Home » Android » adb – Push android application to background

adb – Push android application to background

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


Is it possible to push an application to the background through an adb command? I have an application which calls google navigation and I want push google navigation to the background using an adb command. I don’t want to just go back to the home screen, I want make sure the app which called google navigation remains on the foreground. So far I have:

adb shell am force-stop com.google.android.apps.maps

But the above command force stops the process instead of pushing to background.

How to&Answers:

As CommonWare commented, Instead pushing the other app to background you can bring your app to foreground by calling startactivity and by setting appropriate flags.

Intent i = new Intent(context, YourActivity.class);


You can send a Home key event via adb, pressing Home should put an Activity to the background:

adb shell input keyevent 3

from the docs:

public static final int KEYCODE_HOME Added in API level 1

Key code constant: Home key. This key is handled by the framework and
is never delivered to applications. Constant Value: 3 (0x00000003)

possible values: http://developer.android.com/reference/android/view/KeyEvent.html

more to-the-point list:
ADB Shell Input Events


I use appium_liband I write background_app 8 to minimize and have the application running in the background. 8 is the number of seconds you will want to keep it minimized.