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android – ACTION_SENDTO for sending an email

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


I am experiecing “This action is not currrently supported” error condition when execute the following code snippet in Android 2.1. What is wrong with the snippet?

public void onClick(View v) {
  Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SENDTO);
  Uri uri = Uri.parse("mailto:[email protected]");
  intent.putExtra("subject", "my subject");
  intent.putExtra("body", "my message");
How to&Answers:

If you use ACTION_SENDTO, putExtra() does not work to add subject and text to the intent. Use setData() and the Uri tool add subject and text.

This example works for me:

// ACTION_SENDTO filters for email apps (discard bluetooth and others)
String uriText =
    "mailto:[email protected]" + 
    "?subject=" + Uri.encode("some subject text here") + 
    "&body=" + Uri.encode("some text here");

Uri uri = Uri.parse(uriText);

Intent sendIntent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SENDTO);
startActivity(Intent.createChooser(sendIntent, "Send email")); 


Actually I found a way where the EXTRAs work.
This is a combination of an answer I found here regarding ACTION_SENDTO


and something for HTML which I found here:

How to send HTML email
(but the variant of how to use ACTION_SENDTO in this HTML post didn’t work for me – I got the “action not supported” which you are seeing)

    // works with blank mailId - user will have to fill in To: field
    String mailId="";
    // or can work with pre-filled-in To: field
// String mailId="[email protected]";
Intent emailIntent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SENDTO, 
                                    Uri.fromParts("mailto",mailId, null)); 
emailIntent.putExtra(android.content.Intent.EXTRA_SUBJECT, "Subject text here"); 
    // you can use simple text like this
// emailIntent.putExtra(android.content.Intent.EXTRA_TEXT,"Body text here"); 
    // or get fancy with HTML like this
             Html.fromHtml(new StringBuilder()
                 .append("<p><b>Some Content</b></p>")
                 .append("<small><p>More content</p></small>")
startActivity(Intent.createChooser(emailIntent, "Send email..."));


You Can Try This One

 Intent emailIntent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SENDTO, Uri.fromParts(
            "mailto", emailID, null));
    startActivity(Intent.createChooser(emailIntent, Choosertitle);

It Works For me