Android EditText Backspace Event - Handle Delete Key

When working with an Android EditText, it may be necessary to handle the backspace or delete key events. These events can be useful for performing actions such as clearing the text field or deleting a specific character.

To handle the backspace or delete key events, you can use the setOnKeyListener method of the EditText. This method takes a listener object that will be called when a key event occurs.

Here is an example of how to handle the backspace and delete key events in an EditText:

EditText editText = findViewById(;

editText.setOnKeyListener(new View.OnKeyListener() {
    public boolean onKey(View v, int keyCode, KeyEvent event) {
        if (keyCode == KeyEvent.KEYCODE_DEL) {
            // Handle delete key event
            return true;
        return false;

In this example, we are setting a key listener on our EditText that will be called whenever a key event occurs. We check if the keyCode is equal to KeyEvent.KEYCODE_DEL, which represents the delete key. If it is, we can handle the delete key event however we need to.

It is important to note that the onKey method will also be called for other key events, such as key presses. To specifically handle the backspace or delete key events, we need to check for the KeyEvent.KEYCODE_DEL keycode.

By handling the backspace and delete key events in our EditText, we can make our app more user-friendly and provide a better user experience.

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