Android gradient background styling is the best way to style your background without consuming too much memory or taxing user storage.

How to do it?

Creating an Android Gradient background in Android Studio is achieved by creating an ‘xml’ drawable resource file and setting the activity or widget background as that drawable file i.e,

‘ android:background: “@drawable/name_of_file” ‘.

In this Android gradient background tutorial we’ll teach you how you can create 3 types of gradients i.e, linear, radial and sweep; with their codes.

To achieve this, you’ll have to first create a new android drawable resource file.

To create this file, in ‘Android’ section of Project Panel on the left, go to app > res > drawable

Right click on ‘drawable’ folder and select ‘New > Drawable Resource File’

Create a new file named “gradient_background”.

1. Linear Style

android gradient background
android gradient background

The most popular Linear Gradient style can be applied by writing following lines of code in ” gradient_background ” file.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<shape xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" android:shape="rectangle" >

    <gradient
        android:angle="90"
        android:endColor="#FFC107"
        android:centerColor="#FF5722"
        android:startColor="#E91E63"
        android:type="linear" />

    <corners
        android:radius="0dp"/>

</shape>

2. Radial Style

The Radial Gradient style can be applied by writing following lines of code in ” gradient_background ” file.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<shape xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" android:shape="rectangle" >

    <gradient
        android:gradientRadius="200dp"
        android:endColor="#FFC107"
        android:centerColor="#FF5722"
        android:startColor="#E91E63"
        android:type="radial" />

    <corners
        android:radius="0dp"/>

</shape>

3. Sweep Style

android gradient background

The elegant Sweep style can be applied by writing following lines of code in ” gradient_background ” file.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<shape xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android" android:shape="rectangle" >

    <gradient
        android:centerX="0.5"
        android:centerY="0.1"
        android:endColor="#FFC107"
        android:centerColor="#FF5722"
        android:startColor="#E91E63"
        android:type="sweep" />

    <corners
        android:radius="0dp"/>

</shape>

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