WindowManager is unable to show Window View on screen even though it's visibility property is true

My application shows UI based on events received in various BroacastReceiver . Since I need to generate view directly from BroadcastReceiver I use code like this :

mWindowManager = (WindowManager) context

    WindowManager.LayoutParams lp = new WindowManager.LayoutParams(
                | WindowManager.LayoutParams.FLAG_NOT_FOCUSABLE,

    TextView view = new TextView(context);

    view.setText("You got Broadcast !");

    mainView = view; 
    mWindowManager.addView(view, lp); 
Log.d("MyApp"," View shown ")

This code displays TextView with text "You got Broadcast" properly when I receive BroadcastReceiver event when my main application activity is accessed beforehand. Means if my application is in memory and my main activity has been shown.

Now when I restart phone and my BroadcastReceiver receives event everything works fine. Infact I can see the debug statement "MyApp, View shown" in logcat. But strangely, actual view with text "You got Broadcast" does not appear on screen. Now again I launch my main activity and press home button . Now if BroadcastReceiver again receives event, it is now able to show the texview with text "You got Broadcast" properly.

At present I'm not doing anything in main activity apart from showing default generated xml layout. It's dead simple code :

public class MainActivity extends Activity {
public static final String TAG = "MainActivity";

/** Called when the activity is first created. */
public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

    Log.d(TAG, " Main screen");


Am I missing some screen/graphics initialization which happens when main activity is launched ? Or do I need to pass on any additional parameter to WindowManager ?

Asked by: David124 | Posted: 25-01-2022

Answer 1

I am also facing the same issue.

I think it's possible that the screen that you want to add the textview to isn't on the foreground yet. For testing purposes, maybe you can try sleeping for a couple seconds before calling .addview()

Answered by: Adelaide871 | Posted: 26-02-2022

Answer 2

Add proper permission inside menifest file . e.g. sysytem overlay , sysytem alert window ,boot completed , set priority in receiver tag. thnks

Answered by: Ada990 | Posted: 26-02-2022

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