Difference between px, dp, dip and sp in Android

  • px is one pixel.
  • sp is scale-independent pixels.
  • dip is Density-independent pixels. enter image description here

You would use

  • sp for font sizes
  • dip for everything else.


Pixels – corresponds to actual pixels on the screen.

Inches – based on the physical size of the screen.
1 Inch = 2.54 centimeters

Millimeters – based on the physical size of the screen.

pt (it depends upon physical size of the screen) Points – 1/72 of an inch based on the physical size of the screen.

This will help you for more understanding.

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Density-independent Pixels – an abstract unit that is based on the physical density of the screen. These units are relative to a 160 dpi screen, so one dp is one pixel on a 160 dpi screen. The ratio of dp-to-pixel will change with the screen density, but not necessarily in direct proportion. Note: The compiler accepts both “dip” and “dp”, though “dp” is more consistent with “sp”.

Scale-independent Pixels – this is like the dp unit, but it is also scaled by the user’s font size preference. It is recommend you use this unit when specifying font sizes, so they will be adjusted for both the screen density and user’s preference.