React Vesion: 16.13.1

Quick Solution

Simply turn off the strict mode by removing <React.StrictMode> in the index.js file should solve the problem.


Deprecated componentWillMount Method

The componentWillMount method, along with componentWillReceiveProps and componentWillUpdate, will be removed from React 17.0 as they are considered UNSAFE by the React team.

That being said, in the console it will now warn you when you’re using these methods, see the warning message below:

> Warning: componentWillMount has been renamed, and is not recommended for use. See for details.

* Move code with side effects to componentDidMount, and set initial state in the constructor.
* Rename componentWillMount to UNSAFE_componentWillMount to suppress this warning in non-strict mode. In React 17.x, only the UNSAFE_ name will work. To rename all deprecated lifecycles to their new names, you can run `npx react-codemod rename-unsafe-lifecycles` in your project source folder.

I want to get rid of such warning message thus I moved my code inside componentWillMount to the constructor method. This should not make any change to my program as both methods are called before the render() method thus my axios interceptors are binded to the child component beforehand. However, it turns out that the constructor method and componentWillMount method have different behaviours under strict mode, which I finally realised after 30 minutes of debugging (sad story).

Strict Mode

About Strict Mode:

According to the doc,

StrictMode is a tool for highlighting potential problems in an application. Like Fragment, StrictMode does not render any visible UI. It activates additional checks and warnings for its descendants.

One thing strict mode does is that it will run the component render cycle twice to check for potential bugs with your code. Normally, this should be fine, but if you wanna do something inside a constructor method other than setting states, it might cause you a headache. However, my code runs smoothly with Strict Mode on while using componentWillMount because it will only be called once as the component is essentially only mounted once.


According to the React Docs, componentWillMount is considered unsafe, therefore we should try not to use the method, nor the UNSAFE_ version, as doing so will reduce the chance of creating potential bugs. However, be careful about the strict mode when migrating from componentWillMount to constructor, because the constructor method will be called twice.