Flutter/Dart – The method ‘setStringList’ was called on null


i am new in programming. i try a few simple things but i have a error where i can’t get any further. so here is the NoSuchMethodError i got:

The method ‘setStringList’ was called on null.
Receiver: null
Tried calling: setStringList("title", Instance(length:1) of ‘_GrowableList’)

I will now show you the code where I think the error is:

import 'dart:collection';
import 'dart:convert';
import 'package:flutter/material.dart';
import 'package:shared_preferences/shared_preferences.dart';

import 'package:pro_todo/models/task.dart';

class TodosModel extends ChangeNotifier {
  List<Task> _tasks = [];
  SharedPreferences sharedPreferences;

  saveSharedPreferences() async {
    sharedPreferences = await SharedPreferences.getInstance();

  UnmodifiableListView<Task> get allTasks => UnmodifiableListView(_tasks);
  UnmodifiableListView<Task> get incompleteTasks =>
      UnmodifiableListView(_tasks.where((task) => !task.completed));
  UnmodifiableListView<Task> get completedTasks =>
      UnmodifiableListView(_tasks.where((task) => task.completed));

  void addTodo(Task task) {

  void toggleTodo(Task task) {
    final taskIndex = _tasks.indexOf(task);

  void deleteTodo(Task task) {

  void saveData() {
    List<String> spList =
        _tasks.map((task) => json.encode(task.toMap())).toList();
    sharedPreferences.setStringList('title', spList);

  void loadData() {
    List<String> spList = sharedPreferences.getStringList('task');
    _tasks = spList.map((task) => Task.fromMap(json.decode(task))).toList();

at void saveData => sharedPreferences.setStringList(‘title’, spList) ist the error. if i mark it as a comment the program didn’t gave me any error but it also won’t saved the data.

i think to understand the _tasks list you need to see this code:

import 'package:flutter/material.dart';

class Task {
  String title;
  bool completed;

  Task({@required this.title, this.completed = false});

  void toggleCompleted() {
    completed = !completed;

  Task.fromMap(Map map)
      : this.title = map['title'],
        this.completed = map['completed'];

  Map toMap() {
    return {
      'title': this.title,
      'completed': this.completed,

and this is the method to call the addTask method:

void onAdd() {
    final String textVal = taskTitleController.text;
    final bool completed = completedStatus;
    if (textVal.isNotEmpty) {
      final Task task = Task(
        title: textVal,
        completed: completed,
      Provider.of<TodosModel>(context, listen: false).addTodo(task);

i hope anyone can help and thank you in advance!

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One Reply to “Flutter/Dart – The method ‘setStringList’ was called on null”

  • Hi, this worked for me

    setListData(String key, List value) async {
    SharedPreferences myPrefs = await SharedPreferences.getInstance();
    myPrefs.setStringList(key, value);

    I called it with
    setListData(key, destList);

    final key = ‘dest_key’;
    List destList = [];

    I populated destList by calling shPref(); from initState where shPref(); is

    void shPref() async {

    destList = [];

    SharedPreferences sharedPreference = await SharedPreferences.getInstance();
    List sharedPreferenceMessages = [];

    sharedPreferenceMessages = sharedPreference.getStringList(key) ?? [];
    sharedPreferenceMessages.forEach((element) {

    setState(() {
    destList.sort((a, b) => a.toString().compareTo(b.toString()));

    hope it helps