How to detect when VideoView starts playing (Android)?

Here’s the problem, I want to change play button to pause button when the video stream starts playing in videoview but I don’t know how to detect that event?

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    I ended up using VideoView.setOnPreparedListener. This was enough to cover my problem (play button drawable change to pause)

    There is a great article about MediaPlayer in here –

    You can set infoListener on your VideoView

    setOnInfoListener(new MediaPlayer.OnInfoListener() {
        public boolean onInfo(MediaPlayer mp, int what, int extra) {
            if (what == MediaPlayer.MEDIA_INFO_VIDEO_RENDERING_START) {
                // Here the video starts
                return true;
            return false;

    As far as I know, there is no event sent when video start playing in VideoView, but I can think of two options:

    1. Create a version of VideoView by yourself, that sends event in those cases.
    2. Use MediaController (which is default in VideoView)

    If you want to follow option one – you can get the source of VideoView from here

    accepted answer here is not 100% accurate.

    sometimes onprepared is call 3 seconds before first frame is being rendered. i suggest having a callback on that event (MediaPlayer.MEDIA_INFO_VIDEO_RENDERING_START)

                mMediaPlayer.setOnInfoListener(new MediaPlayer.OnInfoListener() {
                public boolean onInfo(MediaPlayer mediaPlayer, int i, int i1) {
                    if (i == MediaPlayer.MEDIA_INFO_VIDEO_RENDERING_START){
                        //first frame was bufered - do your stuff here
                    return false;

    see media info documantaion for more callbacks of info/warning:

    isPlaying() can be called to test whether the MediaPlayer object is in the Started

    Android MediaPlayer.isPlaying()

    Another way to detect if videoview started is using videoView.getCurrentPosition(). getCurrentPosition() returns 0 if streaming not started.

        protected Runnable playingCheck = new Runnable() {
            public void run() {
                while (true) {
                    if (vw.getCurrentPosition() != 0) {
                        // do what you want when playing started
                    } else {
                        try {
                        } catch (InterruptedException e) {

    Then call:

    new Thread(playingCheck).start();

    Please try this :

    final Handler h = new Handler();
                    h.postDelayed( new Runnable() {
                        public void run() {
                                if (videoView.getCurrentPosition() != 0) {
                                    ((ProgressBar) rootView.findViewById(;
                                } else {
                                    h.postDelayed(this, 250);
                    }, 250);
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