Android: Keep Service Running When App Is Killed

Cannot keep android service alive after app is closed

Here is an example of foreground service that I use and that works, it remains active when the app is closed. Of course, it also must be started, and for that task the app must be running at a first glance, or a receiver of a boot event must be set, but this is another story.

public class MyService extends Service {
static final int NOTIFICATION_ID = 543;

public static boolean isServiceRunning = false;

public void onCreate() {

public int onStartCommand(Intent intent, int flags, int startId) {
if (intent != null && intent.getAction().equals(C.ACTION_START_SERVICE)) {
else stopMyService();

// In case the service is deleted or crashes some how
public void onDestroy() {
isServiceRunning = false;

public IBinder onBind(Intent intent) {
// Used only in case of bound services.
return null;

void startServiceWithNotification() {
if (isServiceRunning) return;
isServiceRunning = true;

Intent notificationIntent = new Intent(getApplicationContext(), MyActivity.class);
notificationIntent.setAction(C.ACTION_MAIN); // A string containing the action name
notificationIntent.setFlags(Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_NEW_TASK | Intent.FLAG_ACTIVITY_CLEAR_TASK);
PendingIntent contentPendingIntent = PendingIntent.getActivity(this, 0, notificationIntent, 0);

Bitmap icon = BitmapFactory.decodeResource(getResources(), R.drawable.my_icon);

Notification notification = new NotificationCompat.Builder(this)
.setLargeIcon(Bitmap.createScaledBitmap(icon, 128, 128, false))
// .setDeleteIntent(contentPendingIntent) // if needed
notification.flags = notification.flags | Notification.FLAG_NO_CLEAR; // NO_CLEAR makes the notification stay when the user performs a "delete all" command
startForeground(NOTIFICATION_ID, notification);

void stopMyService() {
isServiceRunning = false;

Then I run it with

    Intent startIntent = new Intent(getApplicationContext(), MyService.class);

Please note the two constants used as Actions, these are Strings that must start with the package name.

How can i keep background android services running when app killed or closed

You can't, not on modern versions of Android. You can make a foreground service which is the least likely thing to be killed (outside of the foreground app), but you can't count on it not being killed. Instead write your code so that it doesn't need to- mainly by using WorkManager for triggered background work. Unless you're writing a server, in which case I'd say that you should use another OS, Android isn't suitable.

For messages from a server like you mentioned, I'd use FCM push messaging rather than a long lived direct server connection.

Android Service required to run in background until the app is killed

You can use a bound Service. The Service will stop after all the bound clients disconnect. Your Activity binds to the Service and when your Activity is killed or finished, you unbind and the Service stops. If Android kills off the Activity, the bound connection is also shut down and your Service will stop.

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