Empty States

Empty states are displayed when your app can’t show its regular content. An empty list is what a user sees when no alarms are set, a gallery after all photos have been deleted, or an empty device list when the watch can’t find any Bluetooth device to connect to. To avoid completely blank screens, provide a simple image and text even when there is no content to show.

Basic empty states

Basic empty states display a non-interactive image and a tagline.

Empty states display an image and a tagline that explain the page’s current state.

  • Non-interactive images

    An empty-state image should look good against the background. We recommend you use your app icon or an image that represents your brand identity.

  • Tagline

    Present empty states with a short amount of text that describes the current status of a page. It can either explain that the app doesn’t have any content to display or that the user doesn’t have any content for the app.

Adding items on empty states

Users can add content to empty states when there is no content to display. Any action must be initiated by tapping the empty state image.

  • Interactive image

    Use a button-type icon so users can add content. We recommened using images that can suggest adding content (such as a + sign).

    Empty states can include a button-type icon to add more content.

  • Tagline

    Provide short text to inform users on if and how they can add content.

TipTitle bars for empty states are provided only for apps, not for widgets.