Creating Sub MenuItems for FAB (Floating Action Button) in less than 5 minutes

Our target to integrate FAB into an existing Android App and creating submenus. Settings icon is used as FAB. Clicking on it will open its sub menus: Save, Edit and Photo. Clicking on X will close sub menus and Settings icon will re-appear.

This is how main screen will look after FAB integrated into it.

Collapsed Settings FAB

Clicking on Settings icon will open sub menus:

Expanded Settings FAB

Create Android Studio Project

Step#1: Create New Project in Android Studio:

Step#2: Choose Blank Activity:

Step#3: This how your project would look like :


Step#1: Assets First

I need few assets to be used as FAB submenu icons. I used Android Studio’s built-in tool to generate Vector Assets. You can access this tool right clicking on app module → Click New → Click on Vector Assets

Step#2: Configure dependencies

I’ll be using cardView component to display description for sub menu items. Here’s how you can add it as a dependency in your build.gradle

compile ''

XML Layout

I named it as layout_fab_submenu.xml. It’s a FrameLayout.

I chose FrameLayout because I wanted a screen floating atop of existing screen and a holder for all FAB menu items. Don’t forget to set the top margin to android:layout_marginTop="?attr/actionBarSize" to avoid Actionbar overlapping.

<FrameLayout xmlns:android="" xmlns:app="" android:id="@+id/fabFrame" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:layout_marginTop="?attr/actionBarSize" android:paddingBottom="@dimen/activity_vertical_margin" android:paddingLeft="@dimen/activity_horizontal_margin" android:paddingRight="@dimen/activity_horizontal_margin" android:paddingTop="@dimen/activity_vertical_margin" android:orientation="vertical"> ..... 

Step#2: Layout for FAB SubMenu items

Now, I want to create one LinearLayout for each FAB. Since I want all of the FAB items to be at bottom right corner of screen, so I will use android:layout_gravity=bottom|end. Every sub menu will have its own LinearLayout like following. Each LinearLayout has one CardView to hold TextView for explaining FAB's purpose and one next to it.

<LinearLayout android:id="@+id/layoutFabSave" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:gravity="center_vertical" android:layout_gravity="bottom|end" 
android:layout_marginEnd="8dp" android:orientation="horizontal">
< android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" app:cardBackgroundColor="@color/cardview_light_background" app:cardCornerRadius="@dimen/cardCornerRadius" app:cardElevation="@dimen/cardElevation" app:cardUseCompatPadding="true" > 
<TextView android:id="@+id/cvtSave" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:text="@string/save" android:textAppearance="?android:attr/textAppearanceSmall" android:textStyle="bold" android:paddingRight="@dimen/cardview_horizontal_padding" android:paddingLeft="@dimen/cardview_horizontal_padding" android:paddingBottom="@dimen/cardview_vertical_padding" android:paddingTop="@dimen/cardview_vertical_padding" /> </>
< android:id="@+id/fabSave" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:src="@drawable/ic_save_black_24dp" app:backgroundTint="@android:color/holo_green_light" app:fabSize="mini" />

Lets check out More Code

In order to support FAB opening and closing, you would need to write two methods. One is to make sub menus visible, and other is to hide sub menus and only show main FAB which is Settings icon is our case. When Settings FAB expands, it turns into 'X' to give option to be able to close expanded sub menus. These are the two methods you would need:

//closes FAB submenus private void closeSubMenusFab(){ layoutFabSave.setVisibility(View.INVISIBLE); layoutFabEdit.setVisibility(View.INVISIBLE); layoutFabPhoto.setVisibility(View.INVISIBLE); fabSettings.setImageResource(R.drawable.ic_settings_black_24dp); fabExpanded = false; 
//Opens FAB submenus private void openSubMenusFab(){ layoutFabSave.setVisibility(View.VISIBLE); layoutFabEdit.setVisibility(View.VISIBLE); layoutFabPhoto.setVisibility(View.VISIBLE);
//Change settings icon to 'X' icon fabSettings.setImageResource(R.drawable.ic_close_black_24dp); fabExpanded = true;

Now, its time to hook them up in the main code to make it functional. Lets start with onCreate() method:

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity { 
//boolean flag to know if main FAB is in open or closed state. private boolean fabExpanded = false; 
private FloatingActionButton fabSettings;
//Linear layout holding the Save submenu 
private LinearLayout layoutFabSave;
//Linear layout holding the Edit submenu 
private LinearLayout layoutFabEdit;
private LinearLayout layoutFabPhoto;
@Override protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super.onCreate(savedInstanceState); setContentView(R.layout.activity_main); 
Toolbar toolbar = (Toolbar) findViewById(; setSupportActionBar(toolbar);
fabSettings = (FloatingActionButton) this.findViewById(;
layoutFabSave = (LinearLayout) this.findViewById(;
layoutFabEdit = (LinearLayout) this.findViewById(;
layoutFabPhoto = (LinearLayout) this.findViewById(;
//When main Fab (Settings) is clicked, it expands if not expanded already. 
//Collapses if main FAB was open already.
//This gives FAB (Settings) open/close behavior fabSettings.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
@Override public void onClick(View view) { 
if (fabExpanded == true){
} else { openSubMenusFab(); } } });
//Only main FAB is visible in the beginning


Yay ! You got FAB integrated along with sub menu in less than 5 minutes. Its time to celebrate :)

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