user616076 February 2016

My EditTextPreference is not updaing after adding string to Dialog

I've added an EditTextPreference to my Settings.xml with the code below

        android:title="User Name"
        android:summary="Please add user name." />

When I run it the dialog box appears but when I add my name it doesn't update and still says 'Please add..' What have I left out?


Kamil Stachowiak February 2016

Please create Your own EditTextPreference. To achieve Your result You need to override getSummary method.

public class EditTextPreference extends android.preference.EditTextPreference{

    public EditTextPreference(Context context, AttributeSet attrs, int defStyle) {
        super(context, attrs, defStyle);

    public EditTextPreference(Context context, AttributeSet attrs) {
        super(context, attrs);

    public EditTextPreference(Context context) {

    public CharSequence getSummary() {
        String summary = super.getSummary().toString();
        return String.format(summary, getText());

Then I use in preferences.xml file, newly created EditTextPreference, and in summary I set value from strings.xml like this:


And finally in strings.xml it looks like this:

Please select user. Currently set is: %s

Final summary is then: Please select user. Currently set is: selectedValue

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