How to start and stop android service from a adb shell?

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I need to write a shell script to start and stop an android service .

This question is tagged with android service adb

~ Asked on 2011-09-14 12:02:59

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I'm a beginner in Android, but got it working like this:

in AndroidManifest.xml, make sure you, inside <application>, have something like this:

<service android:name="com.some.package.name.YourServiceSubClassName" android:permission="com.some.package.name.YourServiceSubClassName">
    <intent-filter>
        <action android:name="com.some.package.name.YourServiceSubClassName"/>
    </intent-filter>
</service>

where YourServiceSubClassName extend android.app.Service is your java class that is the service. Where com.some.package is the package name, for me both in AndroidManifest.xml and in Java. Used a javabeat.net article as help, look for <service>

Note also, supposedly between the package name and the class name there should be .service. in the text, I guess this is some convention, but for me this caused ClassNotFoundException that I'm yet to solve.

Then, install your apk. I did from eclipse but also adb install -r yourApkHere.apk should work. Uninstall is adb uninstall com.some.package.name, btw.

You can start it from host system like this, thanks Just a Tim and MrRoy:

adb shell am startservice com.some.package.name/.YourServiceSubClassName

interestingly, I didn't need -n.

To stop, I use

adb shell am force-stop com.some.package.name

Hope it helps.

As I'm a beginner, please feel freet to edit/comment to fix any misconceptions (eg. probably regarding .service. in the component (?) name).

~ Answered on 2013-09-09 16:46:47


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Starting a service:

adb shell am startservice ...

start a Service. Options are: --user | current: Specify which user to run as; if not specified then run as the current user.

Stopping a service:

adb shell am stopservice ... 

stop a Service. Options are: --user | current: Specify which user to run as; if not specified then run as the current user.

~ Answered on 2015-03-11 09:43:55


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