How to launch activity only once when app is opened for first time?

The question:

I have an activity that i only want to run when the application is ran for the first time.

And never again. It is a facebook login activity. I only want to launch it once when the app is initially opened for the first time.

How do i go about doing this?

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

What I’ve generally done is add a check for a specific shared preference in the Main Activity : if that shared preference is missing then launch the single-run Activity, otherwise continue with the main activity . When you launch the single run Activity create the shared preference so it gets skipped next time.

EDIT : In my onResume for the default Activity I do this:

    SharedPreferences prefs = PreferenceManager.getDefaultSharedPreferences(getBaseContext());
    boolean previouslyStarted = prefs.getBoolean(getString(R.string.pref_previously_started), false);
    if(!previouslyStarted) {
        SharedPreferences.Editor edit = prefs.edit();
        edit.putBoolean(getString(R.string.pref_previously_started), Boolean.TRUE);

Basically I load the default shared preferences and look for the previously_started boolean preference. If it hasn’t been set I set it and then launch the help file. I use this to automatically show the help the first time the app is installed.

Method 2

Post the following code within your onCreate statement

   Boolean isFirstRun = getSharedPreferences("PREFERENCE", MODE_PRIVATE)
            .getBoolean("isFirstRun", true);

    if (isFirstRun) {
        //show start activity

        startActivity(new Intent(MainActivity.this, FirstLaunch.class));
        Toast.makeText(MainActivity.this, "First Run", Toast.LENGTH_LONG)

       getSharedPreferences("PREFERENCE", MODE_PRIVATE).edit()
                .putBoolean("isFirstRun", false).commit();

Replace FirstLaunch.class with the class that you would like to launch

Method 3

something like this might work.

public class MyPreferences {

    private static final String MY_PREFERENCES = "my_preferences";  

    public static boolean isFirst(Context context){
        final SharedPreferences reader = context.getSharedPreferences(MY_PREFERENCES, Context.MODE_PRIVATE); 
        final boolean first = reader.getBoolean("is_first", true);
            final SharedPreferences.Editor editor = reader.edit();
            editor.putBoolean("is_first", false);
        return first;



boolean isFirstTime = MyPreferences.isFirst(CurrentActivity.this);
if (isFirstTime) {;

public class NewActivity extends Activity {
    public static void show(Context context) {
        final Intent intent = new Intent(context, NewActivity.class);

Method 4

SharedPreferences dataSave = getSharedPreferences("firstLog", 0);

if(dataSave.getString("firstTime", "").toString().equals("no")){ // first run is happened
else{ //  this is the first run of application
SharedPreferences.Editor editor = dataSave.edit();
                editor.putString("firstTime", "no");

Method 5

I had done this without Shared Prefrence…as I know shared prefrence consumes some memory so I used public static boolean variable in global class….First I made Global Class Appconfig…and then I made boolean static variable like this :

public class Appconfig {

    public static boolean activity = false;

then I used this public static boolean variable into my welcome Activity class. I am Using License agreement page. which I have to use only at once in my application then never display further whenever i run the application. so i had put condtion in welcome activity…if the welcome class run first time so the static boolean variable is false…

 if (Appconfig.activity == false) {
Intent intent = new Intent();
if (Appconfig.activity == true) {

Intent intent = new Intent();
intent.setClass(WelcomeActivity.this, MainActivity.class);


Now at Licesnce Activity class I made :


So whenever I run the Application the second activity “Main activity” run after Welcome activity not License Activity….

Method 6

Declared in the globally

   public int count=0 
   int tempInt = 0;

in your onCreate function past this code at first.

   count = readSharedPreferenceInt("cntSP","cntKey");
       Intent intent = new Intent();
       intent.setClass(MainActivity.this, TemporaryActivity.class);

Past these two method outside of onCreate

    //Read from Shared Preferance
    public int readSharedPreferenceInt(String spName,String key){
    SharedPreferences sharedPreferences = getSharedPreferences(spName,Context.MODE_PRIVATE);
    return tempInt = sharedPreferences.getInt(key, 0);

    //write shared preferences in integer
    public void writeSharedPreference(int ammount,String spName,String key ){

    SharedPreferences sharedPreferences = getSharedPreferences(spName, Context.MODE_PRIVATE);
    SharedPreferences.Editor editor = sharedPreferences.edit();

    editor.putInt(key, ammount);

Method 7

This is my code to bring the OnBoarding Activity for the first time. If it’s not the first time then go directly to the Home Activity.

    private void checkFirstOpen(){
    Boolean isFirstRun = getSharedPreferences("PREFERENCE", MODE_PRIVATE)
            .getBoolean("isFirstRun", true);

    if (!isFirstRun) {
        Intent intent = new Intent(OnBoardingScreen.this, Home.class);


    getSharedPreferences("PREFERENCE", MODE_PRIVATE).edit().putBoolean("isFirstRun", 

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