Programmatically go back to the previous fragment in the backstack

Say I have an activity that has fragments added programmatically:

private void animateToFragment(Fragment newFragment, String tag) {
    FragmentTransaction ft = getFragmentManager().beginTransaction();
    ft.replace(, newFragment, tag);

What is the best way to return to the previous fragment that was visible?

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  • 6 Solutions collect form web for “Programmatically go back to the previous fragment in the backstack”

    Look at the getFragmentManager().popBackStack() methods (there are several to choose from)

    To elaborate on the other answers provided, this is my solution (placed in an Activity):

    public void onBackPressed(){
        FragmentManager fm = getFragmentManager();
        if (fm.getBackStackEntryCount() > 0) {
            Log.i("MainActivity", "popping backstack");
        } else {
            Log.i("MainActivity", "nothing on backstack, calling super");

    When we are Updating/add the fragments,

    Should Include the .addToBackStack().

                               .add(detailFragment, "detail")
                               // Add this transaction to the back stack (name is an optional name for this back stack state, or null).

    After that if we give the getFragments.popBackStackImmediate() will return true if we add/update the fragments, and move back to the current Screen.

    replace() does 2 things:

    1. Remove currently added fragment (A) from the container (C) you indicated
    2. Add new fragment (B) to the same container

    These 2 operations are what is saved as a Backstack record / transaction. Note that fragment A remains in created state, and its view is destroyed.

    Now popBackStack() reverses your last transaction that you’ve added to BackStack.

    In this case that would be 2 steps:

    1. Remove B from C
    2. Add A to C

    After this, fragment B becomes detached, and if you did not keep references to it, it will be garbage collected.

    To answer first part of your question, there’s no onCreate() call, because FragmentB remained in created state. And answer to second part of the question is a bit longer.

    First, it is important to understand that you don’t actually add Fragments to Backstack, you add FragmentTransactions. So when you think that you “replace with Fragment B, adding Fragment A to the back stack”, you actually add this whole operation to backstack – that is replacement of A with B. This replacement consists of 2 actions – remove A and add B.

    Then, next step is popping of the transaction that contains this replacement. So you’re not popping FragmentA, you’re reversing “remove A, add B”, which reversed is “remove B, add A”.

    And then final step should be clearer – there’s no B that FragmentManager is aware of, so when you add it by replacing A with B at your last step, B needs to go through its early lifecycle methods – onAttach() and onCreate().

    Code below illustrates what is happening.

    FragmentManager fm  = getFragmentManager();
    FragmentA fragmentA = new FragmentA();
    FragmentB fragmentB = new FragmentB();
    // 1. Show A
    // 2. Replace A with B
    // FragmentManager keeps reference to fragmentA;
    // it stays attached and created; fragmentB goes 
    // through lifecycle methods onAttach(), onCreate()
    // and so on.
    // 2'. Alternative to replace() method
    // 3. Reverse (2); Result - A is visible
    // What happens:
    //   1) fragmentB is removed from container, it is detached now;
    //      FragmentManager doesn't keep reference to it anymore
    //   2) Instance of FragmentA is placed back in the container
    // Now your Backstack is empty, FragmentManager is aware only
    // of FragmentA instance
    // 4. Show B
    // Since fragmentB was detached, it goes through its early
    // lifecycle methods: onAttach() and onCreate().

    Add those line to your onBackPressed() Method. popBackStackImmediate() method will get you back to the previous fragment if you have any fragment on back stack

    if(getFragmentManager().getBackStackEntryCount() > 0){


    Programmatically go back to the previous fragment using following code.

    if ( getFragmentManager().getBackStackEntryCount() > 0) 
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