Can we have uneditable text in edittext

I am using an EditText. Is it possible to have a part of text uneditable and the rest editable in the same EditText?

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    You could use




    although disabling the EditText does currently not ignore input from the on-screen keyboard (I think that’s a bug).

    Depending on the application it might be better to use an InputFilter that rejects all changes:

    editText.setFilters(new InputFilter[] {
        new InputFilter() {
            public CharSequence filter(CharSequence src, int start,
                int end, Spanned dst, int dstart, int dend) {
                return src.length() < 1 ? dst.subSequence(dstart, dend) : "";

    Also see this question.

    You can implement a TextChangedListener where you make sure those parts of your text wont get deleted/overwritten.

    class TextChangedListener implements TextWatcher {
        public void afterTextChanged(Editable s) {
        public void beforeTextChanged(CharSequence s, int start, int count, int after) {}
        public void onTextChanged(CharSequence s, int start, int before, int count) {}

        TextChangedListener tcl = new TextChangedListener();
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