Data Flushing

Learn how the Android SDK uploads data to the Engagement API and how to customize this behavior

Data Flushing

The SDK caches data (sessions, events, customer properties, etc.) in an internal database and periodically sends it to the Engagement API. After the data has been uploaded, the values in the Engagement web app are updated, and the cached data is removed from the SDK's internal database. This process is called data flushing.

By default, the SDK automatically flushes the data as soon as it is tracked or when the application is backgrounded. You can configure the flushing mode to customize this behavior to suit your needs.

You can also turn off automatic flushing completely. In this case, you must manually flush every time there is data to flush.

The SDK will only flush data when the device has a stable network connection. If a connection error occurs while flushing, it will keep the data cached until the connection is stable and the data is flushed successfully.

Flushing Modes

The SDK supports the following 4 flushing modes (defined in com.exponea.sdk.models.FlushMode) to specify how often or if data is flushed automatically.

IMMEDIATE (default)Flushes all data immediately as it is received.
APP_CLOSEFlush data any time the application resigns active state.
PERIODFlushes data in the interval specified in Exponea.flushPeriod and when the application is closed or goes to the background.
MANUALDisables any automatic upload. It's the responsibility of the developer to flush data manually.

To set the flushing mode, initialize the SDK first, then set flushMode directly on the Exponea singleton:

Exponea.flushMode = FlushMode.MANUAL

When using flush mode PERIOD, the default interval is 60 minutes. To specify a different interval using a com.exponea.sdk.models.FlushPeriod value, set flushPeriod on the Exponea singleton:

Exponea.flushMode = FlushMode.PERIOD
Exponea.flushPeriod = FlushPeriod(10, TimeUnit.MINUTES)

Manual Flushing

To manually trigger a data flush to the API, use the following method: