How to change foreground & background colors in a webview.


At times we need to change the font or background color of the webview in Android to make it more readable or to conform to a design of your app. This post will show how simple it can be for an android app builder to almost. The latter is more simple as webview provides an API :

setBackgroundColor (int color)

What one must note is if the HTML contains a value for the background it will override the color we set. The same is true for the foreground color too.

For the foreground color we make use of CSS to set the color and add it to the content we want to display in a div element wrapping the html we need to display. Here is the sample code

private final String htmlbegin = "<div style=\"color:#FFFFFF ;  \">";
private final String htmlend = " </div>";
private final String htmlBody = "<p>Summary</p>"
	+ "<p>Strong text</strong> Somemore text"
	+ "and the final line</p>";
WebView body;

public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

	body = (WebView) findViewById(;

	// body.setDef
	body.loadDataWithBaseURL("", htmlbegin + htmlBody + htmlend,
		"text/html", "utf-8", "");

As I stated before any css inside the html will override our css settings.

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    April 28, 2011

    i phone applications are very hard to create, thanks for sharing this code.

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