Android – Start a service on boot completed
In this article, i will explain how it is possible to launch a service that runs in background when the Androids OS boots.
All the magic is done by the the intent action android.intent.action.BOOT_COMPLETED that Android sends in broadcast when the boot operation is completed.
Of course, to allow our application to catch this action, we have to define our Receiver and use a special permission in our Manifest.
The method onReceive will fire as soon as the intent action BOOT_COMPLETED is catched, and as you can see from the code above, an intent tries to lanch our service defined in the class autoAvvioService.
Inside our service class, we have to focus our attention to the method onStartCommand that fires the service.
In this case it starts an activity and shows a short message on the screen, but of course it could start any other operation like a http request, port listening, etc