Implementing a splash screen in Android is a redundant question among beginners. With that tutorial, we’re going to see that it’s very easy to implement a splash screen with just some lines of code.

Before to continue, it’s important to understand that splash screen is not a recommended design pattern in Android. However, you can implement if you want and think that is a plus for your application.

First, we need a splash screen image.

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Now, we need to define a first activity that will display the splash screen image during some time. UI is very simple : you can use for example a LinearLayout what matches the screen in width and height and then define our splash screen image as background.

In the activity, we define a constant SPLASH_TIME_OUT storing the time for the splash screen display. Then, main idea is to use a Handler and to post a Runnable in delayed time that corresponds to SPLASH_TIME_OUT.

In the run method of your Runnable, you launch intent to go on main activity of your application :

public class SplashScreen extends Activity {

  // Splash screen timer
  private static int SPLASH_TIME_OUT = 3000;

  protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

    new Handler().postDelayed(new Runnable() {
      public void run() {
        Intent i = new Intent(SplashScreen.this, MainActivity.class);
      }},  SPLASH_TIME_OUT);


To test the final result, go on that Youtube video and see the live coding of the splash screen demo application :