Android: calling a method from a Service to an Activity

I have a simple question to solve, but I am not sure how to do it.

I have a class that extends Service that runs a thread looking for a TCP connection. If one comes in, it read an input message.

If the input message is "START", I start an activity, in this fashion:

Intent dialogIntent = new Intent(getBaseContext(), VoIPCall.class);
dialogIntent.putExtra("inetAddress", clientSocket.getInetAddress());

While this activity is running, the Service keeps running. At some point I may reserve a "STOP". I would like to call a method in the previously created Activity but I am not sure how to interact with it.

I do not want to use a static method. How can I please do that?

Thank you very much,

EDIT: I changed my code to this:

Intent dialogIntent = new Intent("com.voip.rudy.START_CALL");
dialogIntent.putExtra("inetAddress", clientSocket.getInetAddress());

And in the manifest:

<activity android:name=".VoIPCall">
        <action android:name="com.voip.rudy.START_CALL" />
        <action android:name="com.voip.rudy.STOP_CALL" />
        <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />

<category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" /> was required to avoid having it crash.


The solution given has fixed my issue but I wanted to actually act on member variables on that class, that are previously initialized. Say I call the constructor, then I would like to go back into this activity and act on the member variables.

The member variables are not initialized when I call one action after another, it seems to create a new activity somehow. Would there be anyway to act on the same activity, and keep the objects intact please?



Add the Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_SINGLE_TOP | Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_REORDER_TO_FRONT flags to your intent and call startActivity with a new action or a special extra that can identify the intent.

In the activity, write a method called :

private void handleIntent(Intent intent) {

call this from onCreate (or onResume) using:


and also write:

protected void onNewIntent(Intent intent) {

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