— Kotlin, Localization, Android Studio — 2 min read
If you're creating an Android app that will be used by people from different countries or regions, it's important to make sure that the app is available in their language and culture. By localizing your app, you can provide a better user experience for your users, and increase your chances of success in the global market.
In this post, we'll go through the steps to localize an Android app using Kotlin and Android Studio.
The first step in localizing your Android app is to add support for multiple languages. You can do this by adding the appropriate resource files to your project.
app > resfolder.
resfolder and select New > Android Resource Directory.
This will create a new folder for each language you selected, with a file called
strings.xml inside. This file will contain all of the localized strings for your app.
Once you've added support for multiple languages, you need to translate the strings in your app into each of the supported languages.
strings.xmlfile for the default language (usually
strings.xmlfiles in the other language folders.
For example, if you have a string called
welcome_message in your default
strings.xml file, you would copy this string to the
strings.xml files in the other language folders, and translate it into the appropriate language.
1<resources>2 <string name="welcome_message">Welcome to my app!</string>3</resources>
Now that you've translated your strings, you need to make sure that the correct strings are loaded at runtime based on the user's language and culture.
getString()method to retrieve each string from the
For example, if you have a TextView in your layout with the ID
welcome_message_textview, you can set its text like this:
1val welcomeMessageTextView = findViewById<TextView>(R.id.welcome_message_textview)2val welcomeMessage = getString(R.string.welcome_message)3welcomeMessageTextView.text = welcomeMessage
Localizing your Android app is an important step in making it accessible to users from different countries and regions. By following the steps outlined in this post, you can easily add support for multiple languages and cultures to your app, and provide a better user experience for your users.