Tutorials Android getDrawable() deprecated API 22 Alternative

Published on May 30th, 2016 | by James


Android getDrawable() deprecated API 22 Alternative

There are several options to handle getDrawable() deprecation (the right and future proof way), depending on which kind of drawable is being loaded:

A) Drawables without theme attributes

For unstyled drawable the old way. This is probably what is needed.
Please note:   ResourcesCompat.getDrawable()  is not deprecated!

B) Drawables with theme attributes

For a styled Drawable as the Activity theme instructs.

C) Drawables with theme attributes from another theme


Android 21 (5.0 Lollipop) introduced some new theme attributes such as android:colorAccent that modify the appearance of drawables that hold references to those new theme attributes values.

The AppCompat library handles pre and post-Lollipop drawable styling for you.

If the deprecated getDrawable() method is used to obtain a drawable resource with theme attributes, A partially-styled drawable and a logcat warning will come as output. It can be seen in API 22 android.content.res.Resources source code:

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