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Multiple count down timers in RecyclerView flickering when scrolled
Pawneshwer Gupta
Pawneshwer Gupta
April 28, 2017
1 min
Multiple count down timers in RecyclerView flickering when scrolled

Multiple count down timers in RecyclerView flickering when scrolled

This problem is asked multiple time on StackOverflow, so i decided to make this project and solve your problem.

Why RecyclerView flickering when scrolled?

RecyclerView flickering when scrolled because we are creating Timer inside onBindViewHolder() method. And as you know onBindViewHolder() method is called every time when we scroll RecyclerView. Because RecyclerView reuse views to prevent from memory problems. The best thing here would be to move the CountDownTimer in the ViewHolder as a reference, cancel it before binding the data (if started) and rescheduling to the desired duration.

How to fix RecyclerView flickering when scrolled?

  • Create instance of CountDownTimer in ViewHolder instead of onBindViewHolder().
  • Release provious CountDownTimer before binding new CountDownTimer.

Lets do it practically:

Code of RecyclerView Adapter
package com.learnpainless.recyclerviewcountdowntimer;
import android.os.Handler;
import android.support.v7.widget.RecyclerView;
import android.view.LayoutInflater;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.ViewGroup;
import android.widget.ImageView;
import android.widget.TextView;
public class RecyclerViewAdapter extends RecyclerView.Adapter<RecyclerViewAdapter.ViewHolder> {
private OnItemClickListener onItemClickListener;
private Handler handler = new Handler();
public RecyclerViewAdapter(OnItemClickListener onItemClickListener) {
this.onItemClickListener = onItemClickListener;
public void clearAll() {
public class ViewHolder extends RecyclerView.ViewHolder {
TextView timeStamp;
ImageView imageView;
CountdownRunnable countdownRunnable;
public ViewHolder(View itemView) {
timeStamp = itemView.findViewById(R.id.timestamp);
imageView = itemView.findViewById(R.id.image_view);
countdownRunnable = new CountdownRunnable(handler,timeStamp,10000,imageView);
public void bind(final OnItemClickListener listener) {
countdownRunnable.holder = timeStamp;
countdownRunnable.millisUntilFinished = 10000 * getAdapterPosition(); //because i want all timers run separately.
handler.postDelayed(countdownRunnable, 100);
@Override public ViewHolder onCreateViewHolder(ViewGroup parent, int viewType) {
View view = LayoutInflater.from(parent.getContext()).inflate(R.layout.recycler_item, parent, false);
return new ViewHolder(view);
@Override public void onBindViewHolder(ViewHolder holder, int position) {
@Override public int getItemCount() {
return 100;
public interface OnItemClickListener {
void onItemClick(int position);

So i have created my own Runnable implementation to create CountdownTimer and created its instance inside ViewHolder to bind CountdownTimer with RecyclerView item. So now it will not flicker when we scroll RecyclerView. Thats why i created RecyclerView with 100 items in it, so we can check if there is any flickering or not.

Full source code is available on Github here

Hope this tutorial helps you to solve this common problem in RecyclerView in Android.

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Pawneshwer Gupta

Pawneshwer Gupta

Software Developer

Pawneshwer Gupta works as a software engineer who is enthusiastic in creating efficient and innovative software solutions.



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