Create Android Splash Screen in Android Studio

Splash Screen is displayed for like a second or two then gets redirected to main default activity¬†after an app is first opened. It is often used to display¬†an app or company’s logo. Since Android Studio hasn’t had this feature built-in, this tutorial will show you how to develop a splash screen.

The logic behind splash screen is simple. Create an activity which shows splash screen’s content, set a timer to make it disappear after a few seconds then display main activity.

How to create splash screen

SplashScreen

The first step is to create a new project. You can name the project whatever you want. In my case, I choose the project I already created in this Android Picasso example.

Let’s create a splash screen java file first. Add a new Java file by right-clicking on package name > New > Java Class. Name it SplashScreen.java and add following codes.

import android.app.Activity;
import android.content.Intent;
import android.os.Bundle;

public class SplashScreen extends Activity {

    @Override
    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
        setContentView(R.layout.activity_splash_screen);

        //redirect to MainActivity after 2 seconds
        Thread timerThread = new Thread(){
            public void run(){
                try{
                    sleep(2000);
                }catch(InterruptedException e){
                    e.printStackTrace();
                }finally{
                    Intent intent = new Intent(SplashScreen.this,MainActivity.class);
                    startActivity(intent);
                }
            }
        };
        timerThread.start();
    }
}

As you see we haven’t create a layout file named activity_splash_screen.xml yet. Create it via right-clicking on res > layout > New > Layout resource file. We want to display the app’s logo so we need to copy logo.png (any file can be used) to res > drawable folder. The logo will be displayed in an ImageView. Open activity_splash_screen.xml and add following codes:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<RelativeLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    xmlns:tools="http://schemas.android.com/tools"
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="match_parent"
    android:paddingBottom="@dimen/activity_vertical_margin"
    android:paddingLeft="@dimen/activity_horizontal_margin"
    android:paddingRight="@dimen/activity_horizontal_margin"
    android:paddingTop="@dimen/activity_vertical_margin"
    tools:context="picassoapp.test.com.picassoapp.SplashScreen">
    <ImageView
        android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:id="@+id/imageView"
        android:background="@drawable/logo"
        android:layout_alignParentTop="true"
        android:layout_centerHorizontal="true"
        android:layout_marginTop="50dp"/>
</RelativeLayout>

The splash screen is completed. The next step is to make it displayed by default by modifying AndroidManifest.xml file.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    package="picassoapp.test.com.picassoapp">

    <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />

    <application
        android:allowBackup="true"
        android:icon="@mipmap/ic_launcher"
        android:label="@string/app_name"
        android:supportsRtl="true"
        android:theme="@style/AppTheme">

        <activity android:name=".SplashScreen">
            <intent-filter>
                <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />

                <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
            </intent-filter>
        </activity>

        <activity android:name=".MainActivity">
            <intent-filter>
                <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />
            </intent-filter>
        </activity>
    </application>

</manifest>