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On Android the soft keyboard does not open when the first page opened in an app contains an Entry control for which focus has been set.
On Android (works in iOS and UWP) using the below app when the "passcode" page is first opened when the app starts the soft keyboard does not open. But when the same page is opened later on in the app the soft keyboard does appear.
I have tried this in both the latest stable release (188.8.131.52) and the latest pre-release (184.108.40.206-pre1) and neither works properly.
class SamplePasscodePage : ContentPage
private readonly Entry _passcodeEntry;
public SamplePasscodePage(Action openAnotherPage)
_passcodeEntry = new Entry
Keyboard = Keyboard.Numeric,
IsPassword = true,
VerticalOptions = LayoutOptions.Start,
HorizontalOptions = LayoutOptions.Fill,
var button = new Button
Text = "Open Another Page",
Command = new Command(openAnotherPage)
Content = new StackLayout
protected override void OnAppearing()
protected override void OnDisappearing()
public class App : Application
private void OpenPasscodePage()
MainPage = new SamplePasscodePage(OpenAnotherPage);
private void OpenAnotherPage()
MainPage = new ContentPage
Content = new Button
Text = "Open Passcode Page Again",
Command = new Command(OpenPasscodePage),
VerticalOptions = LayoutOptions.Center,
HorizontalOptions = LayoutOptions.Center
Probably another symptom of the same bug - on Android with the focus on an Entry and the soft keyboard visible, tap the Task Switcher (a.k.a. Overview) button to show the carousel of running apps. Tap the same app to return to it. The page will be displayed again, the focus will still be on the Entry, but the soft keyboard is now hidden even though focus in on an Entry.
(problem exists in XF 2.3.4)
God damn it... I'm just fighting with this issue - I need to focus entry on page start, and it's working fine, for all pages, except first navigation stack page, where the focus is just beeing ommited. Actually there is something done behind, because it's needed to tap Android *back* button two times, to leave the app, when the focus is being requested, and only one *back* button tap, where there wasn't requested focus.
However there is no keyboard appeared. I've also tried to write platform specific service, to "force" keyboard show, but it's also not working.
No iOS there is no issue - no matter, if we are requesting focus on page start (no matter, if it's first navigation stack page, second, third etc.). Issue exist only on Android for first page.
Any plan for fix this issue in some of next release? For me it's still not fixed in latest pre release *220.127.116.119-pre2*.
ANYONE!? After 4 months, there is still no answer/update/fix?
At *18.104.22.168203* it's still not working, without such "hacky" and "shtty" workarounds - https://forums.xamarin.com/discussion/100354/entry-focus-not-working-for-android
I've just opened github issue for that - https://github.com/xamarin/Xamarin.Forms/issues/2094
Please follow the GitHub issue for updates. Thanks!