When I open a special company-internal app I need for work through my gesture-controlled overlay menu, it sometimes completely restarts, even though it's already open in the background. What's the reason for this and how can I stop it?

  • Only the developer of the app can answer this question. There's no universal rule applicable to every app. Aug 6, 2021 at 16:43

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After days of fiddling and googling I finally noticed that it depends on where the app is initially started from (meaning the first start from when it has been closed before).

  • If I initially start it from the overlay, I can switch to it via overlay without it restarting, but it restarts when using the normal home screen button.

  • If I initially start it from the home screen, it's the other way around (works from home screen, restarts from overlay).

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    I will say but one thing: Lifecycle - Understand the Activity Lifecycle. Well, two things: Understanding Context In Android Application. Also, App Development is off-topic here, there are stackexchanges devoted to app development.
    – wbogacz
    Aug 6, 2021 at 16:24
  • @wbogacz I'm a user, not a developer, so I'm pretty sure the question is fine here? Whatever just wanted to help people out if anyone ever has the same problem, no need to overcomplicate.
    – MaxD
    Aug 6, 2021 at 17:10
  • Could you explain what do you mean by "overlay"? Is it an always-on draw-over-apps type? Or is it from the "app switcher" button?
    – Andrew T.
    Aug 6, 2021 at 18:36
  • @AndrewT. First one. I ended up using UbikiTouch because I like it best, but I've tried many others as well. The behavior is reproducible in all that I tested it with.
    – MaxD
    Aug 6, 2021 at 18:41
  • @MaxD - Sorry about that. The read I took on the question is that you had developed the app for the company. For my company, any apps like this were limited distro, so group-effort and everybody knew the internal workings. I read too much into it.
    – wbogacz
    Aug 7, 2021 at 0:39

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