Anomaly Changing colors in .NET MAUI Android Release publication

Stephen Hustedde 21 Reputation points

I was creating a game in .NET MAUI (Visual Studio 2022 version 17.3.5) in which I call a method to cycle through a collection of buttons to change colors based on the Text of the button. Works great in Debug mode. But once published as an APK file, the method does not function correctly. I’ve replicated the problem with a simple project:



          <Label x:Name ="lblOutput"   
              	Text="Test of MAUI differnece in Debug v. Release"  
              	FontSize="18” HorizontalOptions="Center" />  
    <HorizontalStackLayout HorizontalOptions="Center">  
    <Button x:Name="btn1" FontSize="Medium" Margin="10" Text="A"   
                  Clicked="ProcessInput" FontAttributes="Bold" BackgroundColor="Black"/>  
    <Button x:Name="btn2" FontSize="Medium" Margin="10" Text="B"   
                  Clicked="ProcessInput" FontAttributes="Bold" BackgroundColor="Black"/>			<Button x:Name="btn3" FontSize="Medium" Margin="10" Text="C"   
                  Clicked="ProcessInput" FontAttributes="Bold" BackgroundColor="Black"/>  
                 <Button x:Name="btn4" FontSize="Medium" Margin="10" Text="D"   
                  Clicked="ProcessInput" FontAttributes="Bold" BackgroundColor="Black"/>  
                 <Button x:Name="btn5" FontSize="Medium" Margin="10" Text="E"   
                  Clicked="ProcessInput" FontAttributes="Bold" BackgroundColor="Black"/>  


	private void ProcessInput(object sender, EventArgs e)  
		Button temp = sender as Button;  
		char choice = temp.Text[0];  
        lblOutput.Text = "You chose " + choice.ToString();  
        char correctChoice= 'D';  
        if (choice == correctChoice)  
            HighlightAnswer(choice, Colors.Green);  
        } else {  
            HighlightAnswer(choice, Colors.Red);  
    private void HighlightAnswer(char letter, Color c)  
        Button[ ] myButtons = { btn1, btn2, btn3, btn4, btn5 };  
        foreach (Button b in myButtons)  
            if (Char.Parse(b.Text) == letter)  
                b.BackgroundColor = c;  // RELEASE ERROR - this works in Debug config but not in Release config  
                ShowDebugMessage("Color should have been changed for Button " + b.Text);  
    async void ShowDebugMessage(string prompt)  
        await App.Current.MainPage.DisplayAlert("DEBUG MESSAGE", prompt, "Okay");  


The ShowDebugMessage call reveals that the conditional code is executing, but the color is not changing in the Release. I tried hard coding the color to “Colors.Blue instead of c. No change.

Is this just a .NET MAUI bug? Is there a suggested work around for changing colors of a view programmatically in a condition? I also tried FromARGB( ).


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  1. Leon Lu (Shanghai Wicresoft Co,.Ltd.) 58,256 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    Is this just a .NET MAUI bug? Is there a suggested work around for changing colors of a view programmatically in a condition? I also tried FromARGB( ).

    Yes, I find a similar issue in the github:Button BackgroundColor does not change with IsEnabled State on Release to Device Only.

    Here is a workaround: Use the Background property instead of BackgroundColor. Such as b.Background = c; in your code.

    Best Regards,

    Leon Lu

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