Catch fetch error in service helper and alerting users in main React Native app



I am simply looking for best practice where I have a service helper that calls the fetch API and on error (status is not 200) I would like to alert the user with a message he / she can retry / cancel without the main React Native app crashing with a red screen.

I found this article on StackOverflow that seems to give the answer, but I wanted to hear if there is a better way to do this.

Thank you as always,


you can use async/await

async doSomething() {
  try {
    let response = await fetch('someurl');
    let result = await response.json();
    // do something with result
  } catch(e) {

Thank you @notbrent, let me be more specific.

Here is a function in my service helper JS:

export const downloadBubbles = () => {
    const endpoint = `${Config.AWS_UPLOAD_TRANSLATE_LAMBDA_BASE_ENDPOINT}/derivative/downloadBubbles`;
    const api = '/demo/derivative/downloadBubbles';
    logRequestInfoToConsole(api, 'GET', endpoint, null);
    return fetch(endpoint, {
        method: 'GET',
        headers: { 'Content-Type': 'application/json' }
        .then((res) => {
            logResponseInfoToConsole(api, 'GET', res);
            if (res.ok) {
                return res.json();
            } else {
                throw Error('Failed to download bubbles!');
        .catch((err) => {

The main RN app calls the function this way:

try {
  const downloadURNsResult = await downloadBubbles();
  // do something with result
} catch (err) { 
   Alert.alert('Application Error');

My issue is that the main RN app crashes with red screen displaying the console.error message. I’m trying to redirect this to the RN Alert.alert.

Thank you,

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