How Do You Code a Simple Android App?

Android, Android Apps

Building a simple Android app can seem like a daunting task, especially if you are new to coding. However, with the right guidance and a little bit of practice, you can create your own Android app in no time. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps of coding a simple Android app using HTML.

Setting Up Your Development Environment

Before we dive into coding our Android app, let’s make sure we have all the necessary tools installed on our computer. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Android Studio: Download and install the latest version of Android Studio from the official website.
  • Java Development Kit (JDK): Make sure you have JDK installed on your machine. You can download it from the Oracle website and follow the installation instructions.
  • An Android device or emulator: You’ll need an Android device or an emulator to run and test your app.

Coding Your Simple Android App

Now that we have our development environment set up, let’s start coding our simple Android app. Open Android Studio and follow these steps:

Create a New Project

  1. Step 1: Click on “Start a new Android Studio project” to create a new project.
  2. Step 2: Choose an application name and domain for your app. It’s important to give your app a unique name that reflects its purpose.
  3. Step 3: Select the minimum SDK version supported by your app.

    This determines the oldest version of Android your app will run on.

  4. Step 4: Choose the type of activity for your app. For a simple app, you can select “Empty Activity. “
  5. Step 5: Customize the activity details, such as the layout name and title for your app.
  6. Step 6: Click on “Finish” to create your project.

Add UI Elements

Now that we have our project set up, let’s add some UI elements to our app. Open the XML layout file (usually named activity_main.xml) and add the following code:

<LinearLayout xmlns:android=""

        android:textSize="24sp" />

        android:text="@string/start_button_text" />


In this code snippet, we have added a LinearLayout as the root element, which allows us to stack UI elements vertically. We have also added a TextView and a Button inside the LinearLayout.

Add Functionality

Next, let’s add some functionality to our app. Open the Java file (usually named and add the following code:

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.Button;
import android.TextView;

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

    private TextView welcomeText;
    private Button startButton;

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

        welcomeText = findViewById(;
        startButton = findViewById(R.startButton);

        startButton.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
            public void onClick(View v) {
                welcomeText.setText("Hello, Android!");

In this code snippet, we have defined two private variables, welcomeText and startButton, which correspond to the TextView and Button UI elements in our XML layout file. In the onCreate method, we initialize these variables by finding the corresponding views by their IDs. We also set an OnClickListener on the startButton to change the text of the welcomeText when the button is clicked.

Running Your Android App

Now that we have coded our simple Android app, let’s run it on an emulator or a physical device. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Connect your Android device to your computer using a USB cable or launch your preferred emulator.
  2. Step 2: In Android Studio, click on the “Run” button or press Shift + F10 to build and run your app.
  3. Step 3: Select your device from the list of available devices and click “OK.”

Your app should now be installed and running on your Android device or emulator. You should see the welcome message on the screen, and when you click the start button, it should change to “Hello, Android!”


Congratulations! You have successfully coded a simple Android app using HTML.

In this tutorial, we covered the basics of setting up your development environment, creating a new project, adding UI elements, and adding functionality to your app. With this knowledge, you can now explore and experiment with more complex features and create your own amazing Android apps.