handle textview link click in my android app

Coming at this almost a year later, there’s a different manner in which I solved my particular problem. Since I wanted the link to be handled by my own app, there is a solution that is a bit simpler.

Besides the default intent filter, I simply let my target activity listen to ACTION_VIEW intents, and specifically, those with the scheme com.package.name

    <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />
    <action android:name="android.intent.action.VIEW" />
    <data android:scheme="com.package.name" />  

This means that links starting with com.package.name:// will be handled by my activity.

So all I have to do is construct a URL that contains the information I want to convey:


In my target activity, I can retrieve this address:

Uri data = getIntent().getData();

In my example, I could simply check data for null values, because when ever it isn’t null, I’ll know it was invoked by means of such a link. From there, I extract the instructions I need from the url to be able to display the appropriate data.

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