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Sending Push Notifications (>8.0)

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

A notification is a great way to let the users know you have new content available.

1. To start

Before you can start sending push notifications, make sure the required push notification information has been added for your app in the Distribution Platform.

Check out the following KB-articles for help on how to setup your app for Push Notifications:

For iOS: Setup Key based authentication for Apple Push Notifications (>8.0)

For Android: Setting up Firebase Push Notifications (> 8.0)

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you activate push notifications for an existing App Store app, an update of the app will need to be submitted.

Introduction
2. Testing

In order to send push notifications, you need to register some test devices (phones, tablets) first. The procedure to register a test device is explained below. There is a small difference between issue-based and article-based apps. The test-functionality is only available in develop builds of your app.

2.1. Registering a test-device in an article-based application

In order to allow you to test push notifications before you submit your app in the App Stores, select "Device info" from the gear-menu icon in the top right corner.

NOTE:

The "Register As Test Device" menu is not available in App Store builds.

At the bottom of the popup window, tap Register As Test Device to register your device as a test device.

Thank you!

TIP FOR ARTICLE-BASED APPS WITH A HAMBURGER MENU ACTIVATED (> TP 5.5.x):

Since Twixl Publisher 5.5+ , you can add a Hamburger Menu to your article-based app. If you've activated that Hamburger Menu, you can find the Gear Menu in the bottom right corner of that Hamburger Menu:

2.2. Registering a test-device in an issue-based app (legacy)

In order to allow you to test push notifications before you submit your app in the App Stores, select "Device info" from the sidebar hamburger-menu icon in the top left corner.

NOTE:

The "Device info…" menu is not available in App Store builds.

At the bottom of the popup window, tap "Register" to register your device as a test device.

After tapping "Register" you will be able to select the device for testing in the Twixl Distribution Platform.

Thank you!
3. Sending Push Notifications

Sending Push Notifications is done on our Twixl Distribution Platform from within your app menu (both for issue-based and article-based apps).

app-menu

When you want to send Push Notifications, you have a few options available. Let's explain them here:

  1. Message: Of course you want to include a Message in your Push Notification. This Message can include 140 Characters
  2. Link: You can attach a tp-collection url scheme. This way, when readers tap on the Push Notification, they will be redirected to the right Collection or Content Item. For more info, see Custom URL Schemes for article-based apps
  3. Which Devices: You can target specific kinds of devices. At this moment we support the following segments:
    • All device(s): Will send the Push Notification to all registered device(s).
    • All iOS devices(s): Will send the Push Notification to all registered iOS device(s).
    • All Android device(s): Will send the Push Notification to all registered Android device(s).
    • Specific test device(s): Here you can select specific Test Devices as a target for your Push Notification. Fore more info, see Testing

 

sending push notifications

NOTE:

You will only be able to start sending notifications, when your app has been installed and opened on at least 1 device. Also note that you can only send 1 push notification per 24 hours to a Newsstand app in the App Store. Other apps do not have this limitation.

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