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Button and LED (Java)

This Android Things sample demonstrates how to use a button input UserDriver to listen to GPIO pin changes, generate and listen for key events and change the state of an LED accordingly. Follow the Peripheral I/O Codelab for step-by-step instructions on how to build a similar sample.


Button sample demo

(Watch the demo on YouTube)


  • Android Things compatible board
  • Android Studio 2.2+
  • Rainbow HAT for Android Things or the following individual components:
    • 1 LED
    • 1 push button
    • 2 resistors
    • jumper wires
    • 1 breadboard


If you have the Raspberry Pi Rainbow HAT for Android Things, just plug it onto your Raspberry Pi 3.

Schematics for Raspberry Pi 3

Run on Android Things Starter Kit

If you have an Android Things Starter Kit, you can easily run this sample on your i.MX7D development board from the Android Things Toolkit app.

To run the sample on your i.MX7D development board:

  1. Set up your device using Toolkit
  2. Navigate to the Apps tab
  3. Select Run next to the Button sample.
  4. Press the "A" button on your Rainbow HAT to light up the LED above the button.

Running Button Sample on Toolkit

Build and install

On Android Studio, click on the "Run" button.

If you prefer to run on the command line, type

./gradlew installDebug
adb shell am start com.example.androidthings.button/.ButtonActivity

If you have everything set up correctly, the LED will light up when you press the button and light off when you release it.

Enable auto-launch behavior

This sample app is currently configured to launch only when deployed from your development machine. To enable the main activity to launch automatically on boot, add the following intent-filter to the app's manifest file:

<activity ...>

        <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN"/>
        <category android:name="android.intent.category.HOME"/>
        <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT"/>



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