Enable and disable a Broadcast Receiver

The question:

I try to enable and disable a broadcast receiver by using this PackageManager method:


The broadcast receiver is registered in the manifest. The receiver works fine but when i try to disable it, it still receives the broadcast messages.
When i disable the receiver in the manifest by “android:enabled=”false””, the receiver does not receive anything but I can not enable it.

I call the method from inside a service.

    PackageManager pm  = getApplicationContext().getPackageManager();
    ComponentName componentName = new ComponentName("com.app",

Android manifest:

    <receiver android:name=".broadcast_receivers.OnNetworkChangedReceiver"
                    <action android:name="android.net.conn.CONNECTIVITY_CHANGE"/>

The Receiver

public class OnNetworkChangedReceiver extends BroadcastReceiver {
private static final String TAG = "OnNetworkChangedReceiver";

public void onReceive(Context context, Intent intent) {
    Log.d(TAG, "in OnNetworkChanged");

I also called the method from inside an Activity yesterday. I thought it worked but today nothing works anymore.
Could it be that there is sometimes a big delay in the intent (android.net.conn.CONNECTIVITY_CHANGE) that I misinterpreted yesterday as disabling the receiver?

Is the approach with the PackageManager the right direction or is there a basic error in the idea?

Thanks a lot,

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

Well, what you basically have seems OK. I have the following code in one of my projects:

boolean enabled=prefs.getBoolean(key, false);
int flag=(enabled ?
            PackageManager.COMPONENT_ENABLED_STATE_ENABLED :
ComponentName component=new ComponentName(EditPreferences.this, OnBootReceiver.class);

    .setComponentEnabledSetting(component, flag,

I use this to disable a BOOT_COMPLETED receiver when I don’t have any active alarms that need to be scheduled.

My guess is that your ComponentName is not set up properly (e.g., your leading .). Try the constructor that I am using, that takes a Context and a Class as parameters.

Method 2

I think using the PackageManager is over-thinking your situation. You have a BroadcastReceiver that needs to sometimes ignore the broadcasts it’s listening for. I can think of two easy ways to go about this:

1) Set a flag that your receiver can check to ignore or accept broadcasts, and don’t worry about enabling/disabling it at all.

2) Create the BroadcastReceiver programmatically (can just be an inner class, even), and register and unregister it as you need at given parts of your application.

In general I’ve found that defining my BroadcastReceivers in code instead of XML has provided a lot more flexibility and is generally easier for me to manage.

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