How to Create a Service that makes App Always Runs In a Background

How to Create a Service that Makes App Always Runs In a Background ?

While Developing a Flutter Mobile Application it may happen that we need to perform a separate operation for Foreground and Background. So in this article, we will discuss How to Create a Service that makes App Always Runs In a Background?

How to Create a Service that makes App Always Runs In a Background?

There isn’t a way to do this directly from flutter right now although that may change at some point – see this bug/feature request. You do have a couple of options though.

The first is to use MethodChannels and simply write the android code you want to create a background service (or if you want it to always be a background service you can probably do that without needing communication from the flutter side).

The second is some combination of these two plugins – android_alarm_manager and android_intent. But that won’t help with all use-cases.

Create a New Flutter project.

  • Create BroadcastReceiver class beside MainActivity in android dir.
  • Change and main.dart and AndroidManifest.xml like this


package com.example.flutter_broadcastreceiver_alarmmanager_repeat;
  import android.content.BroadcastReceiver;
  import android.content.Context;
  import android.content.Intent;
  public class MyReceiver extends BroadcastReceiver {
      public void onReceive(Context context, Intent intent) {

MainActivity will have a code snippet like below:

package com.example.flutter_broadcastreceiver_alarmmanager_repeat;

import android.content.Intent;
import android.os.Bundle;
import io.flutter.plugin.common.MethodChannel;
import io.flutter.plugins.GeneratedPluginRegistrant;
import io.flutter.view.FlutterView;

public class MainActivity extends FlutterActivity {

    private PendingIntent pendingIntent;
    private AlarmManager alarmManager;
    private static  FlutterView flutterView;
    private static final String CHANNEL = "com.tarazgroup";

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {


        Intent intent = new Intent(this, MyReceiver.class);
        pendingIntent = PendingIntent.getBroadcast(this, 1019662, intent, 0);
        alarmManager = (AlarmManager) getSystemService(ALARM_SERVICE);
        alarmManager.setInexactRepeating(AlarmManager.RTC_WAKEUP, System.currentTimeMillis(), 1000, pendingIntent);


    protected void onDestroy() {

    static void callFlutter(){
        MethodChannel methodChannel=new MethodChannel(flutterView, CHANNEL);
        methodChannel.invokeMethod("I say hello every minute!!","");

Our Main.dart will have a code snippet like the below:

import 'package:flutter/material.dart';
import 'package:flutter/services.dart';

void main() => runApp(MyApp());

class MyApp extends StatelessWidget {
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return MaterialApp(
      title: 'Flutter Demo',
      theme: ThemeData(
      home: MyHomePage(),

class MyHomePage extends StatefulWidget {
  MyHomePage({Key key}) : super(key: key);

  _MyHomePageState createState() => _MyHomePageState();

class _MyHomePageState extends State<MyHomePage> {

  static const methodChannel = const MethodChannel('com.tarazgroup');

  _MyHomePageState() {
    methodChannel.setMethodCallHandler((call) {

  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return Scaffold(
      appBar: AppBar(
      body: Container()

We also need to make changes in AndroidManifest.xml like the below:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest xmlns:android=""


                android:value="true" />

                <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />

                <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />

        <receiver android:name=".MyReceiver"></receiver>



There is also a plugin called background_fetch

Background Fetch is a very simple plugin that will awaken an app in the background about every 15 minutes, providing a short period of background running-time. This plugin will execute your provided callbackFn whenever a background-fetch event occurs.


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Nirali Patel

Written by Nirali Patel

Nirali Patel is a dedicated Flutter developer with over two years of experience, specializing in creating seamless mobile applications using Dart. With a passion for crafting user-centric solutions, Nirali combines technical proficiency with innovative thinking to push the boundaries of mobile app development.

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