Well, its been a long time that i had to find a workaround for Android Automation. I cannot say that I missed it :)
You can find the tl:dr version here : https://discuss.appium.io/t/python-client-pre-filled-inputboxes-set-value-returns-not-yet-implemented-but-it-seems-that-it-is-implemented/483
The current situation with Appium is that there are certain problems while dealing with Prefilled inputboxes.If you are using let's say Appium Java Client, than you can probably do a clear() call for that WebElement and than send keys to it.
Or the direct approach with set_value works for almost all cases.
But! For Python Client it's unfortunately not the same, When you try to do a clear() call on a prefilled inputbox, you will receive a 500 response from Appium server. And if you try to send_keys to it it will append your keystrokes to the current pre-filled text.
And it seems set_value function is not implemented yet.
So in this current situation, i found the following workaround which is FAR FROM BEING OPTIMIZED, but it works :)
For this solution please take this android native keycode table as a reference:
def test_case_x(self): '''Just an example created for this''' sleep(0.5) email_input_field = self.driver.find_element_by_accessibility_id('Email Input Field') # Assume that this field is with the prefilled text # You want to input lets say 'email@example.com' # Decode this string in android native keycode using the link i gave above # you will get the following list below: list_of_email_keycodes = [29, 29, 29, 77, 29, 29, 29, 56, 31, 43, 41] # Focus the field by clicking it # Than just loop in the list and send keycodes email_input_field.click() for code in list_of_email_keycodes: self.driver.press_keycode(code)
Its really time consuming this way of solving the problem.
But its a solution nonetheless.
Take Care !