Refresh at Specific Time?

I used to have my podcasts set to refresh and download automatically at 7:00 p.m. everyday. I noticed that it stopped doing that and when I went to check the settings it seems that option is no longer available. The only option available is to refresh at a specific interval, not a specific time. Has this setting been removed?

Yes, the setting was removed. The reason is that recent Android versions no longer support starting long-running background services (which would be needed for a refresh) at specific points in time. Instead, we have to distribute the feed refresh throughout the day and do a bit of refreshing every now and then.

In the long term, we plan to be more smart about when to refresh: Proposal: Smart Refresh Interval


Thanks for the response. That’s unfortunate as it was one of my favorite features. I noticed that when I change the setting to a different interval it refreshes right then. Is there a way this setting could be “hacked” to refresh at a specific time of day by manually changing the refresh interval setting at the specific time of day that you want the refresh interval to occur? In other words, you change the refresh setting at 7:00 a.m. to 12 hours so it automatically refreshes at 7:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 a.m. etc?

Not sure if that will keep working over a longer period of time

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Hi, came here due to missing this same feature.

One option that could work is allowing Tasker to trigger the sync. All of the apps can be triggered this way and I do just that - have a daily specific middle of the night trigger to sync.

This might be an easier option on the team to implement as well because none of the timing code would need to be developed, just the API for the “intent”, see: Autosync Automation - MetaCtrl Not sure if that helps or not.

Having a specific time to sync is advantageous because I can sync when wifi is definitely connected, not on battery and being charged, and the device not being used - all during the night.

But you can already use Tasker to do just that.

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Indeed, thank you @ari_tafari ! I should have dug a little deeper. It does work and the great thing about it is the infinite customization such as only if on wifi, only if the screen is off, etc, etc.

Thanks for pointing that out, it prompted me to figure out that Samsung’s “Modes and Routines” app can also trigger a refresh.