Android 6.0 Marshmallow UsageStatsManager issue when trying to retrieve foreground app

You can query the usageEvent to check if the last active app’s event is UsageEvents.Event.MOVE_TO_FOREGROUND.

After you get the foregroundApp, you can refer to the following code:

 UsageEvents usageEvents = mUsageStatsManager.queryEvents(time - 100 * 1000, time);
 UsageEvents.Event event = new UsageEvents.Event();
 // get last event
 while (usageEvent.hasNextEvent()) {
 if (foregroundApp.equals(event.getPackageName()) && event.getEventType() == UsageEvents.Event.MOVE_TO_FOREGROUND) {
     return foregroundApp ;

In android 6.0 os, getUsageStats function giving list size zero. For confirmation, you can check any lock app from play store. Those app are not working in android 6.0.

Take a look at, it might be what you need. Provides sample code, and takes away the pain of having to implement cross version foreground detector.

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