While this wasn’t today exactly, I just learned this recently, and it made a difference for something I was working on.

I had been looking around for a way to determine if the component’s state had changed as I expected, mostly doing some debugging and tracing, I discovered that setState is an asynchronous function. The second parameter to setState is a callback function that runs when the state has finished updating.

The discussion at stackoverflow gives a quite detailed explanation, which is great.

In my case, doing a simplistic console.log debugging thing, I ended up with

handleUpdate() {
var payload = {
data: this.state.myData,
other: this.props.someOtherCrap,
return mutate({
variables: payload
.then(response => {
data: response.newData,

There are much better reasons for having that callback, of course, but this is the one I found a need for at the time.

Source: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/42038590/when-to-use-react-setstate-callback