jackson – Android Retrofit 2.0 Refresh Tokens-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I am using Retrofit 2.0 with Jackson converter for communication with a Rest API. Some of the requests require tokens on authorization. If the tokens that I have are out-of-date, I need to refresh them with another request and repeat the last request that failed because of it.

My question: do I need to do it manually each time or is there any way to automate it ?

Here is the way I implement it at the moment:


public interface TrackerService {

    Call<ResponseMessage> sendPassword(@Header("app-type") String appType, 
                                       @Body User userMobile);

    Call<TokenResponse> oathToken(@Field("client_id") String clientId,
                                  @Field("client_secret") String clientSecret,
                                  @Field("grant_type") String grantType,
                                  @Field("username") String username,
                                  @Field("password") String password);

    Call<TokenResponse> refreshToken(@Field("client_id") String clientId,
                                     @Field("client_secret") String clientSecret,
                                     @Field("grant_type") String grantType,
                                     @Field("refresh_token") String username);

    Call<Profile> updateProfile(@Header("app-type") String appType,
                                @Header("Authorization") String token,
                                @Body Profile profile);



public class ServiceGateway {

    private static OkHttpClient.Builder httpClient = new OkHttpClient.Builder();
    private static Retrofit retrofit;

    public static <S> S createService(Class<S> serviceClass) {
        HttpLoggingInterceptor interceptor = new HttpLoggingInterceptor();
        OkHttpClient client = new OkHttpClient.Builder()
                .connectTimeout(20 * 1000, TimeUnit.MILLISECONDS)
                .writeTimeout(20 * 1000, TimeUnit.MILLISECONDS)
                .readTimeout(20 * 1000, TimeUnit.MILLISECONDS)

        Retrofit.Builder builder =
                new Retrofit.Builder()

        retrofit = builder.client(httpClient.build())
        return retrofit.create(serviceClass);

    public static Retrofit getRetrofit() {
        return retrofit;

How I call function and treat it when tokens are out of date

 trackerService = ServiceGateway.createService(TrackerService.class);

    Call<Profile> call = trackerService.updateProfile(getString(R.string.app_type), "Bearer " + userPrefs.accessToken().get(),
            new Profile(trimedInvitationMessage, title,
            String.valueOf(selectedCountry.getCountryCode()), mobilePhone, countryISO, fullName));

    call.enqueue(new Callback<Profile>() {
        public void onResponse(Call<Profile> call, Response<Profile> response) {
            if (response.body() != null) {

            } else {
                if (response.raw().code() == 401) {
                    Call<TokenResponse> refreshTokenCall = trackerService.refreshToken(userPrefs.clientId().get(),
            userPrefs.clientSecret().get(), "refresh_token", userPrefs.refreshToken().get());
                    refreshTokenCall.enqueue(new Callback<TokenResponse>() {
                        public void onResponse(Call<TokenResponse> call, Response<TokenResponse> response) {
                            if (response.body() != null) {

                                updateAdviserProfile(trimedInvitationMessage, title, mobilePhone, countryISO, fullName);
                            } else {
                                Intent intent = new Intent(WelcomeActivity_.launcher(EditProfileActivity.this));

                        public void onFailure(Call<TokenResponse> call, Throwable t) {

                } else if (response.raw().code() == 422)

        public void onFailure(Call<Profile> call, Throwable t) {
How to solve:

I searched this topic since 2-3 months ago and found OkHttp 's Authenticator. You can use it. There is one link here: refreshing-oauth-token-using-retrofit-without-modifying-all-calls

It works like that: If your request returns 401, then Authenticator moves in, and refreshes your token. But don’t forget to return null or put any try limit. If you don’t limit, it will try to refresh multiple times when your refresh request fails and also make synchronous requests when refreshing your token.

Also I have a question and answer -both written by myself via searching theese links- about refreshing Oauth2 token, maybe you will take a look at it:

Question: android-retrofit2-refresh-oauth-2-token

Answer: android-retrofit2-refresh-oauth-2-token-answer

Additionally: for example if you have a token and you need to refresh it per 3 hours. You can write an Interceptor too. In Interceptor: compare time and refresh your token without getting any 401 response.

You can read Interceptor page: OkHttp Interceptors

You can take a look at there too: OkHttp handling-authentication

I know there is no code here, but try links and edit your question then I will help you.

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