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android – Difference in context this and getContext()

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


What is difference between this and getContext(), when I say this I mean this within an Activity.

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In general there are two type of classes. Ones that extend ContextWrapper class (Activity, Service, Application) and those that do not extend it (like View).

  1. If class extends ContextWrapper then you can use this as Context. Such classes normally do not have getContext() method.

  2. Those classes that do not extend ContextWrapper but still save and use Context normally expose getContext() function. And you cannot use this as Context in such cases.

And these two cases are mutually exclusive. At least I don’t recall classes that extend ContextWrapper and have getContext at the same time.


getContext() is not defined in an Activity. It’s used in a View (or View subclass) to get a reference to the enclosing context (an Activity).


There is no difference. When you are in an Activity, getContext() will return this. This is because an Activity is a context!