React Native Push Notification – IOS

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Push Notification

A push notification is a message that pops up on a mobile device to notify a user that a specific action has occurred in that mobile app.

Below are the steps to configure Firebase in your application (To continue with these steps, you should already have a Firebase account) –

1. Create a Firebase project:

  • Go to Firebase console.
  • Click on Add project as shown below:
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  • After this, you will be redirected to a new screen where you will need to enter a new project name.
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  • Enable/disable Google analytics for your project according to your needs. And click on the Create Project button.
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  • After that, click on the Continue button.
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  • Once your project has been successfully created, you’ll be redirected to the project homepage. Click on the IOS circle to add firebase to your IOS app.
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  • Enter your project bundle id and click on the Register app button.
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  • Download the GoogleService-info.plist file and add this file to your project.
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  • Open your project in xcode. Right-click on your project and click on Add files to “YOUR PROJECT NAME”. Select GoogleService-info.plist file and click ok.
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  • Open your project’s pod file and paste the below text and save it. Run “pod install” command.
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  • Open AppDelegate.m file and paste the below content in it. And click on the Next button.
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  • At last, verify the installation and hit the Continue to Console button.

2. Generate APNS Authentication Key for iOS Push Notifications:

In Firebase console, you have to include APNs Authentication Key in Project Settings > Cloud Messaging in order to receive push notifications.
For this, Go to the apple developer account and click Certificates, Identifiers and Profiles.
Add a new Key.
Enter a key name and enable “Apple Push Notifications service (APNs)” service. After that Hit the continue button.
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Click on Register Button and download the file.
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In the Firebase console, upload the downloaded file and enter your key id(which is mentioned in the download file name (AuthKey_.p8)) and team id(which is mentioned on apple developer account) in pop up.
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3. Install and Configure React Native Firebase:

To implement push notifications in the React Native project, you need to use a react-native-firebase package. To install React Native Firebase package, run the below command:
npm install –save react-native-firebase
Next, link the react-native-firebase to native iOS and Android apps by typing this command.
react-native link react-native-firebase

4. Setup React Native Firebase on IOS:

Turn on Push Notifications and Background Modes(Check only Remote Notifications) capabilities in Xcode. Make sure these are turned on in your project certificates.
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Next, add the below lines in the `Pods/podfile` file.
pod 'Firebase/Core', '~> 6.3.0'
pod 'Firebase/Messaging'
pod 'RNFirebase', :path => '../node_modules/react-native-firebase'

Run below command from the terminal inside the `ios` folder.
cd ios && pod update

open and edit `ReactNativeFcm/AppDelegate.m`
Add these imports of the Firebase, React Native Firebase Notifications, and Messaging.
#import "RNFirebaseNotifications.h"
#import "RNFirebaseMessaging.h"

At the beginning of the `didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions` method insert below lines to initialize Firebase and RNFirebaseNotifications.
[FIRApp configure];
[RNFirebaseNotifications configure];

Attach a new method to get RNFirebaseNotifications local notification.
- (void)application:(UIApplication *)application didReceiveLocalNotification:(UILocalNotification *)notification {
[[RNFirebaseNotifications instance] didReceiveLocalNotification:notification];

Attach a new method to get a remote RNFirebaseNotifications.
- (void)application:(UIApplication *)application didReceiveRemoteNotification:(nonnull NSDictionary *)userInfo
fetchCompletionHandler:(nonnull void (^)(UIBackgroundFetchResult))completionHandler{
[[RNFirebaseNotifications instance] didReceiveRemoteNotification:userInfo fetchCompletionHandler:completionHandler];

Add a new method to register to the Firebase and get FCM token.
- (void)application:(UIApplication *)application didRegisterUserNotificationSettings:(UIUserNotificationSettings *)notificationSettings {
[[RNFirebaseMessaging instance] didRegisterUserNotificationSettings:notificationSettings];

5. Receive Push Notifications

Open App.js component of your React Native project and modify file as per below:
import React, { Component } from 'react';
import {Platform} from 'react-native';
import firebase from 'react-native-firebase';
import type { RemoteMessage, Notification, NotificationOpen } from 'react-native-firebase';
export default class App extends Component {
constructor(props) {
componentDidMount() {
componentWillUnmount() {
//1 check notification permission is enabled
async checkPermission() {
const enabled = await firebase.messaging().hasPermission();
console.log(enabled+' checkPermission');
if (enabled) {
} else {
//2 request for notification permission if not enabled
async requestPermission() {
.then(() => {
}).catch(error => {
console.log(error+' error');
console.log('permission rejected');
//3 get FCM token
async getFcmToken() {
fcmToken = await firebase.messaging().getToken();
// Notification listeners
async createNotificationListeners() {
* Triggered when a notification has been received while the app is in the foreground state.
* */
this.notificationListener = firebase.notifications().onNotification((notification) => {
const { title, body } = notification;
// to display notification on the screen
.catch(err => console.error(err));
* Triggered when your app is in background, user can listen for notification is clicked/tapped/opened event.
* */
this.notificationOpenedListener = firebase.notifications().onNotificationOpened((notificationOpen) => {
const { title, body } = notificationOpen.notification;
* Triggered when your app is closed, user can check if it was opened by a notification using clicked/tapped/opened event.
* */
const notificationOpen = await firebase.notifications().getInitialNotification();
if (notificationOpen) {
const { title, body } = notificationOpen.notification;
* Triggered for data only payload in foreground
* */
this.messageListener = firebase.messaging().onMessage((message) => {
//process data message
console.log("JSON.stringify:", JSON.stringify(message));

6. Send Push notification from firebase console:

Go to Cloud Notification and create a new notification there.
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Click on the Send test message button and enter the FCM token that got in the console after running the app.
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Note: Test it on a real device only.

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