Android SearchView.OnCloseListener Not Working

Android SearchView.OnCloseListener Not Working? Here is how to fix it.

I was working on an android app project which required a SearchView. While working on the SearchView, I discovered that the method setOncloseListener is not working for the SearchView. I did some research and found that a lot of people like are having the same issues. After some testing I found a solution to make the close icon click listener or the OnCloseListener for SearchView work. It is not ideal, but here we go.


SearchView with Close Icon

SearchViewSearchView with Close IconBefore going further here are some primary details,

    • I'm using androidx.appcompat.widget.SearchView in a layout.

    • I needed the method to clear queries from searchView, remove focus and finally hide the soft keyboard.


In your java code add these lines to make the magic work:

        SearchView searchView = findViewById(;

        int searchCloseButtonId = searchView.findViewById(;
        ImageView closeButton = searchView.findViewById(searchCloseButtonId);
        closeButton.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
            public void onClick(View v) {
                searchView.setQuery("", false);

for hideKeyboard:

        private void hideKeyboard() {
        InputMethodManager imm = (InputMethodManager) getSystemService(Context.INPUT_METHOD_SERVICE);
        imm.hideSoftInputFromWindow(binding.searchView.getWindowToken(), 0);

And that's it. Now you can make your searchView close icon work as you like.

How it's working?

SearchView has IDs for its own components, in this case, the close icon. In the code have searchView.findViewById( which calls the id of the close image from searchView itself.
Later we added this id to an ImageView by using searchView.findViewById(searchCloseButtonId) this. And then just setting on click listener for the ImageView and creating a method for hideKeyboard from searchView windowToken.

So, now you have a solution to fix problems with searchView.setOnCloseListener.

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