android – Set text size in .xml or programmatically-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I have variable at dimens.xml

    <dimen name="btn_text_size">12sp</dimen>    

And i can use it in layout file:


or programmatically


But this 2 methods give different results. I know that getDimension are based on the current DisplayMetrics associated with the resources.

But what should i do to make this 2 ways looks the same?

How to solve:

setTextSize( float ) expects a scaled pixel value. So, setTextSize( 12 ) would give you the desired result. However, getDimension() and getDimensionPixelSize() return the size in units of pixels, so you need to use the unit-typed variant of setTextSize() as follows:

setTextSize( TypedValue.COMPLEX_UNIT_PX, getDimensionPixelSize( R.dimen.tag_text_size ) );



this will work just fine 🙂
You should also remember that textView has a setTextSize(int unit,float size), which should be used while setting size from code but not from xml dimen.


I have currently the same thing. Did set a dimension in dimens.xml and applied it programmatically, which is 3 times that big, than when settings via xml.

I checked also:

TextView.getTextSize() = 92f
getResources().getDimension(R.dimen ...) = 92f

TextView.setTextSize(92) != TextView with size from XML, other flags like TypedValue.COMPLEX_UNIT_PX make it even bigger.

The default setTextSize does apply COMPLEX_UNIT_SP by default btw. So once again, the Android API is inconsistent, so setting programmatically only and adapt sizes, so they fit, will be my solution.

Edit: Setting text size programmatically under Galaxy Note 2 (4.4.2) vs Note 4 (5.0.1) leads to a totally different result -.-

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