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android – Handler.postDelayed(Runnable) vs CountdownTimer

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


Sometimes we need to delay a code before it runs.

This is doable by the Handler.postDelayed(Runnable) or CountdownTimer.

Which one is better in terms of performance?

See the sample code below


        new Handler().postDelayed(new Runnable() {
            public void run() {
                 //DO SOMETHING
        }, 1000);


        new CountDownTimer(1000, 1000) {
            public void onFinish() {
                 //DO SOMETHING
            public void onTick(long millisUntilFinished) {}
How to&Answers:

The Handler should offer you better performances as CountDownTimer contains itself a Handler as you can see here.


Use Handler,Android Handler is Good.

See Here, What Others say About Handler


I agree that Handler is offering a better performance. But on a side note, you should keep in mind that CountDownTimer object will be destroyed after completed. A Handler will continue to exist after finished. If you only need a temporary timer then CountDownTimer is preferable. Otherwise, use a Handler.