Android PopupWindow elevation does not show shadow

Android Popwindow does not show shadows when the elevation is set. It appears to support it from the documentation. I am using 5.0 Lollipop.

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  • One Solution collect form web for “Android PopupWindow elevation does not show shadow”

    As answered by an Android developer.

    If the inflated view doesn’t have a background set, or the popup
    window itself doesn’t have a background set (or has a transparent
    background) then you won’t get a shadow.

    which was my case and seems to be yours, since you are not using setBackgroundDrawable.

    This worked for me

    popupWindow.setBackgroundDrawable(new ColorDrawable(Color.WHITE));

    I’ve opened a new issue suggesting that they update the documentation (

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