XamaWIN – ListView Highlighting in Android

Xamawin • zam-ah win | noun
A quick, easy to implement enhancement for a Xamarin App that improves performance, appearance, or functionality

This is  my go-to styles.xml for almost every Xamarin App I make. While the system default highlighting can be desirable, I find most apps look better with a custom/branded highlight or (more often) no highlight at all. Assuming the latter, I usually address the issue like so:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>

  <!-- Colors -->
  <color name="CustomHighlight">@android:color/transparent</color>
  <color name="DarkOverride">@android:color/black</color>
  <color name="Brand">#BE1003</color>
<style name="MainTheme" parent="MainTheme.Base">

  <!-- Base theme applied no matter what API -->
<style name="MainTheme.Base" parent="Theme.AppCompat.Light.DarkActionBar">
    <item name="windowNoTitle">true</item>
    <item name="windowActionBar">false</item>
    <item name="colorPrimary">@color/Brand</item>
    <item name="colorPrimaryDark">@color/DarkOverride</item>
    <item name="colorAccent">@color/Brand</item>
    <item name="windowActionModeOverlay">true</item>
    <item name="android:datePickerDialogTheme">@style/AppCompatDialogStyle</item>

	<!-- Override -->
    <item name="android:colorPressedHighlight">@color/CustomHighlight</item>
    <item name="android:colorLongPressedHighlight">@color/CustomHighlight</item>
    <item name="android:colorFocusedHighlight">@color/CustomHighlight</item>
    <item name="android:colorActivatedHighlight">@color/CustomHighlight</item>
    <item name="android:activatedBackgroundIndicator">@color/CustomHighlight</item>

    <!--<item name="android:textColorHint">#C14242</item>-->
<style name="AppCompatDialogStyle" parent="Theme.AppCompat.Light.Dialog">
    <item name="colorAccent">@color/Brand</item>


Also, since we are removing the highlight, it may make sense to clear out the selected value from the list so that the user may re-select the same entry in the row if needed. There are a few ways to achieve this, but assuming that clicking an entry causes a page navigation, you may use something like the following block to clear out their selection when they return to the view:

        protected override void OnAppearing()

            MyListView.SelectedItem = null;

I’m missing an easy way to do this in iOS without a custom renderer. If you’ve got a snippet handy, let me know in the comments!

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