Deprecated accompanist Modifier.placeholder(..) shimmer loading solution

Rohail Ahmad
2 min readNov 22, 2023

Accompanist is a group of libraries that aim to supplement Jetpack Compose with features that are commonly required by developers but not yet officially supported in Jetpack Compose AndroidX libraries.

Accompanist has deprecated the following libraries, with no replacement:

System UI Controller

Material/AppCompat Theme Adapters

Pager Indicators



Placeholder is what we use for shimmer effect loading in Jetpack compose. This is now deprecated.

It is very simple to fork their library and add customizations according to your needs.

A very simple extension method example is this:

You can then use shimmer or fade effect (or add your custom effect)


To use shimmer or more specifically lerp(..) you need to add a compose ui-util dependency:

compose-ui-util = { module = "androidx.compose.ui:ui-util" }



Usage is quite simple, you only have to use Modifier.placeholder(isLoading = true, showShimmerAnimation = true/false) which will enable loading shimmer/fade:

Text(modifier = Modifier.placeholder(isLoading = true), text = "Follow me")

Hopefully, you get the idea and now is the time for you to explore a sample project on my Github: link

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Rohail Ahmad

Android Engineer with @kivrasweden formerly @Eliq & @Inov8