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Start Activity for result Example

Vishal Shrestha
When you use StartActivityForResult your current Activity starts a new activity and waits for callbacks when the started activity decides to finish. For instance, You might record a video in the new acitvity and send the location of the recorded video as the result.

Using startActivityForResult

In Activity A-
Intent i = new Intent(this, ActivityB.class);
startActivityForResult(i, 1);
Here, the second parameter is the requestCode, it is required as you may call different activities from activity A, and those activities return their respective results, so when you use onActivityResult(), you can check from which activity you received the result using the requestCode.

Now, in Activity B, you can send data back like this-

Intent returnIntent = new Intent();
And if you don't want to send data back, just don't putExtra in the intent and instead of RESULT_OK, the first parameter will be RESULT_CANCALED in the setResult.

Now, you can receive the result in Activity A by using onActivityResult method-

protected void onActivityResult(int requestCode, int resultCode, Intent data) {

    if (requestCode == 1) {
        if(resultCode == RESULT_OK){
            String result=data.getStringExtra("result");
        if (resultCode == RESULT_CANCELED) {
            //Write your code if there's no result
If you have any problems using startActivityForResult, do comment or contact me.

Vishal Shrestha / Author & Founder

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