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Setup Push Notifications on iOS


Setup iOS Push Notifications

Generate Push Notification Certificate

To enable push notifications in your iOS application, go to Capabilities tab in your target configuration in Xcode and enable Push Notification.

On Apple Developer Portal:

  1. Open Apple Developer Portal;
  2. Log into your account;
  3. Open Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles;
  4. Find App IDs in Identifiers section and find your application;
  5. Click Edit and scroll to Push Notifications configurations;
  6. Click Create Certificate… for Development and Production.
  7. Follow the instructions how to create the certificate and download it.

In your .entitlements file you should enter “development” or “production” value for APS Environment key, for Development and Production builds respectively.

Export Server .p12 Certificate

Double click on downloaded .cer file (your certificate), it will add it to your Keychain Access and open. Click on Certificates section, find your certification, and export it with clicking Export Apple Development/Production iOS Push Services, create a password for your certificate and save it somewhere on the disk.

Do it for both Production and Development certificates.

Configure Push Notification on the Dashboard

  1. Login to the GetSocial Dashboard.
  2. Go to the Notifications section → Settings tab.
  3. Enable iOS notifications by clicking on the switch and upload .p12 certificates from the previous section.
  4. Select what kind of notifications users will receive:

    GetSocial Dashboard - Notifications Type

  5. Select Sandbox if your application is using development PN, or Production for development.

  6. Send a test notification to your test device to check your setup.

    GetSocial Dashboard - Send Test Notification


Be careful with the configuration of your APS Environment, if you are using “development”, you need to sign your application with Development provisioning and choose Sandbox in Enable Certificate on GetSocial Dashboard notification configurations.

Autoregister for Push Notification on the Client Side

By default GetSocial SDK automatically register at push server, and the user will start receiving push notifications.

To prevent auto registration and register for push notifications manually:

  1. Set autoRegister parameter to false in getsocial-sdk7.json:

    "pushNotifications": {
        "autoRegister": false,
  2. To start receiving GetSocial push notifications call:


To enable push notifications, just remove the autoRegister parameter from getsocial.json or set it to true.

If you’re not using GetSocial iOS Installer Script check how to disable auto registration for push notifications in the Manual Integration Guide.

Handle Click on Push Notifications

GetSocial UI

If you are using GetSocial UI, our respective view will be opened on click on push notifications: if someone liked your activity or commented under your activity, this activity will be shown on application start.


If GetSocial View is opened automatically by GetSocial UI, you can not set the custom title, UiActionHandler, action button handler, etc. In this case, we recommend you to override the default behavior and open GetSocial View by yourself.

Notification Handler

Receive Listener

You can set OnNotificationReceivedListener, which will be triggered when notification is received and app is in foreground:

Notifications.setOnNotificationReceivedListener{ notification in
    // Notification received while app was in foreground

Click Listener

You can customize the default behavior and handle clicks on GetSocial push notifications on your own. To do so:

  1. Set customListener property to true in the GetSocial configuration file getsocial.json:

    // getsocial.json
        "pushNotifications": {
            "customListener": true
  2. Set a listener:

    Notifications.setOnNotificationClickedListener{ notification, context in
        if !handleAction(notification.action) {
            GetSocial.handle(notification.action) // fallback to default behaviour if notification was not handled by your code

Read how to handle actions.

Configuration flag customListener

Don’t forget to set this flag, otherwise listener won’t be invoked. If you have it set to true, GetSocial won’t perform any default handling, you have to call GetSocial.handle(...) explicitly.


If you are not using GetSocial UI, we recommend to handle push notifications by yourself - better user experience would be to react to notification actions.

Show Push Notifications In Foreground

If you want to show GetSocial push notifications while app is in foreground, set foreground property to true in getsocial.json file:

If foreground is set to true:

  • Push notifications will be shown in the system notification center when your application is in foreground.
  • OnNotificationReceivedListener will be called.

Rich Push Notifications & Badges

Beginning with iOS 10 push notifications can contain media elements, like images and videos.
To support this feature, you need to add a Notification Extension target to your app, as described here:

  1. In Xcode Select FileNewTarget…
  2. Select Notification Service Extension.
  3. Enter Product Name and other information.
  4. Make sure extension and application have the same target iOS version.
  5. Select your application target in Embed in application line.
  6. Click on Finish to create extension.
  7. Download GetSocialNotificationExtension.framework, unzip and add it to your extension’s Frameworks and Libraries section.

    Xcode - Add Extension Framework To Extension Target

  8. Add GetSocialNotificationExtension.framework to your application’s Embed Frameworks section.

    Xcode - Add Extension Framework To Application Target

  9. (For badge support) Add App Group for both application and extension target:

    1. Go to Signing & Capabilities.
    2. Add App Groups capability.
    3. In App Groups section press + and add group with name group.YOUR_BUNDLE_ID.getsocial_extension, where replace YOUR_BUNDLE_ID with actual bundle identifier of your app, it should be something like Group name should be the same for both application and extension targets.
    4. Don’t forget to add it for both application and extension targets, otherwise badge won’t be properly updated.

Basic setup is now done, let’s write some code.
Replace the content of your *.m file in your extension with the one you can download from GitHub.

Congratulations, you’re ready to show rich notifications to your users!

To check if your setup is correct, follow the Testing Guide.
The test notification contains a default image, which should be displayed in the received notification. Badge on your application icon should be increased by 1. After you open your application, badge should be cleared.


Notification Service Extension will require a Provisioning Profile.

Disable Push Notifications For User

If you wan to disable push notification for the user, use [GetSocialUser setPushNotificationsEnabled:NO success:success failure:failure]. When push notifications are disabled, you still can query for GetSocial Notifications via data API.

To enable it back use [GetSocialUser setPushNotificationsEnabled:YES success:success failure:failure]. To check current setting value use [GetSocialUser isPushNotificationsEnabledWithSuccess:success failure:failure].

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