Reloading an activity in Android
13-July-2011
2 minutes read

More often i wanted to reload an activity to refresh the contents of an page. I have seen many ways to do this in Android world and i always puzzled about the best approach.

However these are some of the approaches that i took . I found the following two approaches a lot cleaner as they kill the existing intent and restart.

Approach 1:

Intent intent = getIntent(); finish(); startActivity(intent);

Approach 2:

Intent intent = getIntent(); overridePendingTransition(0, 0); intent.addFlags(Intent.FLAG\_ACTIVITY\_NO\_ANIMATION); finish(); overridePendingTransition(0, 0); startActivity(intent);

Note: The second approach works only from API 5+

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Prasanna is a full stack web developer, with exposure to various programming languages. Uses mostly Java, Javascript these days and got ~13 years of architecting and coding enterprise software solutions.