android – Toolbar – add the up button-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I am trying to use the Toolbar instead of the ActionBar, but I can’t figure out how to add the up button to return to the previous activity.
I couldn’t find any method that could relate to it.

How do I add the up button?

How to solve:

I guess what you are looking for is something like this:

Toolbar toolbar = (Toolbar) findViewById(;

Or in case of using in Fragment:

Toolbar toolbar = (Toolbar) view.findViewById(;
((ActionBarActivity) getActivity()).setSupportActionBar(toolbar);
((ActionBarActivity) getActivity()).getSupportActionBar().setDisplayHomeAsUpEnabled(true);

This will show up your Action Bar inside of your toolbar, but don’t worry everything will fit together well. The last you have to do if you dont want any shadow under your action bar or any background of it is change your theme in vaules/styles.xml.

<style name="AppThmeme.Base" parent="Theme.AppCompat.NoActionBar">


If you want to do this in XML, you can use…



If you’re wondering why clicking on up button doesn’t work with fragments, you need to set up a navigation listener as well, not sure why Google hasn’t enabled it by default:

protected fun setupToolbar(toolbar: Toolbar) {
    (activity as AppCompatActivity).run {
        toolbar.setNavigationOnClickListener { onBackPressed() }


Calling getSupportActionBar().setHomeButtonEnabled(true); should still work I think, as long as you have already called setSupportActionBar(toolbar);


In case when previous activity is always same for an activity then up/back button can be achieved with the help of parentActivityName attribute. It can be mentioned in AndroidManifest.xml file as shown below:

<activity android:name=".DetailActivity"
                android:value=".MainActivity" />

Let’s say DetailActivity was opened from MainActivity. So when you’re on DetailActivity then tool bar will automatically show a left pointing arrow as shown in the screenshot below:

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When we click on left pointing arrow then MainActivity gets displayed.


You can add your own ‘up’ button in toolbar, after all it is just a ViewGroup.

You can customize toolbar as much as you want, in your toolbar.xml, or wherever you have defined in your layout add your ‘up’ button like given below :




Now, define uphandler function in your activity to listen to this up button :

public void uphandler(View v){
       this.finish();    // This will kill current activity, and if previous activity is still opened in background, it will come in front.

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