How Do I Integrate a Deep Link App on Android?

Android, Android Apps

Integrating a deep link app on Android can significantly enhance user experience and streamline navigation within your application. Deep linking allows users to seamlessly transition from one app to another, or even specific sections within an app, by simply clicking on a link. This tutorial will guide you through the process of integrating a deep link app on Android, so let’s dive in!

Understanding Deep Linking

Before we jump into the integration process, let’s quickly understand what deep linking is. Deep linking is a technique that enables users to navigate directly to specific content within an app, instead of being redirected to the app’s homepage or landing page. It eliminates the need for users to manually search and navigate through the app to find the desired content.

Deep links are URLs that are associated with specific activities or screens within your Android app. When a user clicks on a deep link, it triggers an intent that opens up your app and directs the user to the desired location or action.


Before we proceed with integrating a deep link app on Android, make sure you have the following:

  • An Android project: Create an Android project in Android Studio or use an existing one.
  • An activity: You need at least one activity in your Android project to handle deep links.

Steps for Integrating a Deep Link App

Step 1: Declare Deep Links in Manifest File

The first step is to declare your deep links in the AndroidManifest.xml file of your project. Open this file and add an intent filter for each deep link URL you want to handle.

<activity android:name=".YourActivity">
        <action android:name="android.intent.action.VIEW" />
        <category android:name="android.category.DEFAULT" />
        <category android:name="android.BROWSABLE" />
        <data android:scheme="http"
              android:pathPrefix="/product" />

In the above code snippet, we declared a deep link with the scheme “http”, host “”, and path prefix “/product”. This means that any URLs starting with “” will be handled by our app’s activity.

Step 2: Handle Deep Links in Your Activity

Once you have declared your deep links in the manifest file, it’s time to handle them in your activity. Open the activity file that corresponds to your deep link and override the onCreate() method.

protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    // Get the intent that started this activity
    Intent intent = getIntent();
    // Extract data from the intent (e.g., URI, query parameters)
    Uri deepLinkUri = intent.getData();
    // Handle the deep link based on extracted data
    if (deepLinkUri != null) {
        // Perform necessary actions or navigate to specific screens
        // based on extracted data from the deep link
        // Example: Display product details based on productId
        String productId = deepLinkUri.getQueryParameter("productId");
        if (productId != null) {
            // Display product details using productId

In the above code snippet, we retrieve the intent that started our activity and extract the deep link URI from it. We then handle the deep link by performing necessary actions or navigating to specific screens based on the extracted data.

Testing Deep Links

Once you have integrated deep links into your Android app, it’s crucial to test them thoroughly. Here are a few ways to test your deep links:

  • Test with URL: Manually enter the deep link URL in a web browser or messaging app and check if it opens your app correctly.
  • Test with ADB: Use ADB (Android Debug Bridge) commands to trigger deep links from your computer. For example: adb shell am start -W -a android.VIEW -d ""
  • Test with App Links Assistant: If you have Android Studio, you can use the App Links Assistant tool to test and validate your deep links.


You have successfully integrated a deep link app on Android. By incorporating this powerful feature into your app, you provide users with a seamless and efficient way to navigate through different sections or content within your application.

Remember to thoroughly test your deep links across different scenarios and devices to ensure a smooth user experience. Now go ahead and implement deep linking in your Android app!