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I have some apps which show me promotional notifications of new features, deals, etc. I know I can turn these notifications off, but I tried disabling the app running in the background altogether instead (Android 10), so it does not run at all by itself unless I start it explicitly.

Apparently, some of these apps still send me suprise notifications from time to time. How is it possible? Can apps still work and send notifications even if they are not started by me and cannot run in the background?

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That depends on which pushing mechanism your app uses.

In China, many applications use some pushing sdk, as long as there is one application using the same pushing sdk running, the pushing sdk will use the running application to launch stopped-running app(even force-stopped) and make it running;

however, recently many chinese customized os has been modified to prevent this behavir

According to Google FCM(Google's pushing service), FCM won't send push message for forced-stopped application, but will do it for other situations.

So, according to this , you won't receive any notifications if you diable your application by force-stop

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  • OP hasn't explicitly asked about push notifications. Notifications might also be local, not necessarily coming from a server. Apps can show scheduled notifications even from background. Jun 23 at 9:39
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    @KevinDing Can you please link where you found the info about FCM and force-stopped apps?
    – Robert
    Jun 23 at 10:24
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    why i mention pushing message not ordinary notification ,because every app company uses pushing message to send some news to users to trigger them openning the app,so they can get well look marketing data . and by using pushing messages as a trigger ,they can train users like a dog,let users get used to use their app , aka get addicted. that's why pushing message is more important than native notices,because thery are targeted to youe habit toktik is the typical one,by learning what you like ,keep send your likes, so your time is wasted.
    – Kevin Ding
    Jun 23 at 14:08
  • That's absolutely correct. But only push notifications scenario partially answers the question. If you address the other half too, it'd be perfect :) Jun 23 at 15:10

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