Important: This article includes code examples that do not include the api key and scheme IDs required to successfully install the SDK. A Pendo admin in your subscription can access these unique IDs in App Details under Subscription Settings or in Install Settings in App Details.
Pendo captures product usage data, user feedback, and lets you communicate in-app to onboard, educate, and guide users to value. Pendo tagging and guides are codeless, no engineering resources are required. However, we need engineers to install the SDK and initialize Pendo in your app. Information about Pendo and the general installation process is available in the Installation Planning article. With preparation, the technical installation of the Pendo SDK is straightforward.
The SDK is the only technical piece of the initial Pendo installation. Once the SDK is properly installed anyone can use Pendo. The SDK tracks a visitor’s activity in your app, loads guides, and captures session metadata. Additional development may be done later to optimize and expand the use of Pendo for mobile, like track events. The SDK in your mobile app also needs to be updated when we release new versions to use the latest Pendo features.
Pendo has integrations with other popular CRM, analytics, and collaboration tools. The scope of integrations ranges from native integrations with a codeless installation wizard to custom development and will not be covered in this article. Check our Integrations articles for help with our popular integrations or reach out to a Pendo representative for help with integrations in your subscription after completing the SDK install.
Install Pendo Xamarin Android SDK
The SDK package is installed using Visual Studio's Solution Explorer. Open your Android app in Solution Explorer and follow the instructions to install the SDK. Update the repositories and manifest file in your app. Verify that your app meets all version requirements. When this is complete, you need to setup and initialize Pendo to identify the user, collect data, and load guides.
Add SDK Package
1. Right-click on your Android project target.
2. Click "Add" and "Add NuGet Packages…".
3. Search for "pendo-sdk-androidx" if your application is using AndroidX. If not, search for "pendo-sdk-android".
4. Click "Add Package".
If the application is using AndroidX, you need to add the following dependencies
- Xamarin.AndroidX.ExifInterface - Version 126.96.36.199 or greater
- Xamarin.AndroidX.Legacy.Support.V13 - Version 188.8.131.52 or greater
Update Android.manifest File
In the application
1. Add the following
<uses-permission> to the manifest in the
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" /> <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE"/>
2. Set your app to compile with compileSdkVersion 29 or greater and minSdkVersion 21 or greater.
Pendo Setup and Initialization
The SDK initialization has two parts, importing the SDK and initializing the SDK when the visitor is identified. The Pendo SDK is imported during application
onCreate. The initialization call can occur in any activity where you want to identify the current visitor and the start a session.
Pendo must be initialized to identify the user, begin data collection, and display guide content. The SDK can be initialized when the visitor is authenticated and metadata is known or with an anonymous visitor. Initialization can occur when the application starts, later when the visitor is identified, or any time you need to identify the current visitor and start a new session.
Identified visitors use a defined schema to create visitor and account objects with associated metadata in Pendo. Refer to the article on Visitor and Account Metadata for additional information on how this data is defined and used in Pendo. Passing
"" as the
visitorId will generate an anonymous visitor ID.
- visitorId - String containing a unique User ID (e.g. "user-SFGH-56gh"), this ID should match the visitor ID for any other Pendo web or mobile apps
- accountId - String containing unique Account ID, affiliation of the visitor to a specific company or group (e.g. Acme Inc), this ID should match the visitor ID for any other Pendo web or mobile apps
- visitorData - Visitor metadata (e.g email, phone, country, etc.)
- accountData - Account metadata (e.g tier, level, ARR, etc)
1. Setup Pendo In Application Class
Add the following code in the
onCreate method in the application class.
setup is settings up the SDK and initializing it.
using static Sdk.Pendo.IO.Pendo;
const string pendoAppKey = "YOUR-API-KEY";
Setup(this, pendoAppKey, null);
2. Initialize Pendo In The Activity/Fragment Where Your Visitor Is Identified
Pendo.startSession starts a new session, begins data collection, and loads guides with the provided metadata. This can identify an authenticated user or generate a random visitor ID for an anonymous visitor. Calling
pendo.startSession again ends the current session and starts a new session, begins data collection, and loads guides using the new visitor metadata that is passed through.
Add the following code to initialize Pendo and identify the current visitor.
startSession can be used at any time to update the current visitor, must be called after SDK is initialized.
Setup Device Connection
To allow tagging your application with Pendo and testing guides, Add the activity with your scheme ID in
1. Open The Application
2. Add the following <activity> to the manifest in the <application> tag.
<activity android:name="sdk.pendo.io.activities.PendoGateActivity" android:launchMode="singleInstance">
- Your scheme ID and app key are in App Details in Subscription Settings
If you’re using proguard-android-optimize.txt, add the following in the optimizations code line.
Your optimizations line should look like this.
-optimizations *other optimizations*,!code/allocation/variable
Verifying your Installation
1. Using Android Studio, run the app and search in the device log for
Pendo SDK was successfully integrated and connected to the server.
2. Confirm that you can see your app under subscription settings marked as Integrated.
Pendo Android API Documentation contains additional technical information for configuring the Pendo SDK in the your application.
Review the latest Pendo Mobile SDK release notes for any compatibility issues.
If you are encountering Dex problems, please refer to the follow articles.