Android Change Activity Title

June 18, 2018
Why Android Activity Title Doesn’t Change?

Activity’s title is usually set at AndroidManifest.xml using android:label.

<activity
    android:name=".view.TestActivity"
    android:label="@string/title_activity_test" />

You can also call Activity.setTitle programatically.

class TestActivity : AppCompatActivity() {
    override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {
        super.onCreate(savedInstanceState)
        setContentView(R.layout.activity_test)

        setSupportActionBar(toolbar)
        setTitle("My Title")
    }
}

Once I found that I fail to change activity title using the above methods. Eventually I found out the layout xml generated by Android Studio assign a title to toolbar. Solution: Remove app:title from Toolbar.

<android.support.design.widget.CoordinatorLayout ...>

    <android.support.design.widget.AppBarLayout ...>

        <android.support.v7.widget.Toolbar
            android:id="@+id/toolbar"
            android:layout_width="match_parent"
            android:layout_height="?attr/actionBarSize"
            android:background="?attr/colorPrimary"
            app:layout_scrollFlags="scroll|enterAlways"
            app:popupTheme="@style/AppTheme.PopupOverlay"
            app:title="@string/app_name"
            >

    </android.support.design.widget.AppBarLayout>

</android.support.design.widget.CoordinatorLayout>  
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