How to implement Pull To Refresh for RecyclerView in Android – Java

Android provides SwipeRefreshLayout to implement pull to refresh functionality in Android. We can use it for RecyclerView, ListView, or other types of views. In this tutorial, I will explain how you can implement Pull To Refresh for RecyclerView using SwipeRefreshLayout in Android.

 Pull To Refresh in Android

The following is the Java code for pull to refresh functionality. If you are looking for a Kotlin solution, please have a look at, Implement Pull To Refresh in Kotlin.

Import Androidx library for SwipeRefreshLayout

In your App level build.gradle file, add the following dependencies under the dependencies block, and sync your project.

implementation 'androidx.appcompat:appcompat:1.2.0'
implementation 'androidx.gridlayout:gridlayout:1.0.0'

XML Code: Wrap RecyclerView inside SwipeRefreshLayout

Now to implement Pull to Refresh functionality, we need to put RecyclerView layout inside SwipeRefreshLayout in the XML code as shown in the following code.




Activity Code in Java

Now inside your Activity or Fragment’s onCreate method add the following code. initializeRefreshListener() method will set a listener to the SwipeRefreshLayout and will call onRefresh() method, whenever pull to refresh operation is performed by the user.

import androidx.swiperefreshlayout.widget.SwipeRefreshLayout;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.os.Handler;

public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity {

private SwipeRefreshLayout swipeRefreshLayout;


    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        swipeRefreshLayout = findViewById(;

    void initializeRefreshListener() {

        swipeRefreshLayout.setOnRefreshListener(new SwipeRefreshLayout.OnRefreshListener() {
            public void onRefresh() {
                // This method gets called when user pull for refresh,
                // You can make your API call here,
                // We are using adding a delay for the moment
                final Handler handler = new Handler();
                handler.postDelayed(new Runnable() {
                    public void run() {
                        if(swipeRefreshLayout.isRefreshing()) {
                }, 3000);

In onRefresh() method you can make your API call to get the latest data. In the above code, we just added a delay. When data refresh is done we need to call SwipeRefreshLayout.setRefreshing(false); method explicitly to dismiss the loading view.


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