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  • Kristian 5:47 pm on October 15, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: android,   

    Get Android deviceId, simple enough…? 

    Turns out it is not as simple as I thought to get a unique device id to identify an Android device in my app. TelephoneManager.getDeviceId() only works if the device has telephone support (of course), ANDROID_ID is apparently buggy on some pre 2.2 devices (some manufacturers always returning the same value, see http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=10603).

    This blogpost on the Android Developers blog describes the issues in more detail:


    I ended up writing a simple factory class to handle this, falling back to a generated id that is stored in SharedPreferences if all above fails:

    public class DeviceIdFactory {
        private static String deviceId;
        private static final String DEVICE_ID = "prefDeviceId";
         * Get unique device id. 
         * First try Settings.Secure.ANDROID_ID. Due to a bug some manufacturers will return the same
         * id for Settings.Secure.ANDROID_ID. 
         * Fallback on TelephonyManager.getDeviceId(), which should return unique device id if telephony is 
         * supported on device.
         * Last fallback generate unique id for this installation and store as SharedPreference.
         * @see http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2011/03/identifying-app-installations.html
         * @see http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=10603
         * @param context
         * @return unique id for this device (might change on factory resets, device upgrade etc)
        public static String getDeviceId(Context context) {
            if (deviceId == null) {
                synchronized (DeviceIdFactory.class) {
                    if (deviceId == null) {
                        SharedPreferences prefs = PreferenceManager.getDefaultSharedPreferences(context);
                        deviceId = prefs.getString(DEVICE_ID, null);
                        if (deviceId == null) {
                            String deviceId = Secure.getString(context.getContentResolver(), Secure.ANDROID_ID); 
                            try {
                                if ("9774d56d682e549c".equals(deviceId)) {
                                    String tmId = ((TelephonyManager) context.getSystemService(Context.TELEPHONY_SERVICE)).getDeviceId();
                                    deviceId = tmId == null ? UUID.randomUUID().toString() : UUID.nameUUIDFromBytes(tmId.getBytes("utf8")).toString();
                                } else {
                                    deviceId = UUID.nameUUIDFromBytes(deviceId.getBytes("utf8")).toString();
                            } catch (UnsupportedEncodingException e) {
                                throw new RuntimeException(e);
                            prefs.edit().putString(DEVICE_ID, deviceId).commit();
            return deviceId;

    Note: requires READ_PHONE_STATE permission

  • Kristian 11:15 pm on October 8, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: java   

    The Java Life Rap Music Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-Cr0EWwaTk

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