Stronglifts timer freezing (Android and Xiaomi devices)

The Stronglifts timer will freeze if you put the battery settings in restricted or optimized mode.

Here's how to fix this:

  1. On your homescreen, tap/hold on Stronglifts
  2. Select "App info"
  3. Go to "battery usage"
  4. Put this to "unrestricted"
Now log a set in Stronglifts so the timer runs. Switch apps, come back, the timer will still run. Problem solved.
If you put the battery setting of Stronglifts in restricted or optimized mode, your phone will try to save battery life by killing the timer when switching apps.

Stronglifts Timer issues on Xiaomi devices

Xiaomi devices are notorious for not handling background processes correctly. This can result in all kinds of weird behavior like the Stronglifts timer freezing, notifications locking up, losing logged sets, etc. Xiaomi does this to save battery life.

Smartphones are getting more and more powerful, but the battery capacity is lagging behind. Vendors are always trying to squeeze some battery saving features into the firmware with each new Android release.

But some go so far that they break useful apps just to artificially claim more battery life. This even gets so absurd that with some vendors (e.g. Nokia, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Samsung or Huawei) our smartphones are becoming dumbphones again.

Dumbphones are unable to do any useful tasks for you in the background unless you actively use your device at the time. This affects most of the apps that are not just another browser window. Most affected are alarm clocks, health trackers, automation apps, or simply anything that needs to do some job for you at a particular moment when you aren’t using your device.

With Android 6 (Marshmallow), Google has introduced Doze mode to base Android, in an attempt to unify battery saving across the various Android phones.

Unfortunately, vendors (e.g. Xiaomi, Huawei, OnePlus or even Samsung…) did not seem to catch that ball and they all have their own battery savers, usually very poorly written, saving battery only superficially, with side effects.

Naturally users blame developers for their apps failing to deliver. But the truth is developers do all they can. Always investigating new device specific hacks to keep their (your!) apps working. However in many cases they simply fall short, as vendors have full control over processes on your device.

This is the true aim of this site. To help set things right whenever possible. Communicate these issues with users and provide them with hacks, workarounds and guides to keep their apps working and making their lives easier.


If you're experiencing issues with your Xiaomi device please try the tips here:

The Stronglifts timer will work if you tweak some of the settings on your Xiaomi device. If you don't want or can't change the settings, the alternative is to disable the timer in Stronglifts - settings - timer - disable this.

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