Author: Dana-Maria ROBU
Publishing date: 11/02/2020
Version history: 2.0

The Push Notification is a service created to forward notifications of third party applications to targeted devices. Such notifications may include badges, sounds or customed text alerts.

First you need to configure a push notification, for iOS and Android, to notify your users of any news. Then you can send a simple or an advanced push.

1. Configure Push notifications for iOS

To configure an iOS push, you have to:

Once you get the iOS certificate and export it as a .p12 file, you need to upload it on Cloud Connect to configure the Push notification service.

  1. Connect to Cloud Connect.
  2. Click on the Apps tab, then select the application for which you want to activate the option.
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Click on the Apps tab.
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Select the app.

3. Click on the Settings tab, in the Apps menu, to get to the Notifications section.

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Click on the Settings tab.

4. Drag and drop or browse to upload the .p12 file for your iOS app.

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Upload the P12 file for the iOS app.
Your file is uploaded, the Push notification is configured with the default settings, and the availability period.
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File uploaded.
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Details about the P12 file.

If you want to change the default settings, click on the Settings icon, in the Notifications section, and check accordingly:

  • Newsstand Compatible: to activate the background retrieval of new issues when the application is notified.
  • Silent push: to deactivate the notification message of the newsstand compatible. The issue is downloaded and it will appear in the user’s library.
  • Adaptative push: to send a visual message to old devices that are incompatible with the Newsstand feature.
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Click on the Settings icon.
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Check for the notification types.

2. Configure Push notifications for Android

To configure an Android push, you have to:

Once you get the Json file, you need to upload it on Cloud Connect to configure the Push notification service.

  1. Connect to Cloud Connect.
  2. Click on the Apps tab, then select the application for which you want to activate the option.
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Click on the Apps tab.
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Select the app.

3. Click on the Settings tab, in the Apps menu, to get to the Notifications section.

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Click on the Settings tab.

4. Paste the API key you copied from Firebase setup.

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Paste the API key from Firebase project.

You can continue with Send Push notifications procedure.

3. Send Push notifications

You can send two types of push notifications:

  • Simple push: notification sending a pre-formatted message to warn end-users about new online publications.
  • Advanced push: allows you to send personalized and targeted text messages.

3.1. Send simple Push notifications

To send a simple Push you need to log in to Cloud Connect account and access the Title and the Issue you want to promote via the simple push.
  1. Connect to your Cloud Connect account.
  2. Click the Titles tab to access the Titles list.
  3. Select the Title you want to promote.
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Click the Titles tab.
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Select the Title.

Make sure the Title you choose is referenced in the Store Front of an app. A Title can have more than one associated app.

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Detailed view of the Title
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Associated applications to the Title.

4. Click the Issues tab, select the Issue and click on the General tab, to get to the Issue detailes.

5. Scroll down to the Platforms to notify part and select the platform(s) on which you want to send the push: Android and/or iOS.

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Check the platforms to notify.
A pop-up will appear to confirm the notifications.
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Click OK to confirm the notification service for the given app.
The push arrives on your users’ devices after few minutes.

3.2. Send advanced Push notifications

Sending an advanced Push is a paying option. It allows sending personalized and targeted text messages.

Like for the simple Push, to send an advanced push you need to configure it in Cloud Connect.

  1. Connect to your Cloud Connect account.
  2. Click the Apps tab to access the applications list.
  3. Select the application on which you want to configure the advanced Push notifications.
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Click on the Apps tab.
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Select the app.

4. Click on the Push tab, in the left menu of the Apps tab, to get the configuration page.

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Click on the Push tab.

5. Click on the Create or schedule a new notification button to start a new advanced Push notification.

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Click to create a new advanced Push.

6. Name your push in the Internal name of the notification field.

This name is for your internal use and recognition only. It will not appear in the push.

7. Select the time you want to send the notification: Send now or Schedule a delivery time.

If you select to schedule a delivery time, set the date and the time in the dedicated box.

8. Click on the Add message button to customize the notification.

9. Write the message.

10. Select the language of your message and validate it with Set message button.

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Name the push.
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Set a date to send it.
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Customize the message.
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Select the language for your message.
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Click to confirm.

To send only as a test, activate Target only test devices option.

11. Click on the Send the notification button to send your notification.

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Click to send.
The push arrives on your users’ devices after few minutes or at the scheduled date and time.
Advanced Push options

In the advanced Push window you can refine your Push according to different criteria, visible in each option tab.

  • Language & Countries:
    • Target users who speak: Select the language from the drop-down menu or type the language you want in the research field.
    • Target users in countries: Select the country from the drop-down menu or type the name of the country in the research field.

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Select other languages and countries.

  • User device or activity:
    • Target users by their activity: select from Application availability date or A specific date to Now or A specific date.
    • Target users for application channels.
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Target users
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Set a date.

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