Android – Using TouchDelegates

TouchDelegates in Android allow to increase the touch area of a View, e.g. Button. This is very useful if you want to make it easier for the user to touch your button.

Here is a small example for the usage of a touch delegate. The layout has the ID root and contains a button with the ID delegated_button.


import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.TouchDelegate;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.Button;

public class MainActivity extends Activity {
	private Button mButton;

	/** Called when the activity is first created. */
	public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
		mButton = (Button) findViewById(;
		View parent = findViewById(; Runnable() {
			public void run() {
				// Post in the parent's message queue to make sure the parent
				// lays out its children before we call getHitRect()
				Rect delegateArea = new Rect();
				Button delegate = mButton;
				delegate.getHitRect(delegateArea); -= 600;
				delegateArea.bottom += 600;
				delegateArea.left -= 600;
				delegateArea.right += 600;
				TouchDelegate expandedArea = new TouchDelegate(delegateArea,
				// give the delegate to an ancestor of the view we're
				// delegating the
				// area to
				if (View.class.isInstance(delegate.getParent())) {
					((View) delegate.getParent())

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2 Responses to Android – Using TouchDelegates

  1. Josh says:

    How do you feel about using negative layoutMargins (possibly compensated for by padding) to achieve a similar effect? It requires a lot less code. Sometimes it’s not possible, but it’s rare to come across those situations.

  2. Lars Vogel says:

    @Josh: I didn’t know that this also works. Thanks for the info.

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