AppMySite now enables you to send push notifications and instantly connect with your entire user base.

The push notification feature is available for apps with code version 1.7.0 and above. You can now start connecting with your app users with the AppMySite free app builder.

No one underestimates the importance of push notifications in the app world. It is one of the few ways apps can connect with their users. Other platforms like social media and email are often too cluttered for marketing purposes.

Push notifications are a great marketing alternative. They help companies push for greater app retention and engagement.

How do push notifications work on AppMySite?

Sending push notifications through your AppMySite account is a fairly simple process. You can divide the process broadly into two steps:

  1. Updating your build configuration
  2. Sending push notifications to your app users

We have covered both these steps in the following sections.

Updating your build configuration

Before you start sending push notifications, it is important to reconfigure your app build. The process is slightly different for Android and iOS builds.

The following sections cover every step you need to take in to enable push notifications for your Android and iOS builds.

Enabling push notifications for your Android build

The following steps cover the process of enabling push notifications within your Android build:

  • Login to your AppMySite account.
  • Go to the Download app section.
  • Select the Build app button under Android. You can select the Rebuild app button in case you have already created a build earlier on AppMySite.
  • You will now see a build popup screen and a toggle to enable push notifications. Activate the toggle. You will now see empty fields for the Google Firebase Server Key and Google Firebase Configuration. The following steps explain how you can get this info
    • Copy the Bundle Identifier on the popup screen as you will need it later.
    • Next, you will need to create a Firebase account. Once you have set up your account, create a new project for your app. You will next be directed to your Firebase dashboard.
    • Go to Project Settings. Navigate to the Your Apps section under General.
    • Click on Add app. Choose Android as your operating system.
    • You will be redirected to a new page where you need to enter your Android package name and app name. Paste the Bundle Identifier you copied from your popup screen.
    • After you click on Register, you will see a button to download the google-services.json file. You can upload this file in the Google Firebase Configuration field.
    • Next, go to Cloud Messaging under Project Settings. You will find your Firebase Server Key here under Project Credentials. Copy the server key and paste it in the Google Firebase Server Key.

Add firebase to your android app

  • Select Build app. This will complete your build configuration for push notifications. Submit this build to Google Play to start sending notifications to your app users.

Enabling push notifications for your iOS build

The following steps explain how to configure your iOS build for push notifications:

  • Login to your AppMySite account.
  • Go to the Download app section.
  • Select the Build app button under iOS. You can select the Rebuild app button in case you have already created a build earlier on AppMySite.
  • You will now see a build popup screen. Submit the essential certificates and info needed to generate an iOS build. You can generate these certificates on your Apple Developer account. Click here to get a complete guide on the same.
  • Turn on the  toggle to enable push notifications. You will now see empty fields for the Google Firebase Server Key and Google Firebase Configuration. The following steps explain how you can get this info:
    • Login to your Firebase account and navigate to Project Settings.
    • In the Your Apps section, click on Add App.
    • Choose iOS as your operating system.
    • Now enter your bundle identifier and app name. You can find your bundle identifier on the build popup screen. Click on Register when you are done.
    • You will now see a button to download the  googleservice-info.plist file. Download the file and upload it to the Google Firebase Configuration field.
    • Go to Cloud Messaging in Project Settings. You will find the Firebase Server Key here under Project Credentials.
    • Enter this key in the Google Firebase Server Key field on the build-pop up screen.
    • In your Firebase account, navigate back to Cloud Messaging. Upload your Production APN certificate here.
    • Click here to learn how to create a Production APN certificate on your Apple developer account.  

  • Select Build app on the build popup screen. Your new iOS build will be configured for push notifications. Submit your build to the App Store from your developer account to start sending notifications to your app users.

Sending push notifications to your app users

After configuring your build, you can start sending push notifications to your app users. You can do this from your AppMySite account.

The steps explain the process:

  • Login to your AppMySite account.
  • Go to Push Notifications in the left panel menu.
  • Click on Create New to set up a new notification for your app users.
  • Enter the title and message of the notification. The word limits for the title and message are 200 words and 1024 words respectively.
  • Select the recipients of your notification. You can choose between Android users, iOS users, or both.
  • If you wish to send the notification right away, select Send. If you want to schedule it for a later time, turn on the Schedule Notification toggle. You can then enter the date and time you wish to send your notification on. Select Send to schedule your notification once you’re done setting up the date and time.
  • If you are not sure about the notification content, you can use the Save as draft option to edit it later.
  • On the main Push Notifications screen, you can see all your sent, upcoming, and drafted notifications.

Setting up and managing your push notifications is very simple. Configure your build and get started with push notifications to start engaging with your app users. You can visit our knowledge base resource to know more about sending push notifications on AppMySite.

Also read: How to send push notifications to your app users from AppMySite?

In conclusion

Sending notifications is a great way to retain your app users. As user acquisition becomes more tedious, it is important for you to retain the app users you already have.

As AppMySite now supports push notifications, you can easily connect with your app users without breaking a sweat. The mobile app builder now enables you to adopt powerful retention techniques to keep your user base from churning out.

Support for push notifications is available for apps with code version 1.7.0 and above. You can check out our product release and release notes to learn more.