Reaz Murshed Reaz Murshed - 2 months ago 4x
Android Question

Frequent queries on android contacts returns null

I'm using the following code segment to get phone numbers of a contact by contact ID

private static ArrayList<PhoneName> getPhonesFromID(Context context,
String contactID, String column) {
// Run query
Uri uri = ContactsContract.CommonDataKinds.Phone.CONTENT_URI;
String[] projection = new String[] {
ContactsContract.CommonDataKinds.Phone.TYPE };
String selection = column + " = '" + contactID + "'";
String[] selectionArgs = null;
String sortOrder = ContactsContract.CommonDataKinds.Phone.NUMBER

Cursor cursor = context.getContentResolver().query(uri, projection,
selection, selectionArgs, sortOrder);

if (cursor == null)
return null;

int numberIndex = cursor
int nameIndex = cursor
int typeIndex = cursor
int favIndex = cursor

ArrayList<PhoneName> phones = new ArrayList<PhoneName>();
while (cursor.moveToNext()) {
PhoneName pn = new PhoneName(); = cursor.getString(nameIndex);
pn.number = cursor.getString(numberIndex);
pn.starred = cursor.getString(favIndex);
pn.state = DataHelper.getInstance(context)
Log.d("Number", pn.number);
int type = cursor.getInt(typeIndex);
if (type == ContactsContract.CommonDataKinds.Phone.TYPE_HOME) {
pn.type = "Home";
} else if (type == ContactsContract.CommonDataKinds.Phone.TYPE_MOBILE) {
pn.type = "Mobile";
} else if (type == ContactsContract.CommonDataKinds.Phone.TYPE_WORK) {
pn.type = "work";
} else {
pn.type = "other";

return phones;

Here's PhoneName is my self-defined class to store contact information of that specific contact. This function is called like:

getPhonesFromID(context, _id,

I'm getting the contact information correctly but here's the problem, sometimes this function returns null when I make frequent queries. When this problem occurs, default people application of my android don't show any contact too. All contacts are like vanished. Then if I close my application and restart then it shows all contacts like before. Then again when I go to the contact details of a contact from my application it works fine several times and then all contacts are gone again.
This is a weird problem and I don't know actually what is happening here. I double checked my queries and couldn't figure out what's wrong in here.


Finally, this problem got solved.

Like I said, my application is like Phonebook and I had to show a favourite icon for each contact in the list which is my favourite contact. In my case, I had a function like isFavourite() to determine if a contact is in my favourite list or not and this is called in every single time when a contact row is loading.

Each time I open a cursor to get the query result and it was found that the cursor was not closed anywhere. So basically, closing the cursor properly solved the problem! Cheers!