Resolving the “Activity Has Leaked Window That Was Originally Added” Error in Android Development

Resolving the "Activity Has Leaked Window That Was Originally Added" Error in Android Development

22 May 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Encountering the “Activity has leaked window that was originally added” error in Android development can be perplexing. This error typically occurs when a dialog is shown after the activity has exited. Let’s delve into the common causes and solutions for this issue.

Understanding the Error

The error message usually looks something like this:

    05-17 18:24:57.069: ERROR/WindowManager(18850): Activity com.mypkg.myP has leaked window$DecorView@44c46ff0 that was originally added here

This indicates that a window (typically a dialog) was added to the activity but was not removed before the activity was destroyed.

Common Causes

The primary reasons for this error include:

  • Showing a dialog after the activity has exited.
  • An unhandled exception in an AsyncTask causing the activity to shut down prematurely.
  • Forgetting to dismiss the dialog before the activity is destroyed.

Solution Approaches

1. Dismiss Dialogs Properly

Ensure you call dismiss() on any dialog before the activity exits. You can do this in lifecycle methods like onPause() or onDestroy():

    protected void onDestroy() {
        if (progressDialog != null && progressDialog.isShowing()) {

2. Handle AsyncTask Exceptions

If an unhandled exception in an AsyncTask causes the activity to shut down, make sure to handle exceptions properly within the doInBackground() method:

    protected String doInBackground(String... args) {
        try {
            // Your background task code
        } catch (Exception e) {
            // Handle the exception
        return null;

3. Check Activity State Before Showing Dialog

Ensure the activity is not finishing or destroyed before showing a dialog:

    if (!isFinishing() && !isDestroyed()) {;

Practical Example

Consider the following scenario where a progress dialog is shown during a background task. The correct approach would be to check the activity state before showing the dialog and dismiss it appropriately:

    protected void onPreExecute() {
        if (!activity.isFinishing() && !activity.isDestroyed()) {
            progressDialog = new ProgressDialog(activity);

    protected void onPostExecute(String result) {
        if (progressDialog != null && progressDialog.isShowing()) {

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