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Android Build a Self-Destructing Message Android App Retrieving and Viewing Messages Using Picasso to View Images from the Web

Mahmoud Tokura
Mahmoud Tokura
789 Points


How do i set INDETERMINATE_PROGRESS for this activity in case of slow network so the user knows something is happening. If the network is slow to retrieve, the user might thing the app has crashed or the phone has frozen.


1 Answer

Daniel Hartin
Daniel Hartin
18,106 Points

Hi Mahmoud

What i have done in my apps for network connections that require some form of data returned is set the xml layout file to be a relativeLayout and then place a progress bar at the end of the xml file which covers the entire screen, then you can simply refer to this this in your activity like you would any other view and set it by doing something like

ProgressBar mProgressBar = (ProgressBar) findViewById(R.id.progressbar1);
mProgressBar.setVisibility(View.VISIBLE); //To turn on
mProgressBar.setVisibility(View.INVISIBLE); to turn off

The reason I would use a progressBar that covers the screen is that I assume as your are recovering images (guessing based on question) the user can't really continue until the images are found so a small progress bar in the notification bar may be missed. If you definitely want it in the notification bar however use the following

requestWindowFeature(Window.FEATURE_INDETERMINATE_PROGRESS); //put this before the call to setContentView()
setSupportProgressBarIndeterminateVisibility(true); //to turn on
setSupportProgressBarIndeterminateVisibility(false); //to turn off

Obviously for both of the above you have to turn them on and off manually when you start you aSyncTask and when the data is returned.

Hope this helps


Mahmoud Tokura
Mahmoud Tokura
789 Points

Hi Daniel Hartin

Thanks for your reply, i will try it.