David Manpearl David Manpearl - 6 months ago 42
Android Question

How to use an Android Handler to update a TextView in the UI Thread?

I want to update a

from an asynchronous task in an Android application. What is the simplest way to do this with a

There are some similar questions, such as this: Android update TextView with Handler, but the example is complicated and does not appear to be answered.


There are several ways to update your UI and modify a View such as a TextView from outside of the UI Thread. A Handler is just one method.

Here is an example that allows a single Handler respond to various types of requests.

At the class level define a simple Handler:

private final static int DO_UPDATE_TEXT = 0;
private final static int DO_THAT = 1;
private final Handler myHandler = new Handler() {
    public void handleMessage(Message msg) {
        final int what = msg.what;
        switch(what) {
        case DO_UPDATE_TEXT: doUpdate(); break;
        case DO_THAT: doThat(); break;

Update the UI in one of your functions, which is now on the UI Thread:

private void doUpdate() {
    myTextView.setText("I've been updated.");

From within your asynchronous task, send a message to the Handler. There are several ways to do it. This may be the simplest: