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Apple Push Notification service (APNs certificate)

An APNs certificate enables you to send notifications to your iOS app users. The following steps will explain the process of creating an APNs certificate.

  • Log in to your Apple developer account.
  • Click on Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles.
  • Navigate to the Keys screen. Click on the + button next to Keys to create a new key.
  • You’ll now be redirected to the Register a New Key screen.
  • Enter a key name. You can include your app name here (For example: if your app name is Daily Fashion, your key name can be ‘Daily Fashion APNs certificate‘). 
  • Select the box next to Apple Push Notification services.
  • Click on Configure next to Sign in with Apple. 
  • Choose your App ID from the dropdown. 
  • Click on Save
  • Next, click on Continue.
  • Select Register to register your new key. 
  • Download your key. Keep in mind that the key can never be downloaded again after you download it once. Also, copy your Key ID. 
  • Next, upload this key to your Firebase account. Navigate to Google Firebase.
  • Click on the Settings icon in the left panel menu and select the Project Setting button. 
  • Go to the Cloud Messaging screen. 
  • Click on Upload below the APNs Authentication Key section.
  • Select Browse and upload the key file you downloaded earlier from your App Store Connect account. 
  • Paste your Key ID in the field. 
  • To get your Team ID, navigate to Membership in your Apple developer account. 
  • Copy your Team ID. 
  • Paste it in the Team ID field on Google Firebase. 
  • Click on Upload.

You will only be able to download your key file from your App Store Connect account once. We recommend you create a backup of this key file in case you need it later.

Follow our complete guide to configure push notifications for your iOS app build here.

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