Introduction: Change Language Programmatically in Android
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This is a helper library to change the language programmatically in Android.

Android by default uses the locale of the device to select the appropriate language dependent resources. And most of the time this behaviour is enough for common applications.

However, there are cases where you would want to change the language of your app and the UI of the app. As a result, LocaleHelper has emerged.

Download =

implementation 'com.zeugmasolutions.localehelper:locale-helper-android:1.0.4'

Features =

  1. Changes language on-the-fly
  2. Persists the changes in Preferences automatically
  3. Detects changes when activity loads from backstack
  4. Detects Right-To-Left (RTL) languages and updates layout direction
  5. Small footprint (~3KB, ~50 methods), easy to use

Demo = Demo video

Demo source code

Setup = (Option 1) Using base classes

  1. Extend your app class
    class App : LocaleAwareApplication() {
  2. Extend your base activity class
    open class BaseActivity : LocaleAwareCompatActivity() {  
    LocaleAwareCompatActivity provides a helper method called updateLocale

That's it.

(Option 2) Using delegates

This option requires you to do extra steps if you don't want to extend from base classes.

  1. On your custom Application class override onAttach and onConfiguration change methods.

    class MyApp : Application() {  
     private val localeAppDelegate = LocaleHelperApplicationDelegate()
     override fun attachBaseContext(base: Context) {
     override fun onConfigurationChanged(newConfig: Configuration) {
  2. On your base activity class override onAttach and add a helper method

    open class BaseActivity : AppCompatActivity() {  
     private val localeDelegate = LocaleHelperActivityDelegateImpl()
     override fun attachBaseContext(newBase: Context) {
     override fun applyOverrideConfiguration(overrideConfiguration: Configuration?) {
             localeDelegate.applyOverrideConfiguration(baseContext, overrideConfiguration)
     override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {
     override fun onResume() {
     override fun onPause() {
     override fun getResources(): Resources = localeDelegate.getResources(super.getResources())
     open fun updateLocale(locale: Locale) {
         localeDelegate.setLocale(this, locale)

    Usage = (Option 1)

If you're using the base classes, just call updateLocale(newLocale). It will then update the locale and restart the activity.


toTRButton.setOnClickListener { updateLocale(Locales.Turkish) }

In java.util.Locale class most of the common Locales and their variants are defined. However, it doesn't contain all the Locales so com.zeugmasolutions.Locales provides the missing ones for easy access.

(Option 2)

To change the locale you can call setLocale on the delegate

localeDelegate.setLocale(this, locale)

The delegate will set the new locale and recreate the activity.

Notes =

  1. actionbar(toolbar) title should be set when onCreate is called.

    override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {
     setContentView(R.layout.activity_main) //sample
     setTitle(R.string.main_activity_title) //sample
  2. If your locale is Right-To-Left(RTL) don't forget to enable it in the AndroidManifest.xml
  3. Google introduced a new App Bundle format to split apk files in smaller sizes when they’re being installed on the client devices. However, this means that we cannot have dynamic language changes in our applications.

To prevent that split for language files we need to add extra lines in our build.gradle file inside the app folder like below.

android {
    //... removed for brevity
    bundle {
        language {
            enableSplit = false
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