BroadcastReceiver Vs WakefulBroadcastReceiver

There is only one difference between BroadcastReceiver and WakefulBroadcastReceiver.

When you receive the broadcast inside onReceive() method,


BroadcastReceiver :

  • It is not guaranteed that CPU will stay awake if you initiate some long running process. CPU may go immediately back to sleep.

WakefulBroadcastReceiver :

  • It is guaranteed that CPU will stay awake until you fire completeWakefulIntent.


Here, when you receive broadcast, you are starting a service, as you are using WakefulBroadcastReceiver, it will hold wakelock and won’t let the CPU sleep until you finish the work inside service and fire completeWakefulIntent


public class SimpleWakefulReceiver extends WakefulBroadcastReceiver {
    public void onReceive(Context context, Intent intent) {
        // This is the Intent to deliver to our service.
        Intent service = new Intent(context, SimpleWakefulService.class);

        // Start the service, keeping the device awake while it is launching.
        Log.i("SimpleWakefulReceiver", "Starting service @ " + SystemClock.elapsedRealtime());
        startWakefulService(context, service);

class SimpleWakefulService extends IntentService {
    public SimpleWakefulService() {

    protected void onHandleIntent(Intent intent) {
        // At this point SimpleWakefulReceiver is still holding a wake lock
        // for us.  We can do whatever we need to here and then tell it that
        // it can release the wakelock.  This sample just does some slow work,
        // but more complicated implementations could take their own wake
        // lock here before releasing the receiver's.
        // Note that when using this approach you should be aware that if your
        // service gets killed and restarted while in the middle of such work
        // (so the Intent gets re-delivered to perform the work again), it will
        // at that point no longer be holding a wake lock since we are depending
        // on SimpleWakefulReceiver to that for us.  If this is a concern, you can
        // acquire a separate wake lock here.
        for (int i=0; i<5; i++) {
            Log.i("SimpleWakefulReceiver", "Running service " + (i+1)
                    + "/5 @ " + SystemClock.elapsedRealtime());
            try {
            } catch (InterruptedException e) {
        Log.i("SimpleWakefulReceiver", "Completed service @ " + SystemClock.elapsedRealtime());

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