How to Get Selected Text and Value Android ListPreference-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

The XML file of my ListPreference

<ListPreference android:key="lpBirim" android:title="Birim"
        android:summary="" android:defaultValue="0"  android:persistent="false"/>

How to get the selected text and the selected value?

How to solve:

in your PreferenceActivity do something like:

ListPreference listPreference = (ListPreference) findPreference("lpBirim");
CharSequence currText = listPreference.getEntry();
String currValue = listPreference.getValue();


You can use this snippet to get the value:

 SharedPreferences sp = PreferenceManager.getDefaultSharedPreferences(this); 

Have look on the tutorial


Here is an example:

public boolean onPreferenceChange(Preference preference, Object value)
    String textValue = value.toString();

    ListPreference listPreference = (ListPreference) preference;
    int index = listPreference.findIndexOfValue(textValue);

    CharSequence[] entries = listPreference.getEntries();

    if(index >= 0)
        Toast.makeText(preference.getContext(), entries[index], Toast.LENGTH_LONG);

    return true;
  • index contains the index of the clicked item
  • textValue is the Selected Value
  • entries[index] is the Selected Text


SharedPreferences Preference = PreferenceManager.getDefaultSharedPreferences(this); 
 Preference.getString("your list preference key","-1")


You can use findPreference() to get a ListPreference that has all methods you need. To have it working you need to use or extend PreferenceFragment first.

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