Kai Kai - 10 months ago 64
Android Question

Understanding of isFinishing()

I got confused after reading Android doc about

in http://developer.android.com/reference/android/app/Activity.html

If I call
, what the return value of
call should be in the following 3 scenarios?

  1. Activity is being killed due to finish() was called.

  2. An activity is not in the foreground and the activity (not the app) is being killed by OS due to low memory.

  3. Activity is going to background.

I am sure that the result of
will be true in scenario 1 and will be false in scenario 3.

How about scenario 2? Will
return true or false in scenario 2?


Your Activity doesn't get killed by the OS while it's in the foreground. That wouldn't make sense.

However, if the activity goes to the background because the user switched to a different app, it could get killed after onPause() has been processed. As such, you could get isFinishing() == false as the user switches to a new app, but then the app is killed.

As the doc says, save all persistent data in onPause(). onDestroy() is not guaranteed to be called.

(I wouldn't be surprised if Dianne steps in and corrects me here, btw.)