[FIXED] Android – prevent WebView from reloading when going back and forth


I have Activity A and Activity B in my Android App. In Activity A there is a button which leads to Activity B. In the Activity B I have a WebView with Internet Form. The user can enter some data into that form. If he goes back to Activity A and then again to Activity B he will loose that entered data. How can I prevent this from happeing?


Firstly, you would need to add android:launchMode="singleInstance" to both the activities in the manifest. This will ensure if an instance of an activity exists, then it will bring it forward and call its onNewIntent() function rather than creating a new activity and calling its onCreate().

You could start Activity B from Activity A and make sure to NOT use finish().

For example in Activity A:
startActivity(Intent(this, ActivityB::class.java))

When the user wants to go back to Activity A from Activity B make sure to call
startActivity(Intent(this, ActivityA::class.java))
This would require you to override the hardware back button behaviour and maybe also the navigation back button if you are showing that as well. Kotlin example:

    /* Top navigation button */
    override fun onOptionsItemSelected(item: MenuItem): Boolean {
        if (item.itemId == android.R.id.home) {
            return true
        return super.onOptionsItemSelected(item)

    /* Hardware back button */
    override fun onBackPressed() {
        startActivity(Intent(this, MainActivity::class.java))

Answered By – Droid

Answer Checked By – Robin (Easybugfix Admin)

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