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getApplicationContext() error Android

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I have a fragment that allows a user to enter in a message and a phone number to which the message will be delivered. I am getting an error “cannot resolve method getApplicationContext()” I have looked at the answer here the method getApplicationContext() is undefined but it didn’t help me, maybe I am implementing it wrong but I am not sure! This code works fine as an activity but not as a fragment.

FragmentTab1 class

package com.androidbegin.absfragtabhost;

import android.content.Context;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.LayoutInflater;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.ViewGroup;
import android.app.Fragment;
import android.app.Activity;
import android.telephony.SmsManager;
import android.util.Log;
import android.view.Menu;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.Button;
import android.widget.EditText;
import android.widget.Toast;

public class FragmentTab3 extends Fragment {
public View onCreateView(LayoutInflater inflater, ViewGroup container,
                         Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    View rootView = inflater.inflate(R.layout.fragmenttab3, container, false);

    sendBtn = (Button) rootView.findViewById(R.id.btnSendSMS);
    txtphoneNo = (EditText) rootView.findViewById(R.id.editTextPhoneNo);
    txtMessage = (EditText) rootView.findViewById(R.id.editTextSMS);

    sendBtn.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
        public void onClick(View view) {

    return rootView;

    Button sendBtn;
    EditText txtphoneNo;
    EditText txtMessage;

    protected void sendSMSMessage() {
        Log.i("Send SMS", "");

        String phoneNo = txtphoneNo.getText().toString();
        String message = txtMessage.getText().toString();

        try {
            SmsManager smsManager = SmsManager.getDefault();
            smsManager.sendTextMessage(phoneNo, null, message, null, null);
            Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(), "SMS sent.",
        } catch (Exception e) {
                    "SMS failed, please try again.",

    public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {
        // Inflate the menu; this adds items to the action bar if it is present.
        getMenuInflater().inflate(R.menu.menu_main, menu);
        return true;

How to&Answers:

The method getApplicationContext() does not exist in the class Fragment. It does exist, however, in the class Activity, so you can use getActivity().getApplicationContext() to get the context from within a fragment object. (Assuming the fragment is attached to an activity so getActivity() will return a non-null object, which is usually true)


Use getActivity().getApplicationContext();


You should use the Application context available in the Fragment Activity


You shouldn’t use the getActivity() as context here because Toast can live longer than the activity that showed it (Home button as been pressed, another activity has been launched, etc.)



Maybe it’s enough with getActivity() as Activity extends Context.

Anyway, please consider whether you need a Context with the lifecycle separated from you Activity’s Context to know if you need to use getActivity().getApplicationContext() or just getActivity().

Refer to this thread for more info.


You have to create on non activity class a constructor that takes a context on argument, and on your activity class, you have to pass the context on declaration of object, like this:

//ON non activity class :
public class longcomputingtask extends AsyncTask<Void,Integer,Void> {

    private  Context context ;

    public longcomputingtask()

    public longcomputingtask(Context context)

//   on activity class :

public Context context;

longcomputingtask calcul =new longcomputingtask(context):


See the answer here: using context in fragment.

Just call getActivity(), make sure it’s not null, and call getApplicationContext() on that.


getApplicationContext() did not exist or you can say not defined in the Fragment class that means you cannot access it inside Fragment class directly.

So solution is that instead of doing like this

Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(), "SMS sent.",Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();

you should use the getActivity() method like following

Toast.makeText(getActivity().getApplicationContext(), "SMS sent.",Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();

i hope it helps.