Can’t get custom Object from Firestore

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I’m trying to create a custom object from a document in the Firebase Firestore. Whenever I try to use the User object, I get a NullPointerException on the user object:

static FirebaseAuth fAuth = FirebaseAuth.getInstance();
static FirebaseFirestore fStore = FirebaseFirestore.getInstance();
static User user;

public static void  getUserFromFirebaseUser() {
        DocumentReference docRef = fStore.collection("users").document(fAuth.getCurrentUser().getUid());
        docRef.get().addOnCompleteListener(new OnCompleteListener<DocumentSnapshot>() {
            public void onComplete(@NonNull Task<DocumentSnapshot> task) {
                if (task.isSuccessful()) {
                    user = task.getResult().toObject(User.class);
                    Log.d("STACKOVERFLOW", "user created");
                    System.out.println("Success : " + user.getShortEmail());
                } else {Log.d("STACKOVERFLOW", "user not created");}

I call getUserFromFirebaseUser here:

public static void updateFirestoreDatabase(// my data) {

        Log.d("STACKOVERFLOW", "before getUserFromFirebaseUser() call");
        Log.d("STACKOVERFLOW", "after getUserFromFirebaseUser() call");

        System.out.print(user.getShortEmail()); // This errors out.

       // update Firestore

Java.lang.NullPointerException: Attempt to invoke virtual method 'java.lang.String com.bertcooperlab.sam51.User.getShortEmail()' on a null object reference

Here is the User class:

public class User {
    private String shortEmail;
    private int companyNumber;

    public User () {}

     public User (String email, int companyNumber) {
        this.shortEmail = email.substring(0, email.indexOf('@'));
        this.companyNumber = companyNumber;

    public String getShortEmail() {
        return shortEmail;

    public int getCompanyNumber() {
        return companyNumber;

I’m relatively new to using Firebase with Android. Any help is appreciated.

EDIT I’ve added Log statements to the onComplete() method and surrounding the getUserFromFirebaseUser() call in updateFirestoreDatabase().

D/STACKOVERFLOW: before getUserFromFirebaseUser() call
D/STACKOVERFLOW: after getUserFromFirebaseUser() call
D/AndroidRuntime: Shutting down VM
E/AndroidRuntime: FATAL EXCEPTION: main
    Process: com.bertcooperlab.sam51, PID: 3521
    java.lang.NullPointerException: Attempt to invoke virtual method 'java.lang.String com.bertcooperlab.sam51.User.getShortEmail()' on a null object reference

So, I think the onCompleteListener is not able to finish


You are trying to use user.getShortEmail() while user is null. That’s because user hasn’t yet been assigned a value. This is becasue docRef.get().addOnCompleteListener() is asynchronous and returns immediately, before the query is complete. If you put logs around and inside the callback, it will become more clear in what order things are actually happening.

You’re probably going to have to take up some form of asynchronous programming. In modern android, that’s going to be Kotlin coroutines or LiveData, and your code will look very little like it does now.

Source: stackoverflow