Creating A CheckBox Control In Xamarin Android App Using VS 2015 Update Three

In this article you will learn how to create a CheckBox Control in Xamarin Android App, using Visual Studio 2015 update 3.


Xamarin is a tool to develop cross-platform and multi-platform apps (Ex - Windows phone, Android, and iOS). In Xamarin, the code sharing concept is used. Xamarin Studio is available in Visual Studio too. 

The Check Box Control is used to automatically check (tick) the options and question-types in Android app.

  • Visual Studio 2015 update 3 
The following steps are needed to be followed in order to create a Check Box in Xamarin Android app.

Step 1 - G to File--> New--> Project. The list of all the project types will be opened. Or, you can simply press "Ctrl+Shift+N".


Step 2 - After opening the New project, select Installed --> Templates --> Visual C# --> Android --> choose Blank App (Android). Next, give your Android app a name (Ex: sample) and give path of your project. Finally, click OK.


Step 3 - Next, go to the Solution Explorer. Next, select Resource --> Layout --> double click to open Main.axml page. You can select either Design view or Code view to design your app.  


Step 4 - After this, open the Main.axml file. This will open the main page designer where you can design the app's homepage.


Step 5 - Next, go to the toolbox window where you have all types of tools and control. Go to the Toolbox window. Next, scroll down and look for all tools and controls. 

Drag and drop the Check Box control in your Main.axml page.


Step 6 - After dragging and dropping it, the Check Box will show up in your app.


Step 7 - Next, go to the properties window and edit the text value (Ex- android:text=check) and change the id (Ex- CheckBox android:id="@+id/checkbox").


Step 8 - Now, go to the Main.axml source code and tap here. Change the id value or note the value.


  1. <CheckBox android:id="@+id/checkbox" android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:text="check" />  
Step 9 - Next go to the Solution explorer window open the MainActivity.cs page write the following c# code

  1. protected override void OnCreate(Bundle bundle) {  
  2.     base.OnCreate(bundle);  
  3.     // Set our view from the "main" layout resource   
  4.     SetContentView(Resource.Layout.Main);  
  5.     CheckBox checkbox = FindViewById < CheckBox > (Resource.Id.checkbox);  
  6.     checkbox.Click += (o, e) => {  
  7.         if (checkbox.Checked)  
  8.             Toast.MakeText(this, "Checked", ToastLength.Short).Show();  
  9.         else  
  10.             Toast.MakeText(this, "Un checked", ToastLength.Short).Show();  
  11.     };  
  12. }  
protected override void OnCreate(Bundle bundle) { base.OnCreate(bundle); // Set our view from the "main" layout resource SetContentView(Resource.Layout.Main); CheckBox checkbox = FindViewById < CheckBox /> (Resource.Id.checkbox); checkbox.Click += (o, e) => { if (checkbox.Checked) Toast.MakeText(this, "Checked", ToastLength.Short).Show(); else Toast.MakeText(this, "Un checked", ToastLength.Short).Show(); }; }

Step 10
- If you have Android Virtual Device, you can run the app in that. Otherwise, connect your Android phone to the system, via USB cable and enable USB debugging.

Go to the Visual Studio now. If connected properly, your Android phone will show in the run menu (Ex- LENOVO A6020a40 (Android 5.1-API 22)).
Next, click on the name of connected Android phone. It will run the app in your device.
android phone


In the following image, you can see that the app is running successfully in your device. However, it will take sometime to build the app files and initializing the process. And install app in your phone.

When you check the box, the "Checked" text displays there.


If you un-check the checkbox, the text also changes to "Un checked".


Summary - So, this was the process of creating a Check Box in Xamarin Android app, using Visual Studio 2015 update 3.