Vlad Bogdan Vlad Bogdan - 10 months ago 59
Android Question

Handle GoogleFit in background in Android App

I am trying to connect my app to Google Fit. I am using an IntentService that needs to do the following things. Gets started when I have information about steps. At this point I am trying to create the GoogleApiClient by calling the following code:

mClient = new GoogleApiClient.Builder(this)
.addScope(new Scope(Scopes.FITNESS_ACTIVITY_READ_WRITE))
.addScope(new Scope(Scopes.FITNESS_LOCATION_READ_WRITE))
new GoogleApiClient.ConnectionCallbacks() {
public void onConnected(Bundle bundle) {
log.info("FITNESS_API: Connected!!!");
Thread thread = new Thread(new Runnable() {
public void run() {


public void onConnectionSuspended(int i) {
// If your connection to the sensor gets lost at some point,
// you'll be able to determine the reason and react to it here.
if (i == GoogleApiClient.ConnectionCallbacks.CAUSE_NETWORK_LOST) {
log.info("FITNESS_API: Connection lost. Cause: Network Lost.");
} else if (i == GoogleApiClient.ConnectionCallbacks.CAUSE_SERVICE_DISCONNECTED) {
log.info("FITNESS_API: Connection lost. Reason: Service Disconnected");


After creating a DataSet and adding the steps details as DataPoint elemnets, I sync the information to Google Fit and close the GoogleApiClient with:

com.google.android.gms.common.api.Status insertStatus =
Fitness.HistoryApi.insertData(mClient, dataSet).await(1, TimeUnit.MINUTES);

// Before querying the data, check to see if the insertion succeeded.
if (!insertStatus.isSuccess()) {
log.info("FITNESS_API: There was a problem inserting the dataset. Status = " + insertStatus.getStatusCode());

mClient = null;

The problem is that by trying to manage the GoogleApiClient on my own (without enableAutoManage), I don't get prompted to allow the app to post data to Google Fit. This behaviour changes if I use enableAutoManage when creating the GoogleApiClient. However, in order to enableAutoManage for the client, I need to have a ActivityFragment due to the parameters required by enableAutoManage. I don't have access to an ActivityFragment in the IntentyService and I do want to keep the management of the client and the insert action in a separate service which can run in the background.

Also when I don't use enableAutoManage even though I have registered the connect callback for the GoogleApiClient nothing happens.

How can I ensure that my application prompts the user to allow the app to post to Google Fit? I need this to happen if the app doesn't have permission to post in Google Fit when the user opens the app. Any ideas? Thank you.

Answer Source

I have found the solution.

If you don't want to use "enableAutoManage", you need to register onConnectionFailed method like this:

public void onConnectionFailed(ConnectionResult connectionResult) {
    if( !authInProgress ) {
        try {
            authInProgress = true;
            connectionResult.startResolutionForResult( MainActivity.this, REQUEST_OAUTH );
        } catch(IntentSender.SendIntentException e ) {

    } else {
        Log.e( "GoogleFit", "authInProgress" );

This will present the dialog.