Recipes | Android Universal Social Recipes App Template

Recipes | Android Universal Social Recipes App Template

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Both iOS and Android versions can share the same Parse database on

22 Apr 2022
• Upgraded to Android 12
• All libraries updated
• Gradle updated
• File provider issue fixed
• Camera crash fixed
• Manifest issue fixed
• Firebase updated
• Added notification channel to support api 26+ devices
• Admob crash fixed
• Apk updated
22 June 2020
• Full app files updated to AndroidX.
• Gradle updated.
• Documentation updated.
24 Apr 2020
•    FCM firebase cloud messaging implemented. Libraries updated. Documentation updated.
6 Sep 2019
•    Fixed issue of Login with Facebook.  
•    Fixed issue “Compatibility Issue with Facebook SDK 4.38.0”  so we have downgrade Facebook SDK to “4.37.0” still using the old constructor, so using that version fixes this particular issue.
6 August 2019
• Fixed the crash issue on Recipes Main screen while scrolling.
• Recipes screen layout improved by using recycler View, previously list view was implemented 
• Improved Recipes List item screen design by using recycler View Layout grid view property, and Card View and alignments. 
• Upgraded by Add animations while loading of Recipes List item
• Fixed the bug on “Recipes listing screen” on the comment icon. 
• Add Shared Element Transitions in Recycler view to Activity for enhancement of better user experience.
• Recipes details screen improved with better alignment and card View. 
• Add Recipes screen improved with Spinner and card View. 
• Updated account/ Edit Profile screen UI
• Upgraded Shopping and Comments list screen UI.
• List screen and applied recycler view.
• Fixed Back Stack issue on the application 
• Applied Camel Notation in Edit Text Fields Hints
8 January 2019
• Centralised string resources to strings.xml file
25 May 2018
• Accordingly to the new EU GDPR terms, I've updated the 'tou.html' file and Documentation.
IMPORTANT: This means that if a User asks for his/her Account deletion, you must do it within 24 hours, as the GDPR's "Right to be forgotten" Article states (LINK:
8 May 2018
• Changed Parse version in build.gradle into 1.16.0, due to some issue on the latest Parse SDK and FCM:
    implementation 'com.parse:parse-android:1.16.0'

• Edited 'getUserDetailsFromFB()' method in, this line of code:
    } else { currUser.put(Configs.USER_EMAIL,  facebookID + ""); }
17 April 2018
• Added new Firebase dependencies in build.gradle(Module:app)
• Removed the '' implementation and updated all dependencies to the required ones only
• Added the 'google-services' classpath in the dependencies{} list in build.gradle(Project:)
classpath ''

• Added this Permission into Manifest.xml:
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED" />

• Updated the Documentation (connect your App to Firebase for FCM)
15 April 2018
• Updated to Android Studio 3.1.1
• Removed all dependencies of play-services | left only this one in build.gradle:
     implementation ''
11 April 2018
• Updated to Android Studio 3.1
• Updated 'compileSdkVersion' and  'targetSdkVersion' to 27 in build.gradle
• Replaced 'compile' with 'implementation' in build.gradle (Module: app)
• Updated classpath '' in build.gradle (Project:)
Mar 25th 2018
• Updated targetSdkVersion to 27 in build.gradle
Jan 20th 2018
• Added this line in the dependencies list of build.gradle (Module: app):
    compile 'com.squareup.okhttp3:okhttp:+'
Nov 2nd 2017
• Updated to Android Studio 3 and buildToolsVersion to '26.0.2'
Oct 6th 2017
• Added some lines of code into signupButt method in that save a default avatar in the User class 
• Added a custom 'pd.xml' file in the 'layout' folder and some code into ('showPD()'  and 'hidePD()' methods), which are used to replace the ProgressDialog code in the java files (that's because ProgressDialog is deprecated by API 26 | Android O)
So I've replaced all the:

with the new lines of code to show and hide the custom ProgressDialog, which start with:
Aug 27th 2017
• Updated buildToolsVersion to '26.0.1' in build.gradle (Module:app)
• Added this line into 'repositories' in build.gradle (Project:):
        maven { url "" }
Aug 5th 2017
1. Added the following lines into
     public static String RECIPES_COMMENTS = "comments";
     public static String COMMENTS_CLASS_NAME = "Comments";
     public static String COMMENTS_RECIPE_POINTER = "recipePointer";
     public static String COMMENTS_USER_POINTER = "userPointer";
     public static String COMMENTS_COMMENT = "comment";
2. Added a Comment ImageView and its TextView in the cell_recipe.xml
3. Added a Comment button in recipe_details.xml and and, with its relative code to open the Comments Activity
4. Edited the 'queryRecipes()' method in and
4. Added method in to round large numbers into K or M
5. Added, of course, a file and its relative comments.xml file
6. Edited the likeButt() code in,, and, in order to show the abbreviated format of the number
7. Added this line in Manifest.xml:
        <activity android:name=".Comments"/>

Recipes is a Universal App template where you can post your own recipes in details, attach a video from YouTube and get involved in a funny community.
You can also browse recipes from other users, see their profiles, share their and your recipes to popular social networks, build a Shopping list of ingredients with a single tap (useful to go to the market and check the items you’ve bought), filter recipes by category or text search.

Since its backend is by Parse you don’t have to buy any domain/hosting, there are NO PHP files to upload to a web server so you’ll save some money for server side.

Recipes is a native Android Studio project, Universal, super easy to customize, html, Parse SDK hosted on

About Parse SDK and back4app

Read this article for more info about back4app and Parse SDK:

Can I host Parse Server on my own server?

Yes, although I don’t provide support for the setup process, you can read the official Guide here:

What about free support for this template?

I can offer free support for bugs encountered in the original code. Instead, if you’ve edited the code and messed something up with it, I may apply some fee to fix it either via TeamViewer or by checking your app project files directly on my computer.

How do I rename the app’s package name?

Read this tutorial to learn how to rename a package name:

Should I use the latest version of Android Studio to edit this template?

Yes, I always update my apps to the latest version of the IDE and you also should make sure you’ve updated the Android Tools to their latest version by the Android SDK manager.

The demo APK crashes on startup

Make sure that the minimum Android version of your device is the one listed in the FEATURES section below. If the problem persists, please contact me by my profile’s contact form and send me the Logcat message of you get when the app crashes along with the steps you made to reproduce the crash. Please note that not all real devices print an error Logcat message, in this case just run the APK into the Android Studio’s emulator and you’ll surely get the red messages about your issue.

How do I remove AdMob banner ads?

  1. Enter the .xml files where there’s an AdView and remove its code:
  2. Enter the .java files where there’s an AdRequest instance into its onCreate() method and remove its code:
            // Init AdMob banner
            AdView mAdView = (AdView) findViewById(;
            AdRequest adRequest = new AdRequest.Builder().build();
  3. Lastly, remove the play-services-ads reference in the build.gradle file:
        compile ''

  • Android Studio 3.x project – Universal – Android 5.0+
  • AdMob banners
  • Easily post your recipes, like and save ones from other users, edit/delete your own ones
  • Push Notifications for liked recipes
  • Comment on recipes
  • Report inappropriate recipes and/or offensive users
  • PDF User Guide included
  • PSD graphics included
  • Easy to customize, well commented code

  • Apple Mac or Windows PC with their latest OS version installed
  • The latest version of Android Studio and some knowledge about its UI interface
  • Photoshop or any other image editor software
  • A valid Google Developer account to submit apps to the Play Store and generate Sender ID and Client Key for Push Notifications
  • A free account on


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