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android – Programmatically update widget from activity/service/receiver

Posted by: admin March 11, 2020 Leave a comment


I know it’s possible, but I can’t figure out a way to trigger an update of my widget from the main activity. Isn’t there some general intent I can broadcast?

How to&Answers:

If you are using an AppWidgetProvider, you can update it this way:

Intent intent = new Intent(this, MyAppWidgetProvider.class);
// Use an array and EXTRA_APPWIDGET_IDS instead of AppWidgetManager.EXTRA_APPWIDGET_ID,
// since it seems the onUpdate() is only fired on that:
 int[] ids = AppWidgetManager.getInstance(getApplication())
    .getAppWidgetI‌​ds(new ComponentName(getApplication(), MyAppWidgetProvider.class));
intent.putExtra(AppWidgetManager.EXTRA_APPWIDGET_IDS, ids);


This helped when I searched on how to update a widget from a service/or action (but may be possible from every Context):

Context context = this;
AppWidgetManager appWidgetManager = AppWidgetManager.getInstance(context);
RemoteViews remoteViews = new RemoteViews(context.getPackageName(), R.layout.widget_2x1);
ComponentName thisWidget = new ComponentName(context, MyWidget.class);
remoteViews.setTextViewText(R.id.my_text_view, "myText" + System.currentTimeMillis());
appWidgetManager.updateAppWidget(thisWidget, remoteViews);


So to update an widget from an activity, you can do it like this:

Intent intent = new Intent(this, DppWidget.class);
int ids[] = AppWidgetManager.getInstance(getApplication()).getAppWidgetIds(new ComponentName(getApplication(), DppWidget.class));

Works for me 🙂


Try this:

int[] ids = AppWidgetManager.getInstance(getApplication()).getAppWidgetIds(new ComponentName(getApplication(), MyWidget.class));
        MyWidget myWidget = new MyWidget();
        myWidget.onUpdate(this, AppWidgetManager.getInstance(this),ids);


In case you are working with a widget that uses a collection such as ListView, GridView, or StackView, to update the widget’s items, do as follow:

Context context = getApplicationContext();
AppWidgetManager appWidgetManager = AppWidgetManager.getInstance(context);
ComponentName thisWidget = new ComponentName(context, StackWidgetProvider.class);
int[] appWidgetIds = appWidgetManager.getAppWidgetIds(thisWidget);
appWidgetManager.notifyAppWidgetViewDataChanged(appWidgetIds, R.id.stack_view);

With this method notifyAppWidgetViewDataChanged(), you can force the widget items to fetch any new data in real time.


int widgetIDs[] = AppWidgetManager.getInstance(getApplication()).getAppWidgetIds(new ComponentName(getApplication(), WidgetProvider.class));

for (int id : widgetIDs)
    AppWidgetManager.getInstance(getApplication()).notifyAppWidgetViewDataChanged(id, R.id.widget_view);


Just get an AppWidgetManager instance and update it directly. Or, if you are using an IntentService to do the updates, call startService() on the IntentService. The AppWidgetProvider is a way to update the app widget, but it is not the only way.


If you are trying to programmatically update the widget where you do not have access to YourWidgetProvider.class explicitly, e.g. from another module or library, you can capture what YourWidgetProvider.class.getName() outputs and create a constant:

val WIDGET_CLASS_NAME = "com.example.yourapplication.YourWidgetProvider"

You would then be able to use this implicitly:

val intent = Intent(AppWidgetManager.ACTION_APPWIDGET_UPDATE)
val widgetManager = AppWidgetManager.getInstance(context)
val ids = widgetManager.getAppWidgetIds(ComponentName(context, WIDGET_CLASS_NAME))
AppWidgetManager.getInstance(context).notifyAppWidgetViewDataChanged(ids, android.R.id.list)
intent.putExtra(AppWidgetManager.EXTRA_APPWIDGET_IDS, ids)


Phaethon’s accepted solution in Kotlin:

    val intent = Intent(this, MyAppWidgetProvider::class.java)
    intent.action = AppWidgetManager.ACTION_APPWIDGET_UPDATE
    val ids = AppWidgetManager.getInstance(application).getAppWidgetIds(ComponentName(getApplicationContext(),MyAppWidgetProvider::class.java!!))
    intent.putExtra(AppWidgetManager.EXTRA_APPWIDGET_IDS, ids)

Where MyAppWidgetProvider is derived from AppWidgetProvider:
class MyAppWidgetProvider : AppWidgetProvider() {