added in version 26.1.0
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public abstract class JobIntentService
extends Service

   ↳ android.content.Context
     ↳ android.content.ContextWrapper

Helper for processing work that has been enqueued for a job/service. When running on Android O or later, the work will be dispatched as a job via JobScheduler.enqueue. When running on older versions of the platform, it will use Context.startService.

You must publish your subclass in your manifest for the system to interact with. This should be published as a JobService, as described for that class, since on O and later platforms it will be executed that way.

Use enqueueWork(Context, Class, int, Intent) to enqueue new work to be dispatched to and handled by your service. It will be executed in onHandleWork(Intent).

You do not need to use WakefulBroadcastReceiver when using this class. When running on Android O, the JobScheduler will take care of wake locks for you (holding a wake lock from the time you enqueue work until the job has been dispatched and while it is running). When running on previous versions of the platform, this wake lock handling is emulated in the class here by directly calling the PowerManager; this means the application must request the WAKE_LOCK permission.

There are a few important differences in behavior when running on Android O or later as a Job vs. pre-O:

  • When running as a pre-O service, the act of enqueueing work will generally start the service immediately, regardless of whether the device is dozing or in other conditions. When running as a Job, it will be subject to standard JobScheduler policies for a Job with a setOverrideDeadline(long) of 0: the job will not run while the device is dozing, it may get delayed more than a service if the device is under strong memory pressure with lots of demand to run jobs.

  • When running as a pre-O service, the normal service execution semantics apply: the service can run indefinitely, though the longer it runs the more likely the system will be to outright kill its process, and under memory pressure one should expect the process to be killed even of recently started services. When running as a Job, the typical JobService execution time limit will apply, after which the job will be stopped (cleanly, not by killing the process) and rescheduled to continue its execution later. Job are generally not killed when the system is under memory pressure, since the number of concurrent jobs is adjusted based on the memory state of the device.

Here is an example implementation of this class:

import android.content.Context;
import android.content.Intent;
import android.os.Handler;
import android.os.SystemClock;
import android.util.Log;
import android.widget.Toast;

 * Example implementation of a JobIntentService.
public class SimpleJobIntentService extends JobIntentService {
     * Unique job ID for this service.
    static final int JOB_ID = 1000;

     * Convenience method for enqueuing work in to this service.
    static void enqueueWork(Context context, Intent work) {
        enqueueWork(context, SimpleJobIntentService.class, JOB_ID, work);

    protected void onHandleWork(Intent intent) {
        // We have received work to do.  The system or framework is already
        // holding a wake lock for us at this point, so we can just go.
        Log.i("SimpleJobIntentService", "Executing work: " + intent);
        String label = intent.getStringExtra("label");
        if (label == null) {
            label = intent.toString();
        toast("Executing: " + label);
        for (int i = 0; i < 5; i++) {
            Log.i("SimpleJobIntentService", "Running service " + (i + 1)
                    + "/5 @ " + SystemClock.elapsedRealtime());
            try {
            } catch (InterruptedException e) {
        Log.i("SimpleJobIntentService", "Completed service @ " + SystemClock.elapsedRealtime());

    public void onDestroy() {
        toast("All work complete");

    final Handler mHandler = new Handler();

    // Helper for showing tests
    void toast(final CharSequence text) { Runnable() {
            @Override public void run() {
                Toast.makeText(SimpleJobIntentService.this, text, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();


Inherited constants

From class
From class android.content.Context