how to send value through intent after finishing an activity

I have an activity that shows a gridview of items. when I click in any of them, I move to another activity showing the information of the item. I also have the option to go back (gridview activity) or delete it.

If I delete it, I need to refresh the gridview, so I need to send a variable saying “eey, I have deleted an item. you need to refresh”.

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  • I guess I need to open the second activity with startActivityForResult, but I don’t know how should I set the value.

    option 1 (back arrow): finishes the activity. no result back.
    option 2 (delete item): finishes the activity and sets a result back.

    Thanks in advance!

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  • 8 Solutions collect form web for “how to send value through intent after finishing an activity”

    You can set your custom result. Like DELETE_ITEM.

    On your delete button do something like this :

    public static int DELETE_ITEM = 1234;
    Intent intent = new Intent();
    intent.putExtra("ITEM_ID", YOUR ITEM ID);
    setResult(DELETE_ITEM , intent);

    Now on your activity result do something like this :

    protected void onActivityResult(int requestCode, int resultCode, Intent intent) {
      if (resultCode == DELETE_ITEM) {
        super.onActivityResult(requestCode, resultCode, intent);

    Hope this helps

    First class

    Intent i = new Intent(this, Second.class);
    startActivityForResult(i, 1);
    protected void onActivityResult(int requestCode, int resultCode, Intent data) {
        if (requestCode == 1) {
            if (resultCode == RESULT_OK) {
                String result = data.getStringExtra("result");
                                 //your code
            if (resultCode == RESULT_CANCELED) {
                // Write your code if there's no result

    Second class

    Intent returnIntent = new Intent();
    returnIntent.putExtra("result", "your message");
    setResult(RESULT_OK, returnIntent);

    yes you have to use startActivityForResult. Before calling finish on the Activity that shows information of the item, you have to call

    setResult(resultCode, data);

    in the GridView’s Activity will be invoked

    protected void onActivityResult(int arg0, int resultCode, Intent data)

    we can start the new activity.Send value through intent using this..

    Intent main= new Intent(MainActivity.this, SecondActivity.class);
    main.putExtra(“JobId”, jobid);
    startActivityForResult(audio, requestCode);

    Receive the value in SecondActivity like this..

    int jobid = getIntent().getExtras().getInt(“jobId”);

    Say I wish to go from activity A to activity B, and pass a value to B, and finally finish A.

    Follow this:

    Somewhere in A:

    Intent goToActivityBIntent = new Intent(A.this, B.class);
    goToActivityBIntent.putExtra("", data);
                finish(); // close A

    Receive the data in B:

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
            // receive the data
            Bundle extras = getIntent().getExtras();
            if (extras != null) {
                data = extras.getString("");
    // Some stuff

    No need to finish activity

    //reload the adapter and use grid.invalidateViews(); Method
    adapter = new AppAdapter(MyApp.this, MyApp.this, data, show_collection );

    GridView has an invalidateViews() method.

    when you call this method: “all the views to be rebuilt and redrawn.”

    You just need after you delete the image call setResult with appropriate result code and maybe data.

    I think most correct way to achieve this is to return from your Image viewing activity custom user result. It can be achieved if you write something like this in your image viewer activity.

    public static final int RESULT_IMAGE_DELETED = RESULT_FIRST_USER;
    public static final int RESULT_EXTRA_IMAGE_ID = "extra.imageid";
    void onImageDeleted(int imageId) {
      Bundle resultData = new Bundle();
      resultData.putInt(RESULT_EXTRA_IMAGE_ID, imageId);

    You might be need to set default result in your onCreate method

    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
       // init stuff

    On your grid activity you must to check result code of your image viewer activity, and if it is not ok — make check your grid to it’s data changed.

    public static final int REQUEST_VIEW_IMAGE = 1;
    void startImageViewing(int imageId) {
        Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_VIEW);
        startActivityForResult(intent, REQUEST_VIEW_IMAGE);
    public void onActivityResult(int requestCode, int resultCode, Bundle data) {
        if (requestCode == REQUEST_VIEW_IMAGE) {
            if (resultCode != RESULT_OK) {

    Well, I have done this way:

    Start ActivityB from AcivityA by startActivityForResult:

    Intent intent = new Intent(AcivityA.this,  ActivityB.class);
    startActivityForResult(intent, 19);

    In ActivityB use setResult for sending data to AcivityA:

    public void finish() {
        Intent intent = new Intent();
        setResult(RESULT_OK, intent);

    In ActivityA receive data which were sent by ActivityB as onActivityResult:

    protected void onActivityResult(int requestCode, int resultCode, Intent data) {
        super.onActivityResult(requestCode, resultCode, data);
        if (requestCode == 19) {
            if(resultCode == RESULT_OK) {
                boolean flagResult = data.getBooleanExtra("flag");
                Log.i("Result", ""+flagResult);

    Hope this will help you.

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