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Filter out Intents you don"t want to show from a IntentChooser dialog. For example your own app, competing apps or just apps you have a share integration by SDK already :) Based on
// Usage:
// blacklist
String[] blacklist = new String[]{"com.any.package", "net.other.package"};
// your share intent
Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SEND);
intent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_TEXT, "some text");
intent.putExtra(android.content.Intent.EXTRA_SUBJECT, "a subject");
// ... anything else you want to add
// invoke custom chooser
startActivity(generateCustomChooserIntent(intent, blacklist));
// Method:
private Intent generateCustomChooserIntent(Intent prototype, String[] forbiddenChoices) {
List<Intent> targetedShareIntents = new ArrayList<Intent>();
List<HashMap<String, String>> intentMetaInfo = new ArrayList<HashMap<String, String>>();
Intent chooserIntent;
Intent dummy = new Intent(prototype.getAction());
List<ResolveInfo> resInfo = getPackageManager().queryIntentActivities(dummy, 0);
if (!resInfo.isEmpty()) {
for (ResolveInfo resolveInfo : resInfo) {
if (resolveInfo.activityInfo == null || Arrays.asList(forbiddenChoices).contains(resolveInfo.activityInfo.packageName))
HashMap<String, String> info = new HashMap<String, String>();
info.put("packageName", resolveInfo.activityInfo.packageName);
info.put("simpleName", String.valueOf(resolveInfo.activityInfo.loadLabel(getPackageManager())));
if (!intentMetaInfo.isEmpty()) {
// sorting for nice readability
Collections.sort(intentMetaInfo, new Comparator<HashMap<String, String>>() {
public int compare(HashMap<String, String> map, HashMap<String, String> map2) {
return map.get("simpleName").compareTo(map2.get("simpleName"));
// create the custom intent list
for (HashMap<String, String> metaInfo : intentMetaInfo) {
Intent targetedShareIntent = (Intent) prototype.clone();
targetedShareIntent.setClassName(metaInfo.get("packageName"), metaInfo.get("className"));
chooserIntent = Intent.createChooser(targetedShareIntents.remove(targetedShareIntents.size() - 1), getString(R.string.share));
chooserIntent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_INITIAL_INTENTS, targetedShareIntents.toArray(new Parcelable[]{}));
return chooserIntent;
return Intent.createChooser(prototype, getString(R.string.share));

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do not use Arrays.asList() inside loop, you are recreating same list again and again.


Doesn't work for Intent.ACTION_VIEW unfortunately


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Wow man , this helped allot!!!!!! thank you thank you!!!!!!!!


I've created a version of this with a whitelist instead of blacklist, and also cleaned the code in the process:


This line:

info.put("simpleName", String.valueOf(resolveInfo.activityInfo.loadLabel(getPackageManager())));

doesn't always produce the expected label. For example, when using Intent.createChooser() I normally have these options: "ES Save to..." and "Send by LAN". but the above code produces in both cases the label "ES File Explorer". Also, it produces "Picasa Uploader" instead of "Picasa". For Picasa, even the icon is wrong (the generic android icon). What can be done to produce the normal labels and icons in all cases?

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