Push notifications are one of the biggest advantages that mobile apps have over mobile websites, since they can send messages to users without the app being open.
However, annoying notifications---those that are irrelevant and too frequent---can be dismissed or blocked easily. We highly recommend sending notifications only when the content is relevant to the user.
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To add a Push Notifications component to your app:
Go to your Blocks tab
Click the ⚙ icon next to the
Push Notifications drawer
To edit the properties of the Push Notifications component, click on the ⚙ icon next to the component's name to bring up the properties dialog. You will be able to change the properties and click Submit to save your changes, or click cancel to dismiss the dialog without saving your changes.
One Signal is a free service that supports unlimited devices and notifications. They make money by selling your users' data to 3rd parties.
Go to One Signal and sign up for an account
After you have signed up, click Add App and enter in your app name:
After adding your app, OneSignal will ask you to select a platform. Below, we have created guides for both Android and iOS.
At this time Push Notifications can only be tested on Android Devices.
You can add Push Notifications to iOS apps but testing can only be done after an app is published to the App Store.
Setting up push notifications for Android is relatively straightforward. Here's a quick overview of the steps, followed by a more detailed walk-through.
After you have added an app and given it a name, select the Google Android option.
For this next step, you will need a Firebase account.
For instructions on how to set up a Firebase account, please click here.
Once you are signed in with Firebase, create a new project.
Once you have created a new project, click on the gear icon beside Project Overview and select Project settings.
Select the Cloud Messaging option:
There are two things that you will need to copy and paste back into One Signal:
Go back to the One Signal platform.
Earlier you should have selected the Android option on One Signal, and your screen should look like this:
Copy and paste the Firebase Server Key and the Firebase Sender ID sections into One Signal.
The last thing you need to do in OneSignal is choose your target SDK. Select Native Android and click next to continue.
Copy the alpha numeric code that OneSignal generates called Your App ID in the image below.
On Thunkable, open the Push Notifications dialog and paste this ID into the Android App ID field.
Click the Live Test button. Once the app is on your phone, go back to One Signal. Click the "Check Subscribed Users" button.
If you are live testing or have downloaded your Android app, you should see a congratulations message. Click "DONE".
Select the "MESSAGES" option and then select "NEW PUSH". You will now be able to create push notifications and send them to your app users.
Setting up push notifications involves a few more steps on iOS than on Android, but every step is covered in detail below.
Get started by creating a new app. You need to do this even if your Thunkable project is intended for both iOS and Android.
After that, choose Apple iOS as your platform.
OneSignal have provided extensive documentation on how to find your Production Certificate .p12 file as well as your Production Private Key Password. The most important steps are outlined below.
To begin, open the OneSignal Provisionator webpage. This tool will generate a .p12 file and the accompanying password for you.
Follow the on screen instructions. Enter your Apple Developer ID and password. This portal works with 2FA enabled as well. If prompted, enter your 2FA code. Choose your team and the relevant Bundle ID and click generate.
You can now download the .p12, .cer and .pem files that are generated for you.
Click on Apple iOS
With that completed you can upload your .p12 file and enter the password in OneSignal. Click Save to proceed to the next step.
Click on Native iOS to choose the SDK you wish to target. Then click Next to generate your App ID.
Copy the alpha-numeric code labeled Your App ID and head back to Thunkable.
On Thunkable, open the Push Notifications dialog and paste this ID into the iOS App ID field.
You are now almost done. In order to now publish your app your will have to create a .mobileprovision profile. You can find details of how to do this on the "Publish to App Store" page.
When you are ready to send your first push notification, select the "MESSAGES" option and then select "NEW PUSH". You will now be able to create push notifications and send them to your app users.