Android time picker example

In Android, you can use “android.widget.TimePicker” class to render a time picker component to select hour and minute in a pre-defined user interface.

In this tutorial, we show you how to render time picker component via android.widget.TimePicker in current page, and also in dialog box via In addition, we also show you how to set a hour and minute in time picker component.

P.S This project is developed in Eclipse 3.7, and tested with Android 2.3.3.

1. TimePicker

Open “res/layout/main.xml” file, add time picker, label and button for demonstration.

File : res/layout/main.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android=""
    android:orientation="vertical" >
        android:text="Change Time" />
        android:text="Current Time (H:M): "
        android:textAppearance="?android:attr/textAppearanceLarge" />
        android:textAppearance="?android:attr/textAppearanceLarge" />
        android:layout_height="wrap_content" />

P.S The “TimePickerDialog” is declare in code, not XML.

2. Code Code

Read the code’s comment, it should be self-explanatory.

File :

import java.util.Calendar;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.View.OnClickListener;
import android.widget.Button;
import android.widget.TextView;
import android.widget.TimePicker;
public class MyAndroidAppActivity extends Activity {
	private TextView tvDisplayTime;
	private TimePicker timePicker1;
	private Button btnChangeTime;
	private int hour;
	private int minute;
	static final int TIME_DIALOG_ID = 999;
	public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
	// display current time
	public void setCurrentTimeOnView() {
		tvDisplayTime = (TextView) findViewById(;
		timePicker1 = (TimePicker) findViewById(;
		final Calendar c = Calendar.getInstance();
		hour = c.get(Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY);
		minute = c.get(Calendar.MINUTE);
		// set current time into textview
                    new StringBuilder().append(pad(hour))
		// set current time into timepicker
	public void addListenerOnButton() {
		btnChangeTime = (Button) findViewById(;
		btnChangeTime.setOnClickListener(new OnClickListener() {
			public void onClick(View v) {
	protected Dialog onCreateDialog(int id) {
		switch (id) {
			// set time picker as current time
			return new TimePickerDialog(this, 
                                        timePickerListener, hour, minute,false);
		return null;
	private TimePickerDialog.OnTimeSetListener timePickerListener = 
            new TimePickerDialog.OnTimeSetListener() {
		public void onTimeSet(TimePicker view, int selectedHour,
				int selectedMinute) {
			hour = selectedHour;
			minute = selectedMinute;
			// set current time into textview
			tvDisplayTime.setText(new StringBuilder().append(pad(hour))
			// set current time into timepicker
	private static String pad(int c) {
		if (c >= 10)
		   return String.valueOf(c);
		   return "0" + String.valueOf(c);

P.S The “TimePickerDialog” example above, is referenced from Google Android time picker example, with some minor change.

3. Demo

Run the application.

1. Result, “time picker” and “textview” are set to current time.

android timepicker demo1

2. Click on the “Change Time” button, it will prompt a time picker component in a dialog box via TimePickerDialog.

android timepicker demo2

3. Both “time picker” and “textview” are updated with selected time.

android timepicker demo3

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  • saeid

    how send sms with time picker and date picker?
    my mean user set time and date,after that sms sent when user set the time

  • pooja mehta

    How to compare start time and end time . I have taken button and edittext box as backgound of button

  • Mayaa

    Perfect thanks… This looks a bit different, may help.. Have a look…

  • rameshbabu

    sir.. how the time setup will open, while click on the change time button..

    there is no button on click in xml file.. how was it work…

  • Denisia

    You, sir, are a real blessing !Great tutorial ,very useful and straight to the point!
    Best regards!

  • martha

    este sitio me ayudo a resolver muchas dudas, gracias por su tiempo, y siga adelante, EXITOS :-)

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  • http://mkyoug mathi

    i like code to execute

  • duc

    Many thanks for all tutorials you have made, i learned many things from here. I also create a tutorial about how to customize a DateTimePicker Dialog at here. I hope this helpful for someone.

  • Shajeel Afzal

    When i change the time in the dialog i get the Hour in 24 format. But i want to get it in the AM/PM format. I have passed false in the last argument of the TimePickerDialog constructor.

  • Namdev

    Hi sir,
    I want develop the application in adroid that takes the call log information from the phone and I want to send that information to the server.So how I can develop this application.please give me the answer….

  • Plugie

    how about if the user should input duration.
    for example 25 hours 5 minutes.

    is there any example for duration picker ?

    • Qadir

      this is possible by using the mili seconds in Date class. first you have to convert the 25hrs and 5 minuts in mili seconds. then u will set the duration in miliseconds. hope the answer of question. :)

  • Sana

    hi , i’m trying to put 2 time pickers in my android application to have the time of begin and end of a thread.. but i don’t know witch code to duplicate to do that .. please help !!

  • varsha

    your apps is nice but i need your help.
    i want to set a start date and end date with the same datepicker.
    what should i do? Please help me.I am waiting for your reply.please reply as soon as possible..thank u again

    • Qadir

      you should show time and date picker in an alert dialog.
      in alert dialog you have to create a time and date picker dynamically via codding (not using XML drag and drop) and two buttons OK and CANCEL.
      one your dialog in triggered u will enter your start date, after that u will definatly click on the OK button, now here u can show a new date and time picker on the click event of OK button..

      • sojitra.sagar

        Its very easy to do so…just call this method

        and make sure conversation with variables that u r passing in it… if you get mistake then ur both time will be same… or may be interchange…

  • http://none bob

    Very Bad


  • shima

    i use the code but the time dont change with time of system and remaning.

  • ddkstudent

    Very simple, thank you!

  • shardul

    Its beautiful site. I like your easy to go android tutorials. Thanks for your time…

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