Android how to stop refreshing Fragments on tab change

By default, ViewPager recreates the fragments when you swipe the page. To prevent this, you can try one of three things:

1. In the onCreate() of your fragments, call setRetainInstance(true).

2. If the number of fragments is fixed & relatively small, then in your onCreate() add the following code:

mViewPager = (ViewPager)findViewById(;
mViewPager.setOffscreenPageLimit(limit);         /* limit is a fixed integer*/

3. Use a FragmentPagerAdapter as part of your ViewPager.

If I remember correctly, the second option is more promising. But I urge you to try all three and see which of them work.

one has to instance the FragmentPagerAdapter first, then .getCount() will return a value –

while .getCount() - 1 should be set as the default off-screen limit:

TabsPagerAdapter adapter = new TabsPagerAdapter(getSupportFragmentManager());

/* the ViewPager requires a minimum of 1 as OffscreenPageLimit */
int limit = (adapter.getCount() > 1 ? adapter.getCount() - 1 : 1);

ViewPager viewPager = (ViewPager) findViewById(;

you can handle view recreation by check if the view is null or not

public class FragmentExample extends Fragment {

    private View rootView;

    public FragmentExample() {}

public View onCreateView(final LayoutInflater inflater, final ViewGroup container, final Bundle savedInstanceState) {

    if (rootView == null) {

        rootView = inflater.inflate(R.layout.fragment_example_layout, container, false);

        // Initialise your layout here

    } else {
        ((ViewGroup) rootView.getParent()).removeView(rootView);

    return rootView;