Find out if alert over active view

Hi everyone,

I’m working on a Ionic 2 app and currently I’m implementing an alert to ask if the user really indends to leave the app when the back button is pressed.

I check if it can go back, if not, I pop up the alert.

      this.platform.registerBackButtonAction(() => {
          // In here, check if there's an alert already open
          if(this.alert) {
            this.alert = null;

Altough it all works fine, when there is already an alert on screen and I press the back button, the page on top dismisses but the alert stays there and my “closing app alert” overlays it.

I`m looking for a way to find out if there’s a alert already over the top page so in this case I do not do anything.

I know I could have a global alert variable or go over all my pages adding an alert dismiss on ionViewWillLeave() but I wonder if there’s a better way to do that, with viewController for example.


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With that code, you close any overlay (alert, popover, modal), any page if there is a previous page.and move the app in background if there is no previous page :

  constructor(public platform: Platform, public app: App) {

      platform.registerBackButtonAction(() => {
        let nav = app._appRoot._getActivePortal() || app.getActiveNav();
        let activeView = nav.getActive();

        if (activeView != null) {
          if (nav.canGoBack()) {
          } else if(activeView.isOverlay) {
          } else {

I do not use that code in production for the moment but I tested it with an Alert, modal page and popover and that did the job but I still have to test it with a loader (I fear it closes the loader even if you do not want to) and I will have to find a trick for that.

So check if it works for you and feel free to improve and share the code :slight_smile:


Thanks, man! I will check it out.

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thank you very much, it was very helpful!!!

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Thank You iborik, it was helful

that was perfect.thanks alot.
bugs i had.
1)showing alert messages on top of existing one,if press hardware backbutton multiple times.
2)had a filter page which have issue with the alert message on pressing the hardware back button.
anyway both are cleared now.thanks to you.