SwipeRefreshLayout interferes with ScrollView in a ViewPager

Google resolve this issue with an example posted on the google-sample github projet.

Create a view that extends the original SwipeRefreshLayout :

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package com.example.android.swiperefreshmultipleviews;

import android.content.Context;
import android.support.v4.view.ViewCompat;
import android.support.v4.widget.SwipeRefreshLayout;
import android.util.AttributeSet;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.AbsListView;

 * A descendant of {@link android.support.v4.widget.SwipeRefreshLayout} which supports multiple
 * child views triggering a refresh gesture. You set the views which can trigger the gesture via
 * {@link #setSwipeableChildren(int...)}, providing it the child ids.
public class MultiSwipeRefreshLayout extends SwipeRefreshLayout {

    private View[] mSwipeableChildren;

    public MultiSwipeRefreshLayout(Context context) {

    public MultiSwipeRefreshLayout(Context context, AttributeSet attrs) {
        super(context, attrs);

     * Set the children which can trigger a refresh by swiping down when they are visible. These
     * views need to be a descendant of this view.
    public void setSwipeableChildren(final int... ids) {
        assert ids != null;

        // Iterate through the ids and find the Views
        mSwipeableChildren = new View[ids.length];
        for (int i = 0; i < ids.length; i++) {
            mSwipeableChildren[i] = findViewById(ids[i]);

    // BEGIN_INCLUDE(can_child_scroll_up)
     * This method controls when the swipe-to-refresh gesture is triggered. By returning false here
     * we are signifying that the view is in a state where a refresh gesture can start.
     * <p>As {@link android.support.v4.widget.SwipeRefreshLayout} only supports one direct child by
     * default, we need to manually iterate through our swipeable children to see if any are in a
     * state to trigger the gesture. If so we return false to start the gesture.
    public boolean canChildScrollUp() {
        if (mSwipeableChildren != null && mSwipeableChildren.length > 0) {
            // Iterate through the scrollable children and check if any of them can not scroll up
            for (View view : mSwipeableChildren) {
                if (view != null && view.isShown() && !canViewScrollUp(view)) {
                    // If the view is shown, and can not scroll upwards, return false and start the
                    // gesture.
                    return false;
        return true;
    // END_INCLUDE(can_child_scroll_up)

    // BEGIN_INCLUDE(can_view_scroll_up)
     * Utility method to check whether a {@link View} can scroll up from it's current position.
     * Handles platform version differences, providing backwards compatible functionality where
     * needed.
    private static boolean canViewScrollUp(View view) {
        if (android.os.Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= 14) {
            // For ICS and above we can call canScrollVertically() to determine this
            return ViewCompat.canScrollVertically(view, -1);
        } else {
            if (view instanceof AbsListView) {
                // Pre-ICS we need to manually check the first visible item and the child view's top
                // value
                final AbsListView listView = (AbsListView) view;
                return listView.getChildCount() > 0 &&
                        (listView.getFirstVisiblePosition() > 0
                                || listView.getChildAt(0).getTop() < listView.getPaddingTop());
            } else {
                // For all other view types we just check the getScrollY() value
                return view.getScrollY() > 0;
    // END_INCLUDE(can_view_scroll_up)

Use this view in your xml layout :


    <!-- your code -->


And in your activity or fragment, you can use this component with :

mSwipeRefreshLayout = (MultiSwipeRefreshLayout) view.findViewById(R.id.swiperefresh);
mSwipeRefreshLayout.setSwipeableChildren(android.R.id.list, android.R.id.empty);

android.R.id.list and android.R.id.empty is the ids for your list or recycler view. The view work perfectly with two list with same ids.

You can see real example at the google-sample github project.

Replace your ScrollView with a NestedScrollView the scrolling behavior will work as you expect it to.

I solved the problem. I created SwipeRefreshLayout like this:

public class MenuSwipeRefreshLayout: SwipeRefreshLayout {

    public var target: View? = null

    constructor(ctx: Context): super(ctx)
    constructor(ctx: Context, attr: AttributeSet): super(ctx, attr)

    override fun canChildScrollUp(): Boolean {
        return target?.canScrollVertically(-1) ?: super.canChildScrollUp()

and I set the target to the visible ScrollView every time the ViewPager changes views.

BTW that's Kotlin, not Java.