"java.lang.SecurityException: Permission Denial: starting Intent" sending an email on Android

I have an alertDialogBuilder that creates an Intent to send an email.

It worked well but since last week it stopped to work and is giving the following error:

java.lang.SecurityException: Permission Denial: starting Intent

I am using the same device all the time with Android versión 4.4.2 and on my gradle I am supporting the following versions:

minSdkVersion 16
targetSdkVersion 23

My code is:

alertDialogBuilder
    .setMessage("Do you want to send an email to " + getString(R.string.companyName) + "?")
    .setCancelable(false)
    .setPositiveButton("Send",new DialogInterface.OnClickListener() {
          public void onClick(DialogInterface dialog,int id) {

                Intent gmail = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SEND);
                gmail.setClassName("com.google.android.gm","com.google.android.gm.ComposeActivityGmail");
                gmail.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_EMAIL, new String[] { "myEmail@email.com" });
                gmail.setData(Uri.parse("myEmail@email.com"));
                gmail.setType("plain/text");
                startActivity(gmail);
          }
    })
    .setNegativeButton("Cancel",new DialogInterface.OnClickListener() {
            public void onClick(DialogInterface dialog, int id) {
                   dialog.cancel();
            }
    });

I know that there are two questions directly related with this question:

but I could not solve my problem with none of them. I also does not understand why it worked one week ago and now it stopped to work. I did not make any changes on Gmail application on my device and I have it installed on the device too.

What am I missing? I can paste the full stacktrace if required, I have put only the error name to reduce the size of the question.

EDIT: My error stacktrace is the following:

12-27 17:38:15.507 7816-7816/com.project.user.product E/AndroidRuntime: FATAL EXCEPTION: main
         Process: com.project.user.product, PID: 7816
         java.lang.SecurityException: Permission Denial: starting Intent { act=android.intent.action.SEND typ=plain/text cmp=com.google.android.gm/.ComposeActivityGmail (has extras) } from ProcessRecord{428b7c68 7816:com.project.user.product/u0a107} (pid=7816, uid=10107) not exported from uid 10048
             at android.os.Parcel.readException(Parcel.java:1472)
             at android.os.Parcel.readException(Parcel.java:1426)
             at android.app.ActivityManagerProxy.startActivity(ActivityManagerNative.java:2222)
             at android.app.Instrumentation.execStartActivity(Instrumentation.java:1425)
             at android.app.Activity.startActivityForResult(Activity.java:3480)
             at android.app.Activity.startActivityForResult(Activity.java:3432)
             at android.support.v4.app.FragmentActivity.startActivityForResult(FragmentActivity.java:842)
             at android.app.Activity.startActivity(Activity.java:3683)
             at android.app.Activity.startActivity(Activity.java:3651)
             at com.project.user.product.LoginActivity$7$2.onClick(LoginActivity.java:284)
             at android.support.v7.app.AlertController$ButtonHandler.handleMessage(AlertController.java:157)
             at android.os.Handler.dispatchMessage(Handler.java:110)
             at android.os.Looper.loop(Looper.java:193)
             at android.app.ActivityThread.main(ActivityThread.java:5333)
             at java.lang.reflect.Method.invokeNative(Native Method)
             at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:515)
             at com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit$MethodAndArgsCaller.run(ZygoteInit.java:828)
             at com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit.main(ZygoteInit.java:644)
             at dalvik.system.NativeStart.main(Native Method)

Thanks in advance!


ANSWERS:


gmail.setClassName("com.google.android.gm","com.google.andro‌​id.gm.ComposeActivit‌​yGmail");

This statement says that your app requires that the user use Gmail, and more specifically, that the user use some older version of Gmail. Hence, your code does not support:

  • Users of devices where Gmail simply is not installed (which may or may not be a possibility, depending upon your app distribution channels)

  • Users of devices where they do not have access to Gmail (e.g., secondary device users)

  • Users of devices where they have Gmail disabled, because they use some other email account (e.g., me)

  • Users of devices where they have Gmail available, but do not normally use it or would prefer not to use it for this particular situation

  • Users of devices with a current version of Gmail, as com.google.andro‌​id.gm.ComposeActivit‌​yGmail is no longer available for direct launch by third-party apps, such as yours

The latter point is what is leading to your exception.

So, delete that statement. Also:

  • plain/text is not a valid MIME type. Use text/plain. Or, better yet, get rid of gmail.setType("plain/text"); entirely, as you are not using EXTRA_TEXT or EXTRA_STREAM, and that is what the MIME type of an ACTION_SEND Intent is tied to.

  • Delete gmail.setData(Uri.parse("myEmail@email.com"));, as ACTION_SEND does not use the data facet of the Intent.



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