Setting Android Toolbar Background and Text Colors in Android Studio 1.4.1

I’m trying to change activity action bar’s background color and title color, i tried official tutorial and some answers from here but none worked for me , i’m missing something.


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  • <!-- Base application theme. -->
    <style name="AppTheme" parent="Theme.AppCompat.Light.DarkActionBar">
        <!-- Customize your theme here. -->
        <item name="colorPrimary">@color/colorPrimary</item>
        <item name="colorPrimaryDark">@color/colorPrimaryDark</item>
        <item name="colorAccent">@color/colorAccent</item>
    <style name="AppTheme.NoActionBar">
        <item name="windowActionBar">false</item>
        <item name="windowNoTitle">true</item>
    <style name="AppTheme.AppBarOverlay" parent="ThemeOverlay.AppCompat.Dark.ActionBar" />
    <style name="AppTheme.PopupOverlay" parent="ThemeOverlay.AppCompat.Light" />

    styles.xml (v21)

    <style name="AppTheme.NoActionBar">
        <item name="windowActionBar">false</item>
        <item name="windowNoTitle">true</item>
        <item name="android:windowDrawsSystemBarBackgrounds">true</item>
        <item name="android:statusBarColor">@android:color/transparent</item>

    MainActivity :

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
        xmlns:tools="" android:layout_width="match_parent"
        android:layout_height="match_parent" android:fitsSystemWindows="true"
        < android:layout_height="wrap_content"
            android:layout_width="match_parent" android:theme="@style/AppTheme.AppBarOverlay">
            < android:id="@+id/toolbar"
                android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="?attr/actionBarSize"
                android:background="?attr/colorPrimary" app:popupTheme="@style/AppTheme.PopupOverlay" />
        <include layout="@layout/content_main" />
        < android:id="@+id/fab"
            android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content"
            android:layout_gravity="bottom|end" android:layout_margin="@dimen/fab_margin"
            android:src="@android:drawable/ic_dialog_email" />

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  • One Solution collect form web for “Setting Android Toolbar Background and Text Colors in Android Studio 1.4.1”

    So, if like me you are using Android Studio 1.4.1 and you are new to android programming, setting title and background colors can be done as follow :

    Background:(check colors.xml with this generated code for BlanckActivity)

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
        <color name="colorPrimary">#3F51B5</color><!--Background color for AppBar-->
        <color name="colorPrimaryDark">#303F9F</color><!--i ignore its use-->
        <color name="colorAccent">#FF4081</color><!--color effects, EditText, RadioButtons...-->

    Title,Subtitle and popup menu and its items (check “styles.xml”) :

    <style name="AppTheme.AppBarOverlay" parent="ThemeOverlay.AppCompat.Dark.ActionBar">
            <item name="android:textColorPrimary">TITLE_COLOR_GOES_HERE</item>
            <item name="android:textColorSecondary">SUBTITLE_COLOR_GOES_HERE</item>
    <style name="AppTheme.PopupOverlay" parent="ThemeOverlay.AppCompat.Light">
            <item name="android:colorBackground">MENU_POPUP_BACK_COLOR</item>
            <item name="android:textColor">@color/MENU_POPUP_ITEMS_COLOR</item>

    Main Colors for an Activity

    I hope this can help someone who like me is confused in first steps provided with official android tutorials.

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