Service and BOOT_COMPLETED on Android O

berriz
berriz
Aug 10, 2017 · 1 min read
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Starting from Android O, you can not start a service from a background app without being blessed with an exception:

java.lang.IllegalStateException: Not allowed to start service Intent (my_service) : app is in background

If you still need to launch a service at device start up, you can now use the new JobIntentService.


Add your BroadcastReceiver and JobIntentService to your manifest:

Enqueue work for your JobIntentService:

Define your JobIntentService:

And that’s it. This will either directly start the service (when running on pre-O platforms) or enqueue work for it as a job (when running on O and later). No matter what the platform is, everything you pass in enqueueWork will ultimately appears in onHandleWork.


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