want to make Android EditText not editable (un-editable or disabled) that you need to add certain attributes to the EditText tag as android:editable is been deprecated.

android:text="EditText not editable" />

1. android:clickable="false"

Defines whether this view reacts to click events.

2. android:focusable="false"

It controls whether a view can take focus.

3. android:focusableInTouchMode="false"

It controls whether a view can take focus while in touch mode.

4. android:cursorVisible="false"

Makes the cursor visible or invisible. Takes a boolean value.

Programatically using Java Code

You can make EditText not editable bypassing setKeyListener() method as null

package com.code2care.edittexteg;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.widget.EditText;
public class MainActivity extends ActionBarActivity {
    EditText editText;
    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        editText = (EditText) findViewById(;
        //makes the editText not editable

Recent Posts:
Code2care is an initiative to publish and share varied knowledge in programming and technical areas gathered during day-to-day learnings and development activities.

Students and Software Developers can leverage this portal to find solutions to their various queries without re-inventing the wheel by referring to our easy to understand posts. Technical posts might include Learnings, Video Tutorials, Code Snippets, How Tos, Blogs, Articles, etc.