Android Browser Switch

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Android Browser Switch makes it easy to open a url in a browser or Chrome Custom Tab and receive a response as the result of user interaction, either cancel or response data from the web page.


Add the library to your dependencies in your build.gradle:

dependencies {
  compile 'com.braintreepayments:browser-switch:1.0.0'

Declare BrowserSwitchActivity in your AndroidManifest.xml:

<activity android:name="com.braintreepayments.browserswitch.BrowserSwitchActivity"
        <action android:name="android.intent.action.VIEW"/>
        <data android:scheme="${applicationId}.browserswitch"/>
        <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT"/>
        <category android:name="android.intent.category.BROWSABLE"/>

Your app's url scheme must begin with your app's package and end with .browserswitch. For example, if the package is com.your-company.your-app, then your url scheme should be com.your-company.your-app.browserswitch.

${applicationId} is automatically applied with your app's package when using Gradle.

Note: The scheme you define must use all lowercase letters. This is due to scheme matching on the Android framework being case sensitive, expecting lower case. If your package contains underscores, the underscores should be removed when specifying the scheme.

If these requirements are not met, an error will be returned and no browser switch will occur.


BrowserSwitchFragment is an abstract that should be extended and used to start and handle the response from a browser switch.

Note: The Activity that BrowserSwitchFragment attaches to cannot have a launch mode of singleInstance. BrowserSwitchFragment needs access to the calling Activity to provide a result and cannot do so if the browser switch happens on a different activity stack.

The url scheme to use to return to your app can be retrieved using:


This scheme should be used to build a return url and passed along in the browser switch to the target web page. This url can be loaded to return to the app from the target web page.

A browser switch can be initiated by calling:

browserSwitchFragment.browserSwitch(requestCode, "");
// or
browserSwitchFragment.browserSwitch(requestCode, intent);

The response will be returned in your implementation of BrowserSwitchFragment#onBrowserSwitchResult:

public void onBrowserSwitchResult(int requestCode, BrowserSwitchResult result, @Nullable Uri returnUri) {
    switch (result) {
        case OK:
            // the browser switch returned data in the return uri
        case CANCELED:
            // the user canceled and returned to your app
            // return uri is null
        case ERROR:
            // there was an error browser switching
            // Some possible issues you may encounter are:
            // - There are no activities installed that can handle a URL.
            // - The integration is not setup correctly.

Alternative Usage: BrowserSwitchClient

For more fine-grained control over browser switching, BrowserSwitchClient can be used in scenarios where a custom BrowserSwitchListener is preferred.

public class CustomFragment extends Fragment {

  private BrowserSwitchClient browserSwitchClient;
  private BrowserSwitchListener browserSwitchListener;

  public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

    browserSwitchListener = new BrowserSwitchListener() {
      public void onBrowserSwitchResult(int requestCode, BrowserSwitchResult result, @Nullable Uri returnUri) {
        // custom listener logic goes here

    browserSwitchClient = BrowserSwitchClient.newInstance();
    browserSwitchClient.start(requestCode, Uri.parse(""), this, browserSwitchListener);

  public void onResume() {

    // call 'deliverResult' in onResume to ensure that all pending
    // browser switch results are delivered to the listener
    browserSwitchClient.deliverResult(this, browserSwitchListener);


Android Browser Switch is open source and available under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file for more info.