One of the very first things any Android PhoneGap developer will run into is setting the appview scale to set the proper view size and prevent “zooming” within your app. The “zoom” could happen if the user taps a text field or pinches the screen. We want the scale set appropriately and zooming disabled.

Open up your main (located in your “src” directory) and compare it with what I have below:

package com.rickluna.myapp;

import com.phonegap.*;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.WindowManager;
import android.webkit.WebSettings;

public class myAppActivity extends DroidGap {
    /** Called when the activity is first created. */
    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

        /* lock scaling in android 2.2 code to be pasted right here */


The fix for this is easy and tested on Android 2.2, Android 2.3.3, and Android 3.1:

        /* lock scaling in android 2.2 */
        WebSettings ws = appView.getSettings();

The thing that you may find good to know is that you can specify the zoom density to whatever you like. I find that MEDIUM and initialScale of “0” gives me something that looks great across Android phones and looks consistent with what happens on iPhones. That being said I have used FAR on one occasion with initialScale set to “100”.

According to the android docs FAR should have an initial scale of “100” and MEDIUM should be “150”, however, according to my testing, you want an initialScale of 0 for MEDIUM. The reason is that in Android 2.3.6 (which many current phones are running such as the popular Samsung Galaxy S2)  the webview zooms in when tapping a text field. To prevent that and get consistent behavior across the range of android versions I have to set the intialScale to “0”, so the final setting is initialscale 0 and ZoomDensity MEDIUM.