As a simple method , we can use componentWillUnmount() inside the root component for detect the app is closed. Because Root component Unmount only when app is closed. :)


Just ran into this same issue. The answer that's accepted does not actually do what is asked in the OP.

A hacky solution would be to set a flag on the first screen your application opens when opened fresh and to NOT SHOW THAT SCREEN when the app has just been backgrounded.

Not super elegant and I can't show example code, but it fixes my particular issue.


With @react-native-community/hooks you can use the useAppState hook to check the app state.

When you close the app, it gets a state of unknown once you open it back. When is in background, it says background' or 'inactive'. So when it's unknown` you know the app is opening from being closed, not minimized or in the background.


I suggest to use web socket and it will help you to solve your problem, as following :

react native app

import React from 'react';
const io = require('');

const App = ()=>{
        // connect to web socket
        window.appSocket = io.connect(`<server-origin>/?token=<string>&userAppId=<string>`);
            // do what you line

export default App; 

express server side

const express   = require('express');
const server    = express();
const http      = require('http').Server(server);
const io        = require('')(http);
io.on('connection',(socket)=>{ // this callback function for each web socket connection
    let { token , userAppId } = socket.handshake.query;
    if( userAppId ){ 
        console.log(`${userAppId} online`)
            console.log(`${userAppId} shut down`)

for more details, you can check


Looks like you can detect the previous state and compare it to the next state. You can't detect that the app is closing vs going into the background, from what I can find online, but you can detect if it was inactive (closed), or in the background.

Example from React Native Docs

import React, {Component} from 'react'
import {AppState, Text} from 'react-native'

class AppStateExample extends Component {

  state = {
    appState: AppState.currentState

  componentDidMount() {
    AppState.addEventListener('change', this._handleAppStateChange);

  componentWillUnmount() {
    AppState.removeEventListener('change', this._handleAppStateChange);

  _handleAppStateChange = (nextAppState) => {
    if (this.state.appState.match(/inactive|background/) && nextAppState === 'active') {
      console.log('App has come to the foreground!')
    this.setState({appState: nextAppState});

  render() {
    return (
      <Text>Current state is: {this.state.appState}</Text>


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