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android – Fragment on Screen Rotation

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


I have added a viewpager to an activity which contains two page.

In onCreate of activity I add fragments to a fragmentAdapter:

public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState)

    FragmentAdapter fragmentAdapter = new FragmentAdapter
        new Fragment[]{FragmentGame.builder(id), FragmentComments.builder(id)},
        new String[]{getString(R.string.gameInfo), getString(R.string.comments)}

    ViewPager viewPager = (ViewPager) findViewById(R.id.viewPager);

public static FragmentGame builder(long id)
    FragmentGame fragmentGame = new FragmentGame();

    // fragmentGame.id = id;

    Bundle bundle = new Bundle();
    bundle.putLong(Constants.EXTRA_ID, id);

    return fragmentGame;

First time that activity is created the onCreateView of fragment is called as it’s expected.

The strange behaviour is when the screen is rotated for the first time the onCreateView of fragment is called twice but the second call only has the correct id and for the first call id is 0.

On second screen rotation, onCreateView is called three times and again only the last one has id.

By more screen rotation, onCreateView calls increase.

I found some related question about fragment and screen rotation but I can’t figure out why this happens and how to do it the right way.

—– UPDATE ——

The ID problem is solved as I replaced bundle with direct value setting.

How to&Answers:

Every time you rotate your device you are creating a new fragment and adding it to the FragmentManager.

All of your previously created fragments are still in the FragmentManager therefore the count increases by one each time.

If you wish to retain a value in your fragment, you need to store it in the arguments otherwise any values it contains would be lost when the system re-creates the fragment.

public static FragmentGame builder(long id) {
 Bundle args = new Bundle();
 args.putInt("id", id);
 fragmentGame f = new fragmentGame();

Rather than creating a new fragment, I suspect you really want to retrieve your previously created one when you rotate the device. use getSupportFragmentManager().findFragmentById() or getSupportFragmentManager().findFragmentByTag() to do this.

Edit: Extra code

    // Add fragment to the manager
    FragmentTransaction trans=getSupportFragmentManager().beginTransaction();

    // retrieve the fragment
    Fragment f= getSupportFragmentManager().findFragmentByTag("myTag");

Just attempt to retrieve the fragment, if the value is null, create a new fragment and add it to the manager otherwise use the retrieved one.


If you don’t want to reload your fragment on orientation change, write following for the activity in which you are loading the fragment in manifest file.

            android:name="your activity name"
            android:configChanges="orientation|screenSize" // add this to your activity