java – Android Toast Messages not working-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I’m developing a game via Andengine for Android. I have MainActivity class and GameScene class. I use Toast messages in GameActivity. And it is working.

Toast.makeText(this, " Hello World", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

So I wanna use Toast messages in GameScene class. But it doesn’t work. Here is the code:

Toast.makeText(activity, " Hello World", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

I have to use “activity” instead of “this”. But it doesn’t work



when I use second one, an error occurs.

How to solve:

You’re trying to display a Toast in a background thread. You should do all your UI operations on the main UI thread.

The exception RuntimeException: Can't create handler inside thread that has not called Looper.prepare() can be a little cryptic for beginners but essentially it tells you that you’re in a wrong thread.

To solve it, wrap the toast to e.g. runOnUiThread():

activity.runOnUiThread(new Runnable() {
  public void run() {


There could be two reasons for your code to not work. It’s ether your activity parameter is null or…

Short time after you showing the toast the activity is die, in that case it will kill the toast as well, to avoid this you can call activity.getApplicationContext() like in @Mehmet Se├žkin answer.


use one of the following

Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(), " Hello World", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

        Toast.makeText(getBaseContext(),"please Create your Account First", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

      Toast.makeText(GameActivity.this,"please Create your Account First", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();


Make sure the app you are testing has notifications turned on. That was my story and why toasts weren’t working either. I had gone looking for a straight answer and it just happens that toasts are considered part of the notifications. Interesting stuff, I had no clue.



Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(), " Hello World", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();


Toast.makeText(activity.this, " Hello World", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();


Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(), "text", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

try this.


Since you asked why; i think you’re giving an activity reference as a context to the Toast message, this is why it isn’t working.

If you’re trying to show a Toast message from outside of an activity, you could try :

Toast.makeText(activity.getApplicationContext(), " Hello World", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

or from the GameActivity

Toast.makeText(GameActivity.this, " Hello World", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

or from the MainActivity

Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this, " Hello World", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();


Since You are calling it from the class. you need to get the context from the activity through the class constructor or else you need to use GetApplicationcontext().

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