Resolved Stop NSTimer when leaving view

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  1. Theclamshell, Jun 7, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2014

    Theclamshell macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009
    I am working on something that will take data from a website every time the counter counts down. The issue is that I want the counter to stop when the user leaves the view and not keep retrieving data. I have been trying to add this in,
    [timername invalidate];
    to no avail. Can someone tell me what I need to do so the timer stops when the view is left and re-starts from new when someone goes back to the view?


    #import "Price.h"
    @interface Price ()
    @property (strong, nonatomic) IBOutlet UILabel *priceLabel;
    @property (strong, nonatomic) IBOutlet UILabel *countdownLabel;
    @implementation Price
    int counter;
    - (id)initWithNibName:(NSString *)nibNameOrNil bundle:(NSBundle *)nibBundleOrNil
        self = [super initWithNibName:nibNameOrNil bundle:nibBundleOrNil];
        if (self) {
            // Custom initialization
        return self;
    - (void)viewDidLoad
        [super viewDidLoad];
    	// Do any additional setup after loading the view.
        counter = 10;
        [NSTimer scheduledTimerWithTimeInterval:1.0 target:(self) selector:@selector(countdown) userInfo:nil repeats:YES];
    - (void)didReceiveMemoryWarning
        [super didReceiveMemoryWarning];
        // Dispose of any resources that can be recreated.
        NSURL *url = [NSURL URLWithString:@"myURL"];
        NSURLRequest *request = [NSURLRequest requestWithURL:url];
        [NSURLConnection sendAsynchronousRequest:request queue:[NSOperationQueue mainQueue] completionHandler:^(NSURLResponse *response, NSData *data, NSError *error)
             if (error ==nil){
                 NSDictionary *spotPrice = [NSJSONSerialization JSONObjectWithData:data options:0 error:NULL]
                 self.priceLabel.text = [[[spotPrice objectForKey:@"amount"] stringByAppendingString:@" "]stringByAppendingString:[spotPrice objectForKey:@"currency"]];
        self.countdownLabel.text = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"%d", counter];
        if (counter == 0){
            counter = 15;
            [self getPrice];
  2. Paulie87 macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2014
    Use viewWillDisappear: method to stop the timer, and then viewWillAppear: method to restart the timer :)
  3. Theclamshell thread starter macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009
    Thank You. Those worked fine for me. I actually also found a flaw in my counter which I fixed and it fulfills it's purpose much better now. Thank you.
  4. Paulie87 macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2014

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