Hello Folks, In this tutorial we will discuss how we can schedule local notification in android. Its a super easy job and involves few android components.

I have created a demo project for this tutorial you can find it on github.

Components involved to schedule local notification in android

  1. BroadCastReceiver
  2. AlarmManager
  3. Notification Service
  4. PendingIntent

We will discuss these components whenever we will come across them in the code.

Watch this video to understand scheduling local notification in depth

Create MainActivity

import android.app.Activity;
import android.app.AlarmManager;
import android.app.PendingIntent;
import android.content.Context;
import android.content.Intent;
import android.os.Bundle;

import java.util.Calendar;

public class MainActivity extends Activity {

    protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
        AlarmManager alarmManager = (AlarmManager) getSystemService(Context.ALARM_SERVICE);

        Intent notificationIntent = new Intent("android.media.action.DISPLAY_NOTIFICATION");

        PendingIntent broadcast = PendingIntent.getBroadcast(this, 100, notificationIntent, PendingIntent.FLAG_UPDATE_CURRENT);

        Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance();
        cal.add(Calendar.SECOND, 15);
        alarmManager.setExact(AlarmManager.RTC_WAKEUP, cal.getTimeInMillis(), broadcast);

There are few things to discuss here


In the above code we are creating a notification intent with action android.media.action.DISPLAY_NOTIFICATION.


AlarmManager is created using the ALARM_SERVICE. It takes a PendingIntent and time as  parameters. And it launches that intent when the time is over. In our case the time when the intent will be broadcasted is 15 seconds.

import android.app.Notification;
import android.app.NotificationManager;
import android.app.PendingIntent;
import android.content.BroadcastReceiver;
import android.content.Context;
import android.content.Intent;
import android.support.v4.app.NotificationCompat;
import android.support.v4.app.TaskStackBuilder;

public class AlarmReceiver extends BroadcastReceiver{
    public void onReceive(Context context, Intent intent) {
        Intent notificationIntent = new Intent(context, NotificationActivity.class);

        TaskStackBuilder stackBuilder = TaskStackBuilder.create(context);

        PendingIntent pendingIntent = stackBuilder.getPendingIntent(0, PendingIntent.FLAG_UPDATE_CURRENT);

        NotificationCompat.Builder builder = new NotificationCompat.Builder(context);

        Notification notification = builder.setContentTitle("Demo App Notification")
                .setContentText("New Notification From Demo App..")
                .setTicker("New Message Alert!")

        NotificationManager notificationManager = (NotificationManager) context.getSystemService(Context.NOTIFICATION_SERVICE);
        notificationManager.notify(0, notification);

In the above code main components are


Here AlarmReceiver is a broadcast receiver which listens to broadcasts with action android.media.action.DISPLAY_NOTIFICATION. This action is declared in the AndroidManifest.xml file.


This builder is used to build a Notification object which can be used by NotificationManger to notify the user. The Notification object can have an Icon, Text to be displayed in notification and most importantly a  PendingIntent which will be used when we will click on the notification.


At last NotificationManager will do the job of sending the notification to the user. And it will take notification as the 2nd argument. First argument to notify function is an identifier for the notification which should be unique within that system or mobile.

Lets see how AlarmManager receives the broadcast, where do we define that configuration

Well its the AndroidManifest.xml which does the magic. We define all the broadcast receivers in that file. And what should they do when a broadcast is broadcasted. Lets have a look at our AndroidManifest.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    package="bootcamp.android.demoapp" >

        android:theme="@style/AppTheme" >
            android:label="@string/app_name" >
                <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
                <action android:name="android.media.action.IMAGE_CAPTURE" />
                <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
                <action android:name="android.media.action.IMAGE_CAPTURE" />
                <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />
        <activity android:name=".NotificationActivity" />

        <receiver android:name=".AlarmReceiver">
                <action android:name="android.media.action.DISPLAY_NOTIFICATION" />
                <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />


As you can see in the above file I have defined a receiver whose name is .AlarmReceiver which points to java class AlarmReceiver. And it has the action to which it listens to and a category. The intent-filter helps the receiver to filter those broadcast which it suppose to listen.