Receiving broadcast from notification on Android Oreo

I have a custom button in a sticky notification. I used to attach a PendingIntent to it for receiving button clicks:

Intent intent = new Intent();

PendingIntent pendingIntent = PendingIntent.getBroadcast(context, 2000, intent, PendingIntent.FLAG_UPDATE_CURRENT);
contentViewExpanded.setOnClickPendingIntent(, pendingIntent);

When i run this code on Oreo , i get BroadcastQueue: Background execution not allowed in logcat and don't receive button click.

I registered receiver with manifest:

        <action android:name=""/>

I also tried registering receiver in my code:

NotificationActionReceiver mMyBroadcastReceiver = new NotificationActionReceiver();
IntentFilter filter = new IntentFilter("");
mContext.registerReceiver(mMyBroadcastReceiver, filter);

This works but only when the app is visible to user.

Thanks for help


Never use an implicit Intent when an explicit Intent will work.


Intent intent = new Intent();



Intent intent = new Intent(this, NotificationActionReceiver.class);

And remove the <intent-filter> from the NotificationActionReceiver <receiver> element.

I ran into this issue as well on Android 8 - Oreo, but given my library project requirements, I don't have the explicitly named BroadcastReceiver class implementation, that the end-client will declare in it's AndroidManifest.


Specify the application package on the Intent using setPackage(String).


// Application unique intent action String
final String receiverAction = getApplicationContext().getPackageName() 
                             + BaseLibraryReceiver.ACTION_SUFFIX;
// No need for Class definition in the constructor.
Intent intent = new Intent(); 
// Set the unique action.
// Set the application package name on the Intent, so only the application
// will have this Intent broadcasted, thus making it “explicit" and secure.

From the Android Broadcasts: Security considerations and best practices docs.

In Android 4.0 and higher, you can specify a package with setPackage(String) when sending a broadcast. The system restricts the broadcast to the set of apps that match the package.

Here’s an example of the BroadcastReceiver declared (or merged) in to the end-client application’s AndroidManifest:


            <action android:name="${applicationId}.action.MY_UNIQUE_ACTION"/>


Since my example revolves around a library project that broadcasts an Intent, I’ve decided to keep the <intent-filter> and <action /> in the <receiver> declaration. Otherwise, there would be non-unique broadcast actions being fired, which could lead to potential issues where multiple applications receive the wrong broadcast. This is mostly a safety precaution. Of course you still need to check the action in the implementation of the BroadcastReceiver.

Hope someone finds this helpful!

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