Android: how can i tell if the soft keyboard is showing or not?

Determining if the keyboard is showing is not possible apparently.

You might want to disable it alltogether with the windowSoftInputMode xml tag in your manifest: Or you can have a look on how to remove focus to hide the keyboard: Hide soft keyboard on activity without any keyboard operations.

Neither will exactly solve your problem. I remember reading a blogpost strongly advising not to use tabs at the bottom, rather than the top of the screen, for UI clarity reasons. I recommend you to follow up on that.

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