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How to display HTML in TextView in Android?

How to display HTML in TextView in Android?

This is one of those things that has always bothered me, but I never got around to doing and that is being able to view the source code of a website on Android.

For the most part I don’t do any actual coding on my phone, but there are many circumstances where I have to view the source code of a website while on my Android phone.

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As an SEO, being able to view HTML source code on the fly is very important for me. I am always analyzing new websites, doing proposals and helping people with issues. As an SEO there are many times when I can’t get to a desktop and need to view the HTML or CSS source code on my Android phone.

In Some situations, we should need to show HTML as text in android. Here is the simple solution to show HTML in TextView in android.

Step 1 − Create a new project in Android Studio,go to File ⇒ New Project and fill all required details to create a new project.

Step 2 − Add the following code to res/layout/activity_main.xml.

<?xml version = "1.0" encoding = "utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android = ""
   xmlns:tools = ""
   android:id = "@+id/rootview"
   android:layout_width = "match_parent"
   android:layout_height = "match_parent"
   android:orientation = "vertical"
   tools:context = ".MainActivity">
      android:id = "@+id/htmlToTextView"
      android:layout_width = "wrap_content"
      android:layout_height = "wrap_content" />

Step 3 − Add the following code to src/

package com.example.andy.myapplication;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.widget.TextView;
public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {
   String htmlText = "<h2>What is Android?</h2>\n" +
      "<p>Android is an open source and Linux-based <b>Operating System</b> for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. 
      Android was developed by the <i>Open Handset Alliance</i>, led by Google, and other companies.</p>\n" +
      "<p>Android offers a unified approach to application development for mobile devices which means developers need only 
      develop for Android, and their applications should be able to run on different devices powered by Android.</p>\n" +
      "<p>The first beta version of the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) was released by Google in 2007 whereas
      the first commercial version, Android 1.0, was released in September 2008.</p>";
   protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
      TextView htmlToTextView = findViewById(;
      htmlToTextView.setText(HtmlCompat.fromHtml(htmlText, 0));

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In the above example we kept HTML tags in a string as htmlText and added string to textview as shown below.

In the above code we are taking HTML data from fromHtml() and appending to textview using setText() . 0 is a flag. you can assign flag as per project resource.

Let's try to run your application. I assume you have connected your actual Android Mobile device with your computer. To run the app from android studio, open one of your project's activity files and click RunPlay Icon  icon from the toolbar. Select your mobile device as an option and then check your mobile device which will display your default screen −

In the above example it showing HTML tags a string.

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Author Biography.

Lokesh Gupta
Lokesh Gupta

Overall 3+ years of experience as a Full Stack Developer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. I enjoy solving complex problems within budget and deadlines putting my skills on PHP, MySQL, Python, Codeigniter, Yii2, Laravel, AngularJS, ReactJS, NodeJS to best use. Through Knowledge of UML & visual modeling, application architecture design & business process modeling. Successfully delivered various projects, based on different technologies across the globe.

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