How to make ListView super fast

This might be the most asked question. How a listview can be made faster/smoother is really all about optimizations of the code.

You should probably always use a Holder class not to findViewById in every getView call. According to a google IO thingy, this would slightly increase the performance of your ListView.

Of course, do not forget to use the logic: if(convertView == null) then (convertView = new InflatedView). Then intialise everything in convertView... bla bla bla.

However, today I got a +1 on one of my answers on stackoverflow. I gave away a small hack.
public long getItemViewType(int position) {
     return position;
public long getViewTypeCount(int position) {
     return getCount();
public View getView(int position, View convertView, ViewGroup arg2) {
    if (convertView == null) {
        //inflate your convertView and set everything
    //do not do anything just return the convertView
    return convertView;

I found out that I had a small typo: I fixed that. Anyway, I would like to give this away and it would really be nice to tell me if this does not work with you.
The hack is simple: I give each view its own view type, and, therefore, I force the ListView to do the whole caching on its own.


  1. this is shushCrappy code. :p

    1. I think I know who is this shushpicious body that commented.