Android: switch to a different IME programmatically


Because multiple IMEs may be installed on the device, provide a way for the user to switch to a different IME directly from the input method UI.

Let's assume I have the source of two input methods and can modify it.
I want to let the user switch between them quickly and am ready to reserve a button for that.
How do I "switch to a different IME directly from the input method UI"?

Best Solution

Switching to the previous input method from the current input method is:

//final String LATIN = "";
// 'this' is an InputMethodService
try {
    InputMethodManager imm = (InputMethodManager) this.getSystemService(Context.INPUT_METHOD_SERVICE);
    final IBinder token = this.getWindow().getWindow().getAttributes().token;
    //imm.setInputMethod(token, LATIN);
} catch (Throwable t) { // java.lang.NoSuchMethodError if API_level<11
    Log.e(TAG,"cannot set the previous input method:");

If you want to switch to a particular input method whose ID you know, you may do as the commented-out lines suggest.

EDIT @pRaNaY suggested a single .getWindow() in a silent edit (click "edited" below to see the history). I remember that it did not work for Android 2.3; if you consult the docs, you will see that the first call, InputMethodService.getWindow() returns a Dialog (which is not a subclass of Window), and the second call, Dialog.getWindow() returns a Window. There is no Dialog.getAttributes(), so with a single .getWindow() it will not even compile.