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A simple React-Native utils library with useful functions.
Currently only supporting Android.

Quick Start:

In a lot of cases if you are using the latest version of React Native then you should be able to run one of the preferred package install methods and immediately get going.

npm: npm install react-native-app-utils
yarn: yarn add react-native-app-utils


Inside android/app/src/main/AndroidManifest.xml add this permission if you intend to use the wake lock functions.

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

React Native 0.60+

You won't usually need to do anything past this point, everything should just link up using the new autolinking feature.

Older React Native Versions:

You should be able to run the following command to get everything linked up.
react-native link react-native-app-utils

If for some reason that doesn't work then you can follow the manual linking steps below.

  1. Inside android/app/build.gradle add this line implementation project(':react-native-app-utils') in the dependencies {} section.

  2. Inside android/settings.gradle add these lines.

include ':react-native-app-utils'
project(':react-native-app-utils').projectDir = new File(rootProject.projectDir, '../node_modules/react-native-app-utils/android')
  1. Inside import and add our package to the list.
import com.stumbleapp.utils.UtilsPackage;
private static List<ReactPackage> getPackages() {
    return Arrays.<ReactPackage>asList(
        new MainReactPackage(),
        new UtilsPackage(),


Here is a general rundown of the included functions and examples of their use.
Lets get our module imported.

import Utils from 'react-native-app-utils';

This will essentially move your app to the front if it's already running, otherwise it will get the app to start. I'm not entirely sure how this would pan out on some devices, theres a chance it won't work on any that restrict starting apps from background services. The reason i wanted this kind of function though was to get our app to start when there was an incoming call notification triggered by Firebase.


This will make your app goto the background. Very useful if you use the above function to start your app but then want to put the app back to sleep in the background. Our use case for this was simply for when a call came in, the app would start but if the call went unanswered for a while then we would leave a missed call notification and hide the app.


If for any reason you want to keep the screen on while your app is running then you can use wake locks and screen locks. Make sure to release them if having the screen on isn't always a requirement of using your app, think about the battery usage! The first wake lock function should cause the screen to switch on, otherwise you can mix and match, try using a screen lock aswell. Last but not least you can use partial wake locks if you need the device to be alive while doing background work.


If for any reason you need to keep the wifi connection alive then you can use wifi locks. This does not prevent the user switching off their wifi connection manually. Best use case scenario would be if you need a connection for long periods due to background work or active interactions like a phone call.


This is an experimental function that hasn't been fully implemented yet.
Requires Android API 24+
We will be looking to add extra functionality to this soon.



npm i react-native-app-utils

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