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Handling the Deprecation of Handler() in Android

Android, Handler, Deprecation1 min read

The Handler() constructor in Android is deprecated, leading developers to seek alternative ways to perform delayed operations. This article discusses the preferred approach using Looper.getMainLooper() and provides some examples.

The Deprecation of Handler()

In Android, the parameterless constructor Handler() is deprecated. This change encourages developers to explicitly specify the Looper associated with the handler.

Using Looper.getMainLooper()

The recommended way to replace the deprecated Handler() is to use the Looper.getMainLooper() method. This method returns the main looper, which lives in the main thread of the application.

Example in Java:

1new Handler(Looper.getMainLooper()).postDelayed(new Runnable() {
2 @Override
3 public void run() {
4 // Your code here
5 }
6}, 3000); // Delay of 3000 milliseconds (3 seconds)

Example in Kotlin:

2 // Your code here
3}, 3000L) // Delay of 3000 milliseconds (3 seconds)

Why Specify a Looper?

Specifying a Looper in the Handler constructor ensures that the handler is bound to the correct thread, enhancing the predictability and reliability of the message handling.

Wrapping Up

Adapting to the deprecation of Handler() by using Looper.getMainLooper() is straightforward and improves the clarity of your code. Whether working in Java or Kotlin, this approach ensures that your delayed operations are handled correctly on the main thread of your application.