More often i wanted to reload an activity to refresh the contents of an page. I have seen many ways to do this in Android world and i always puzzled about the best approach.
However these are some of the approaches that i took . I found the following two approaches a lot cleaner as they kill the existing intent and restart.
Intent intent = getIntent(); finish(); startActivity(intent);
Intent intent = getIntent(); overridePendingTransition(0, 0); intent.addFlags(Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_NO_ANIMATION); finish(); overridePendingTransition(0, 0); startActivity(intent);
Note: The second approach works only from API 5+