Martin Martin - 4 months ago 47
Android Question

Android: Clear the back stack

In Android I have some activities, let's say A, B, C.

In A I use this code to open B:

Intent intent = new Intent(this, B.class);
startActivity(intent);


In B I use this code to open C:

Intent intent = new Intent(this, C.class);
startActivity(intent);


When the user taps a button in C I want to go back to A and clear the back stack (close both B and C). So when the user use the back button B and C will not show up, I've been trying the following:

Intent intent = new Intent(this, A.class);
intent.setFlags(Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_CLEAR_TOP);
startActivity(intent);


But B and C are still showing up if I use the back button when I'm back in activity A. How can I avoid this?

Answer

Try adding FLAG_ACTIVITY_NEW_TASK as described in the docs for FLAG_ACTIVITY_CLEAR_TOP:

This launch mode can also be used to good effect in conjunction with FLAG_ACTIVITY_NEW_TASK: if used to start the root activity of a task, it will bring any currently running instance of that task to the foreground, and then clear it to its root state. This is especially useful, for example, when launching an activity from the notification manager.

So your code to launch A would be:

Intent intent = new Intent(this, A.class);
intent.addFlags(Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_CLEAR_TOP | Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_NEW_TASK); 
startActivity(intent);
finish(); // call this to finish the current activity
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