Parag Kadam Parag Kadam - 4 months ago 112
Android Question

Alarm Manager does not work in background on Android 6.0

This is my

Activity
code,

Long time = new GregorianCalendar().getTimeInMillis()+20000;//Setting alarm after 20 sec
Intent intentAlarm = new Intent("alarm");
intentAlarm.addFlags(Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_NEW_TASK);
intentAlarm.putExtra("req_code",10);
PendingIntent pendingIntent = PendingIntent.getBroadcast(context,10, intentAlarm, PendingIntent.FLAG_UPDATE_CURRENT);
AlarmManager alarmManager = (AlarmManager) getSystemService(Context.ALARM_SERVICE);
alarmManager.set(AlarmManager.RTC_WAKEUP, time, pendingIntent);


These are all the permissions that I have in my app,

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.VIBRATE" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.GET_ACCOUNTS"/>
<uses-permission android:name="com.myapp.pack.permission.SET_ALARM"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WAKE_LOCK" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE"/>


This is my
BroadcastReceiver
code,

@Override
public void onReceive(Context context, Intent intent) {
SharedPreferences sharedPreferences =
context.getSharedPreferences( "mydata", Context.MODE_PRIVATE);
SharedPreferences.Editor editor = sharedPreferences.edit();
editor.putBoolean("elligible",true);
editor.apply();

}


I have registered my
BroadcastReceiver
in the manifest,

<receiver android:name="com.myapp.pack.AlarmReciever" android:enabled="true">
<intent-filter>
<action android:name="android.intent.action.BOOT_COMPLETED" />
<action android:name="alarm" />
</intent-filter>
</receiver>


The above code successfully executes the
BroadcastReceiver
on pre-MarshMallow devices in the background ,but on a MarshMallow device ,the
BroadcastReceiver
does not get executed. Does anyone know what could be happening here? Thanks.

Answer

There are a couple of things you can try which, when used in concert, should be able to cut through all of the idle/standby/doze modes (irrespective of OS version).

1. Use a WakefulBroadcastReceiver instead of an ordinary BroadcastReceiver. Make sure you include the WAKE_LOCK permission to use it correctly.

2. Use the setExactAndAllowWhileIdle() method (on API 23 & above) to schedule the Intent for the receiver:

if(Build.VERSION.SDK_INT < 23){
    if(Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= 19){
        setExact(...);
    }
    else{
        set(...);
    }
}
else{
    setExactAndAllowWhileIdle(...);
}

References:

1. Alarm manager for background services.

2. A flowchart for background work, alarms, and your Android app.