Android Shared Preferences String Set
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A Nightmare with Shared Preferences and StringSet

I love using Shared Preferences to cache data just about everywhere in my Android Applications. Little did I know that storing values in a Set of Strings would turn into a nightmare.

Cut the story short to save strings and most of the other data types in Shared Preferences we do this:

And to retrieve we simply use the get methods:

I used the same approach to save content from Notifications created within my application in order to build the Notifications again when the device is rebooted. It looked so simple:

It worked absolutely fine when I added and removed more such data from the Shared Preferences. As soon as I rebooted my testing device. BOOM!

Just a single String value was present in the SharedPreferences.


As mentioned in the documentation:

You must not modify the set instance returned by the getStringSet call. The consistency of the stored data is not guaranteed if you do, nor is your ability to modify the instance at all.


Create a copy of Set<String> every time the getStringSet returns that instance using:

This can save you some precious hours which you’d otherwise spend scratching your head.

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