Android Date Picker Example App

Photo of Mike Dalisay
Modified Monday, August 5, 2013
by - @ninjazhai
I have a friend who often asks: "What day of the week is [insert date here]?" So I decided to create a simple app for him to easily know what day of the week is a certain date. After I made this simple app, I also find it fun to use, haha! Now I know what day of the week I was born, it was Monday (July 30, 1990)!

Video Demo

Here's the final output of our code for today.

Live Demo

In case you want to try it yourself, I uploaded this simple app in my play store account. Download it here: Day Of Week Ninja, or you can just search for "day of week ninja" in your android device.

Let's Code - code to run this android date picker example are just in this one file.

package com.example.datepickerlistener;

import java.text.ParseException;
import java.text.SimpleDateFormat;
import java.util.Date;
import java.util.Locale;

import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.Gravity;
import android.widget.DatePicker;
import android.widget.DatePicker.OnDateChangedListener;
import android.widget.LinearLayout;
import android.widget.TextView;

public class MainActivity extends Activity {

    DatePicker datePickerBirthday;
    TextView textViewUserDate;

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        // create the date picker
        datePickerBirthday = new DatePicker(this);
        // hide the whole calendar view (works in api 11 or greater)
        int currentapiVersion = android.os.Build.VERSION.SDK_INT;
        if (currentapiVersion >= 11) {

        // create the TextView
        textViewUserDate = new TextView(this);
        // initialize the date to current date
        SimpleDateFormat sdfDateTime = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd", Locale.US);
        String dateStr = sdfDateTime.format(new Date(System.currentTimeMillis()));
        String[] dateSplit = dateStr.split("-");
        int currentYear = Integer.parseInt(dateSplit[0]);
        int currentMonth = Integer.parseInt(dateSplit[1]);
        int currentDay = Integer.parseInt(dateSplit[2]);
        // to show date and day of week in the TextView
        setHumanReadableDate(currentYear, currentMonth, currentDay);

        // initialize date picker listener
        // currentMonth - 1, because on the picker, 0 is January
        datePickerBirthday.init(currentYear, currentMonth - 1, currentDay, birthdayListener);

        // add to the container
        LinearLayout linearLayoutCalTvContainer = new LinearLayout(this);

        // set the views for the activity


    // the date picker listener
    OnDateChangedListener birthdayListener = new OnDateChangedListener() {
        public void onDateChanged(DatePicker birthDayDatePicker,
                int newYear, int newMonth, int newDay) {

                // currentMonth + 1, to retrieve proper month
                setHumanReadableDate(newYear, newMonth + 1, newDay);
            } catch (NullPointerException e) {
            } catch (Exception e) {
    // show the user a better date format
    public void setHumanReadableDate(int newYear, int newMonth, int newDay){
        try {
            String clickedDate = newYear + "-" + newMonth + "-" + newDay;
            SimpleDateFormat sdf = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd");
            Date d = sdf.parse(clickedDate);

            SimpleDateFormat sdfDateTime = new SimpleDateFormat("MMMM dd, yyyy 'is' EEEE", Locale.US);
            String dateStr = sdfDateTime.format(d);
        } catch (ParseException e) {


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