Using Google Play Services LocationClient in background service

My app is designed to track user’s location periodically and send it to server, Recently I changed my code with Google play services Location API.

I created the locationclient and connected to the service in onStartCommand

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  • public int onStartCommand(Intent intent, int flags, int startId) {
        if(!mLocationClient.isConnected() || !mLocationClient.isConnecting())
        return START_STICKY;

    and in onConnected method, I send a location request,

    public void onConnected(Bundle arg0) {
        System.out.println("Connected ...");
        mLocationClient.requestLocationUpdates(REQUEST, this);

    The REQUEST object is,

     private static final LocationRequest REQUEST = LocationRequest.create()
          .setInterval(5*60*1000)      // 5 minutes
          .setFastestInterval(3*60*1000) // 3 minutes

    Now the issue is,

    1. the onLocationChanged method is not getting called at the given interval i.e 5 minutes or the fastest interval 3 minutes. From the log I could see, its getting called only twice or thrice after that its not getting called at all ( I checked after 1 hour).

    What is the issue with my above code?. ( I couldnt see any log for ‘disconnected’ also)

    1. To solve this, I tried to use alarmmanager to call the task periodically. Now how to get a single location update through Locationclient from a broadcastreceiver. (locationclient.getLastlocation() only return last stored location but it is not requesting a new location)

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  • One Solution collect form web for “Using Google Play Services LocationClient in background service”

    Full source code for a background service available here:

    Try adding the super call to your onStartCommand.

     * Keeps the service running even after the app is closed.
    public int onStartCommand (Intent intent, int flags, int startId)
        super.onStartCommand(intent, flags, startId);
        if(!mLocationClient.isConnected() || !mLocationClient.isConnecting())
        return START_STICKY;
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