To create a list of multiple-choice items (checkboxes) or single-choice items (radio buttons) inside the dialog, use the setMultiChoiceItems() and setSingleChoiceItems() methods, respectively. If you create one of these selectable lists in the onCreateDialog() callback method, Android manages the state of the list for you. As long as the Activity is active, the dialog remembers the items that were previously selected, but when the user exits the Activity, the selection is lost.

final CharSequence[] items = {"Red", "Green", "Blue"};

AlertDialog.Builder builder = new AlertDialog.Builder(this);
builder.setTitle("Pick a color");
builder.setSingleChoiceItems(items, -1, new DialogInterface.OnClickListener() {
    public void onClick(DialogInterface dialog, int item) {
        Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(), items[item], Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
AlertDialog alert = builder.create();;

The second parameter in the setSingleChoiceItems() method is an integer value for the checkedItem, which indicates the zero-based list position of the default selected item. Use “-1” to indicate that no item should be selected by default.

Single Choice List


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