How to Start an Application at Device Bootup in Android

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Nilanchala,  2 min read,  updated on January 11, 2024

This tutorial will explain how to start an application while the Android device bootup. For this, we need to listen to the BOOT_COMPLETED action and react to it. The BOOT_COMPLETED is a Broadcast Action that is broadcast once after the system has finished booting. You can listen to this action by creating a BroadcastReceiver that then starts your launch Activity when it receives an intent with the BOOT_COMPLETED action.

Here's a step-by-step guide:

Add permission to your manifest

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED" />

Create a Custom BroadcastReceiver

Secondly, create a custom BroadcastReceiver in your project to receive boot up event.

import android.content.BroadcastReceiver;
import android.content.Context;
import android.content.Intent;

public class BootReceiver extends BroadcastReceiver{

	public void onReceive(Context context, Intent intent) {
		Intent i = new Intent(context, MainActivity.class);  

Adding BroadCastReceiver to the Android Manifest

<receiver android:name=".BootReceiver" android:enabled="true" 
        <action android:name="android.intent.action.BOOT_COMPLETED" />
        <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />

Install the application, and then restart the device. You can see the application will start after the device restarts.