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alarmmanager – Android Alarm manager working, but delayed

Posted by: admin May 14, 2020 Leave a comment


I would like to make a delay(10 min) for user then after it, user can edit something.

to do this,I created a setAlarm function :

public void setAlarm(Context context,int user,int time) {
   AlarmManager am = (AlarmManager) context.getSystemService(Context.ALARM_SERVICE);
   Intent intent = new Intent(context, sef_time.class);
   intent.putExtra(ONE_TIME, Boolean.FALSE);
   PendingIntent pi = PendingIntent.getBroadcast(context, 0, intent, 0);
   am.set(AlarmManager.RTC, 1000*60*time , pi); 

everything works fine, but my alarm manager has a delay.
for example:

setAlarm(.....,int 10);

It has a delay : 00:10:03 second or 00:10:10 second 00:10:20 second !

where is my wrong ?

How to&Answers:

As you can see here:

Beginning in API 19, the trigger time passed to this method is treated
as inexact: the alarm will not be delivered before this time, but may
be deferred and delivered some time later. The OS will use this policy
in order to “batch” alarms together across the entire system,
minimizing the number of times the device needs to “wake up” and
minimizing battery use. In general, alarms scheduled in the near
future will not be deferred as long as alarms scheduled far in the

With the new batching policy, delivery ordering guarantees are not as
strong as they were previously. If the application sets multiple
alarms, it is possible that these alarms’ actual delivery ordering may
not match the order of their requested delivery times. If your
application has strong ordering requirements there are other APIs that
you can use to get the necessary behavior; see setWindow(int, long,
long, PendingIntent) and setExact(int, long, PendingIntent).

Applications whose targetSdkVersion is before API 19 will continue to
get the previous alarm behavior: all of their scheduled alarms will be
treated as exact.

If it’s very important that the alarm be exact, use setExact (When the device’s SDK is 19 or above).


The easiest way to make system have a delay and then sound an alarm at the exact specified time is using setExact(), and the code can be something like this.

am.setExact(AlarmManager.RTC_WAKEUP,System.currentTimeMillis() + (time_you_want_to_delay_in_milliseconds) ,pi);