Xamarin Forms: Close applications programmatically

In some scenarios, we need to programmatically close our application. We can do it in our common code with Xamarin Forms too. Buuuuuut …….

Can we close an iOS application?

There is no API provided for gracefully terminating an iOS application.

In iOS, the user presses the Home button to close applications. Should your application have conditions in which it cannot provide its intended function, the recommended approach is to display an alert for the user that indicates the nature of the problem and possible actions the user could take — turning on WiFi, enabling Location Services, etc. Allow the user to terminate the application at their own discretion.

Do not call the exit function. Applications calling exit will appear to the user to have crashed, rather than performing a graceful termination and animating back to the Home screen.

Source: https://developer.apple.com/library/archive/qa/qa1561/_index.html

Close on Android from Forms code

There is one important place to implement closing apps from code: When you are handling back button presses by yourself.

Imagine, that you have a main screen, which is the root page. When a users presses the hardware back button you should display a confirmer, that says “Do you really want to close the application?”

If the user choose yes, you should make a call like this:


The definition of the IPlatformSpecificService should be look like this:

	public interface IPlatformSpecificService
		void CloseApplication();

And the Android implementation of the IPlatformSpecificService should be something like:

using Plugin.CurrentActivity;

[assembly: Dependency(typeof(DeviceSpecificService))]
namespace AnAwesomeCompany.AGreatProduct.Droid.DependencyServices
	public class PlatformSpecificService: IPlatformSpecificService
		public void CloseApplication()

Activity supports a lot of closing methods of the application. FinishAndRemoveTask will clear the app from the recents list too.

Take a look at official Android documentation at: https://developer.android.com/reference/android/app/Activity#finishAndRemoveTask()

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Xamarin.Android: Missing aapt.exe

When trying to deploy an application to simulator or device, Visual Studio gives the following error:

Cannot find `aapt.exe`. Please install the Android SDK Build-Tools package with the `C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\tools\android.bat` program.

To solve this problem you sould go to Visual Studio’s Tools then Android and select SDK Manager option.

Navigate to this option

It will give an error dialog, that the SDK tool files are corrupted. Click repair.

Click on Repair

The mentioned batch command in the error message is deprecated by the way.

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.19042.804]
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C:\Users\banditoth>cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\tools\

C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\tools>android.bat
The "android" command is deprecated.
For manual SDK, AVD, and project management, please use Android Studio.
For command-line tools, use tools\bin\sdkmanager.bat
and tools\bin\avdmanager.bat

Invalid or unsupported command ""

Supported commands are:
android list target
android list avd
android list device
android create avd
android move avd
android delete avd
android list sdk
android update sdk

C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\tools>

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Xamarin Android: Dismiss lock screen or show activity on lock screen

To gain an Activity to be showed on the lock screen, or bypass the phone’s lock screen (aka Keyguard) for important notification handling, for example an Incoming VOIP call, you need to do the following:

Set the permission for disabling keyguard. Add the following permission to the AndroidManifest.xml:

  <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.DISABLE_KEYGUARD"/>

Add flags to the Activity’s Window in order to show the activity on the lock screen, or to bypass the lock screen.

this.Window.AddFlags(WindowManagerFlags.DismissKeyguard | WindowManagerFlags.ShowWhenLocked);

Dismiss the keyguard if needed. (CrossCurrentActivity plugin is used to get the current activity):

KeyguardManager keyguardManager = (KeyguardManager)CrossCurrentActivity.Current.Activity?.GetSystemService(Context.KeyguardService);
if (keyguardManager != null)
	keyguardManager.RequestDismissKeyguard(CrossCurrentActivity.Current.Activity, null);

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