What Is foreground sync? | Should You Enable Or Disable It Under Notifications?

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Are you trying to find out about Foreground Sync? If yes, then in this post I am going to tell you, what it is? And what purpose does it serve in your smartphone?


What is Foreground Sync?


Foreground sync is simply your phone using that foreground data, as the background running apps use background data).

“ Foreground services show a status bar notification so that users are actively aware that your app is performing a task in the foreground and is consuming system resources. The notification cannot be dismissed unless the service is either stopped or removed from the foreground.

Devices that run Android 12 (API level 31) or higher provide a streamlined experience for short-running foreground services.

On these devices, the system waits 10 seconds before showing the notification associated with a foreground service. There are a few exceptions; several types of services always display a notification immediately.

Examples of apps that would use foreground services include the following:

  • A music player app that plays music in a foreground service. The notification might show the current song that is being played.
  • A fitness app that records a user’s run in a foreground service, after receiving permission from the user. The notification might show the distance that the user has traveled during the current fitness session. ” Source

Here is another explanation, 

“IMHO yes, basically foreground is a state in which user can interact with the application through android components like Activity or service. Take the example of Musicplayer playing music in the foreground service. Also if you have to interact with the application through Actvity, the activity has to be in foreground. User can’t interact with app even if the activity is visible but not in foreground.” Source


Should You Enable Or Disable Foreground Sync Under Notifications?


In most smartphones “Foreground Sync” is disabled by default under the notification. They are disabled so they don’t annoy you by notifying you whenever any Foreground activity takes place.

By disabling the “Foreground Sync” under the notification you are not disabling the “Foreground Sync” operating settings. You are just disabling it to notify you every time any Foreground activity takes place.

So as per my suggestion you should keep the “Foreground Sync” disabled under the notification settings.


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