Felix Felix - 3 months ago 38
Android Question

Android: ProgressDialog.show() crashes with getApplicationContext

I can't seem to grasp why this is happening. This code:

mProgressDialog = ProgressDialog.show(this, "", getString(R.string.loading), true);

works just fine. However, this code:

mProgressDialog = ProgressDialog.show(getApplicationContext(), "", getString(R.string.loading), true);

throws the following exception:

W/WindowManager( 569): Attempted to add window with non-application token WindowToken{438bee58 token=null}. Aborting.
D/AndroidRuntime( 2049): Shutting down VM
W/dalvikvm( 2049): threadid=3: thread exiting with uncaught exception (group=0x4001aa28)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): Uncaught handler: thread main exiting due to uncaught exception
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): java.lang.RuntimeException: Unable to start activity ComponentInfo{com.tastekid.TasteKid/com.tastekid.TasteKid.YouTube}: android.view.WindowManager$BadTokenException: Unable to add window -- token null is not for an application
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): at android.app.ActivityThread.performLaunchActivity(ActivityThread.java:2401)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): at android.app.ActivityThread.handleLaunchActivity(ActivityThread.java:2417)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): at android.app.ActivityThread.access$2100(ActivityThread.java:116)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): at android.app.ActivityThread$H.handleMessage(ActivityThread.java:1794)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): at android.os.Handler.dispatchMessage(Handler.java:99)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): at android.os.Looper.loop(Looper.java:123)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): at android.app.ActivityThread.main(ActivityThread.java:4203)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): at java.lang.reflect.Method.invokeNative(Native Method)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:521)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): at com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit$MethodAndArgsCaller.run(ZygoteInit.java:791)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): at com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit.main(ZygoteInit.java:549)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): at dalvik.system.NativeStart.main(Native Method)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): Caused by: android.view.WindowManager$BadTokenException: Unable to add window -- token null is not for an application
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): at android.view.ViewRoot.setView(ViewRoot.java:460)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): at android.view.WindowManagerImpl.addView(WindowManagerImpl.java:177)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): at android.view.WindowManagerImpl.addView(WindowManagerImpl.java:91)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): at android.app.Dialog.show(Dialog.java:238)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): at android.app.ProgressDialog.show(ProgressDialog.java:107)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): at android.app.ProgressDialog.show(ProgressDialog.java:90)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): at com.tastekid.TasteKid.YouTube.onCreate(YouTube.java:45)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): at android.app.Instrumentation.callActivityOnCreate(Instrumentation.java:1123)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): at android.app.ActivityThread.performLaunchActivity(ActivityThread.java:2364)
E/AndroidRuntime( 2049): ... 11 more

Any ideas why this is happening? I'm calling this from the


Which API version are you using? If I'm right about what the problem is then this was fixed in Android 1.6 (API version 4).

It looks like the object reference that getApplicationContext() is returning just points to null. I think you're having a problem similar to one I had in that some of the code in the onCreate() is being run before the window is actually done being built. This is going to be a hack, but try launching a new Thread in a few hundred milliseconds (IIRC: 300-400 seemed to work for me, but you'll need to tinker) that opens your ProgressDialog and starts anything else you needed (eg. network IO). Something like this:

public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    // do all your other stuff here

    new Handler().postDelayed(new Runnable() {
        public void run() {
            mProgressDialog = ProgressDialog.show(
               YouTube.this.getApplicationContext(), "",
               YouTube.this.getString(R.string.loading), true);

            // start time consuming background process here
    }, 1000); // starting it in 1 second