Xamarin Forms: Tappable Label vs Button, Which has better performance?

Azrin Sani 116 Reputation points


I'm trying to optimize my Xamarin Forms app. We are implementing a Collection View with a lot of items.

One of the fundamentals of the collection view itemtemplate is that they will have a few buttons. I'm wondering what is the more performant path? To use buttons or tappable label?


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  1. Azrin Sani 116 Reputation points

    I actually did a lot of tests on various devices from old to new. I can confirm with 100% certainty that having simple labels with gestures is 100% more performant!!

    Buttons take more memory, causes janks, and slower start time.

    This is for Android though, I have yet to test on iOS.

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  1. Cole Xia (Shanghai Wicresoft Co,.Ltd.) 6,751 Reputation points


    Welcome to Microsoft Q&A!

    It's hard to say which has better performance , however I would suggest you take a look at Xamarin Profiler .

    The Xamarin Profiler has a number of instruments available for profiling — Allocations, Cycles, and Time Profiler.

    Profiling helps developers to figure out where most of the time is spent in your application, and how memory is used by your application.

    For first of all , you will need to be a Visual Studio Enterprise subscriber to unlock this feature in either Visual Studio Enterprise on Windows or Visual Studio for Mac on a Mac.

    Best Regards,
    Cole Xia

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