Service Intent must be explicit: Intent

I have an app some time now in which I call a service through a broadcast receiver (MyStartupIntentReceiver). The code in the broadcast receiver in order to call the service is:

public void onReceive(Context context, Intent intent) {
    Intent serviceIntent = new Intent();

The problem is that in Android 5.0 Lollipop I get the following error (in previous versions of Android, everything works ok):

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    What do I have to change in order for the service to be declared as explicit and start normally? Tried some answers in other similar threads but although i got rid of the message, the service wouldn’t start.

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  • 5 Solutions collect form web for “Service Intent must be explicit: Intent”

    any intent you make to a service, activity etc. in your app should always follow this format

    Intent serviceIntent = new Intent(context,MyService.class);


    Intent bi = new Intent("");

    implicit intents (what you have in your code currently) are considered a security risk

    Set your packageName works.


    For lazy people like me just use

    public static Intent createExplicitFromImplicitIntent(Context context, Intent implicitIntent) {
        // Retrieve all services that can match the given intent
        PackageManager pm = context.getPackageManager();
        List<ResolveInfo> resolveInfo = pm.queryIntentServices(implicitIntent, 0);
    // Make sure only one match was found
    if (resolveInfo == null || resolveInfo.size() != 1) {
        return null;
    // Get component info and create ComponentName
    ResolveInfo serviceInfo = resolveInfo.get(0);
    String packageName = serviceInfo.serviceInfo.packageName;
    String className =;
    ComponentName component = new ComponentName(packageName, className);
    // Create a new intent. Use the old one for extras and such reuse
    Intent explicitIntent = new Intent(implicitIntent);
    // Set the component to be explicit
    return explicitIntent;


    send context and your intent in this method and get result intent to use.

    Convert implicit intent to explicit intent then fire start service.

            Intent implicitIntent = new Intent();
            Context context = getApplicationContext();
            Intent explicitIntent = convertImplicitIntentToExplicitIntent(implicitIntent, context);
            if(explicitIntent != null){
        public static Intent convertImplicitIntentToExplicitIntent(Intent implicitIntent, Context context) {
                PackageManager pm = context.getPackageManager();
                List<ResolveInfo> resolveInfoList = pm.queryIntentServices(implicitIntent, 0);
                if (resolveInfoList == null || resolveInfoList.size() != 1) {
                    return null;
                ResolveInfo serviceInfo = resolveInfoList.get(0);
                ComponentName component = new ComponentName(serviceInfo.serviceInfo.packageName,;
                Intent explicitIntent = new Intent(implicitIntent);
                return explicitIntent;

    Try this. it works for me. Here MonitoringService is my service class. I have two action, which indicate service to stop or start. I send that value from my broadcast receiver depend on AIRPLANE_MODE_CHANGED.

    public void onReceive(Context context, Intent intent) {   
        String action = intent.getAction();
             boolean isOn = intent.getBooleanExtra("state", false);
             String serviceAction = isOn? MonitoringService.StopAction : MonitoringService.StartAction;
             Intent serviceIntent = new Intent(context, MonitoringService.class);

    NOTE: I add following code to trigger my broadcast receiver named: ManageLocationListenerReceiver.

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