android – Intercepting the back button-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I’m writing an application which will have two Activities, when the user presses the back button on the second activity a dialog should pop up asking the user to confirm the action. So how do I intercept this? I seriously doubt about this coz the backstack is a part of the OS itself. Has anyone found a workaround?

How to solve:

In an activity you can just override


edit: that is api lvl 5+ :/ for 4 and below you gotta override onKeyDown()


Simply override the onKeyDown method in your activity and look for the back button. Return true so that the event is consumed.

public boolean onKeyDown(int keyCode, KeyEvent event) {
    if (keyCode == KeyEvent.KEYCODE_BACK) {
        //Do something here
        return true;
    return super.onKeyDown(keyCode, event);


As schwiz pointed out, you’ll want to override the onBackPressed() method in your activity class (

I just wanted to add that if you did want to at some stage continue with or access the standard the back operation (after say, displaying a dialog), then you simply call super.onBackPressed() or ActivityName.super.onBackPressed() from anywhere in the Activity.

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