In my Android apps, I want to pause or delay a process before continuing to the next process. Previously, I utilized Thread.sleep(), but it is not recommended by some experts due to the effect of some elements may stop responding and furthermore will behave unexpectedly. Let’s see the solution below.

1. PostDelay in Handler

You may the simplest solution, but be careful with a memory leak.

 Handler handler = new Handler(); 
    handler.postDelayed(new Runnable() {
         public void run() { 
    }, 2000); 

2. Avoid a memory leak

Due to a memory leak, the first solution above should get attention carefully. Here a better solution.

private static class MyHandler extends Handler {}
private final MyHandler mHandler = new MyHandler();

public static class MyRunnable implements Runnable {
    private final WeakReference<Activity> mActivity;

    public MyRunnable(Activity activity) {
        mActivity = new WeakReference<>(activity);

    public void run() {
        Activity activity = mActivity.get();
        if (activity != null) {
            Button btn = (Button) activity.findViewById(;

private MyRunnable mRunnable = new MyRunnable(this);

public void onClick(View view) {

    // Execute the Runnable in 2 seconds
    mHandler.postDelayed(mRunnable, 2000);