Android for Beginners
About Lesson

Animations are a key part of the user experience in Android applications. They can be used to provide visual feedback, show state changes, and add a polished look to your app. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to create simple animations in Android.


Step 1: Define the Animation

The first step in creating an animation is to define it. This is typically done in an XML file in the res/anim directory of your project. Here’s an example of a simple fade-in animation:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<alpha xmlns:android=""
android:toAlpha="1.0" />

In this code, we’re defining an alpha animation, which changes the transparency of the view. The fromAlpha and toAlpha attributes define the start and end transparency of the view, and the duration attribute defines how long the animation will last.


Step 2: Load the Animation

Once the animation is defined, it can be loaded in your Java or Kotlin code using the AnimationUtils class. Here’s how to load the fade-in animation:

Animation fadeIn = AnimationUtils.loadAnimation(context, R.anim.fade_in);


In this code, AnimationUtils.loadAnimation is used to load the animation from the XML file. The context is typically this in an Activity or getActivity() in a Fragment.


Step 3: Start the Animation

The final step is to start the animation on a view. This is done using the startAnimation method of the View class. Here’s how to start the fade-in animation on a view:



In this code, view is the view that you want to animate, and fadeIn is the animation that you loaded earlier.