In Android, the
pushNotificationReceived event of a push notification library typically fires when the app receives a push notification and the app is running in the foreground or background. However, if the app is in the foreground, some push notification libraries might not trigger the
pushNotificationReceived event by default to avoid interrupting the user experience.
To handle push notifications while the app is in the foreground, you can use a combination of push notification libraries and other mechanisms provided by the Android system.
Here are the steps to handle push notifications while the app is in the foreground:
Use Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM): FCM is a popular push notification service provided by Google. Make sure your Android app is integrated with FCM, and you have implemented the necessary setup to receive push notifications.
Foreground Services: When the app is in the foreground, you can use a foreground service to handle incoming push notifications. A foreground service is a service that has a higher priority and is less likely to be killed by the system. When the app is in the foreground, you can start a foreground service to handle incoming push notifications and show a custom notification or perform specific actions.
Custom Handling in BroadcastReceiver: In your Android app, create a custom
BroadcastReceiverto handle incoming push notifications. Register this receiver in your AndroidManifest.xml to receive push notifications when the app is in the foreground.
Handle Notifications Manually: When the
BroadcastReceiverreceives a push notification, you can manually handle the notification by showing a custom notification or performing other actions based on your app's requirements. You have more control over how the notification is displayed or processed when you handle it manually.
Handle Data Payload in Activity/Fragment: If your push notification contains data payloads (e.g., JSON data), you can handle the data in your app's activity or fragment directly. This allows you to update the UI or perform specific actions based on the incoming data.
ForegroundNotificationConfig (Optional): Depending on the push notification library you are using, there might be configuration options to enable foreground notifications explicitly. For example, in React Native Firebase, you can use
messaging().setBackgroundMessageHandlerto handle push notifications while the app is in the foreground.
Remember that handling push notifications while the app is in the foreground requires careful consideration of the user experience. You should avoid interrupting the user unnecessarily and ensure that the notifications are relevant and provide value to the user.
Additionally, be aware that the implementation details might vary based on the specific push notification library you are using in your Android app. Always refer to the documentation and guidelines provided by the library's documentation for handling push notifications while the app is in the foreground.