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One-time push

This delivery flow is the same for mobile and web push notification campaigns.
As a basic example, we’ll show you how to send a one-off push notification using Pushwoosh Journey. This flow shows you how to send a push notification immediately to a user segment of your choice.
Drag and drop the following elements to your canvas: Audience-based Entry, Push, and Exit. Connect the elements:
To send a push notification to all the opted-in users, double-click on the Audience-based Entry.
  1. 1.
    If you already have the segment ‘Push Alerts Enabled’, select it in the Audience Source:
  1. 2.
    If you don’t have the segment ‘Push Alerts Enabled’ yet, click Create Segment. In the opened tab, create a segment filter with the Tag ‘Push Alerts Enabled is true’. Click Save segment:
Then configure the Push element for content – learn how to create push notification presets.
Once your push is configured, click Launch campaign:

Platform Settings

iOS

Title. Specify the custom title of a push notification different from the app name. To boost open rates, personalize the message's title by using the Dynamic Content. Please note the title is the same for all languages your push is translated to. If you need a multi-language title, enable it in the Message section; the multi-language title is the same for all platforms.
Subtitle. Specify the subtitle for the iOS push notification. It'll be displayed between the title and the text of push message. Subtitles can be personalized with the Dynamic Content placeholders.
Badges. Set the iOS badge number to be sent with your push. Use +n / -n to increment / decrement the current badge value. Sending 0 clears badge from your app’s icon.
Sound. Specify the custom sound from the main bundle of your application. Make sure to locate the audio file to the root of your iOS project.
Audio file for custom iOS sound has to be in one of the following formats: .aif, .caf, .wav. Make sure to specify the format in the file's name; otherwise, it will be ignored by Pushwoosh iOS SDK.
Consider App Store limitations on bundle size when adding the sound file to your bundle.
iOS8 Category. Select a Category with the set of buttons for iOS8.
iOS Thread ID. Identifier to group related notifications by threads. Messages with the same thread ID are grouped on the lock screen and in the Notification Center. To create a thread ID, press Edit:
Enter the name and ID in the window opened, then press Save:
Select the thread ID from the drop-down list:
Take a look at how grouped push notifications with two different thread IDs look on a device:
iOS Root Params. Root level parameters to the APS dictionary.
iOS10+ Media attachment. URL to any video, audio, picture or GIF for iOS rich notification. See this guide for more details on iOS 10 Rich Notifications.
Send silent notification. Allows to send a silent push with content-available property. When a silent push arrives, iOS wakes up your app in the background, so you can get new data from your server or do background information processing.
Critical Push. Stands for iOS critical alerts playing a sound even if Do Not Disturb is on or iPhone is muted. Critical alerts are allowed only for apps entitled by Apple. To enable critical alerts for your app, submit the entitlement request at Apple Developer Portal.
Expiration time. Sets the period after which the push won't be delivered if the device was offline.

iOS 15 notification interruption levels

Starting from iOS 15, the Focus modes are managing notifications interruption levels on users’ devices. Using Focus modes, iPhone users can customize their notification preferences in various ways, including setting their own Work, Sleep, and Personal notification modes. These modes can allow notifications from particular apps the user chooses and block others from sending pushes while the mode is enabled. For example, a user might set the Work mode to allow notifications from the work-related apps only.
There are four interruption level options introduced in iOS 15:

Active Pushes (default)

Active pushes behave as regular notifications used to behave before iOS 15: the notification is presented immediately when it’s received, the screen lights up upon receiving the push, and sounds and vibrations can be played. If the Focus mode blocks the app’s notifications, Active Pushes won’t break through this mode.

Passive Pushes

As for Passive Pushes, the system adds them to the notification list without lighting up the screen or playing a sound. That type of pushes is used for notifications that do not require immediate user’s attention, for example, personal recommendations, offers, or updates. These notifications won’t break through Focus modes.

Time Sensitive Pushes

Time-sensitive interruption level allows for displaying pushes upon delivery even when the Focus mode blocks the app’s notifications. These notifications are displayed with a yellow Time-Sensitive banner. However, the user can turn off the ability for time-sensitive notification interruptions. Time Sensitive interruption level should be used for notifications that require immediate user’s attention, such as account security or package delivery alerts.

Critical Pushes

Critical interruption level pushes are displayed by the system immediately, even when Do Not Disturb is active. These pushes light up the screen and bypass the mute switch to play a sound. Critical pushes should be used for critical cases such as severe weather or safety alerts and require an approved entitlement.

Android

Push title. Specify your Android notification title here. Personalize the title with the Dynamic Content placeholders. Please note the title is the same for all languages your push is translated to. If you need a multi-language title, enable it in the Message section; the multi-language title is the same for all platforms.
Badges. Specify the badge value; use +n to increment.
Sound. Specify the custom sound filename in the “res/raw” folder of your application. Omit the file extension.
LED. Choose LED color, the device will do its best approximation.
Image Background Color. Icon background color on Android Lollipop.
Force Vibration. Vibrate on arrival; use for urgent messages only.
Icon. Path to the notification icon. Insert the Dynamic Content placeholders to personalize the icon.
Banner. Enter image URL here. Image must be ≤ 450px wide, ~2:1 aspect, and it will be center-cropped. Insert the Dynamic Content placeholders to personalize the banner.
Android root params. Root level parameters for the Android payload, custom key-value object.
Delivery priority. Enables notification’s delivery when the device is in the power saving mode. Notifications with high delivery priority will be delivered nevertheless, while normal delivery priority means that the notification will be delivered after the power saving mode is turned off.
Importance level. Sets the “importance” parameter for devices with Android 8.0 and higher, as well as the “priority” parameter for devices with Android 7.1 and lower. This parameter with valid values from -2 to 2 establishes the interruption level of a notification channel or a particular notification.
  • Urgent importance level (1-2) - the notification makes a sound and appears as a heads-up notification
  • High importance level (0) - the notification makes a sound and appears in the status bar
  • Medium importance level (-1) - the notification makes no sound but still appears in the status bar
  • Low importance level (-2) - the notification makes no sound and does not appear in the status bar
Expiration time. Set the period after which the push won't be delivered if the device was offline.
Notifications Channels. Starting from Android 8.0, you can create Notification Channels. To create a channel, there are two steps you need to do:
  1. 1.
    Set up the channel’s configuration. Specify all required parameters, such as sound, vibration, LED, and priority;
  2. 2.
    Specify channel's name by adding the following key-value pair to Android root params: {“pw_channel”:“NAME OF CHANNEL”}.
To send a notification to an existing channel, you need to specify the very same key-value pair in Android root params.
It is not possible to change the channel’s parameters after it’s created on the device.

Safari

Title. Specify your Safari notification title here. This field is required, otherwise the push will not be sent. Personalizing the Safari push title with Dynamic Content, you boost open rates and increase audience loyalty levels.
Please note the title is the same for all languages your push is translated to. If you need a multi-language title, enable it in the Message section; the multi-language title is the same for all platforms.
Action button label (optional). Specify custom action button label here. If not set, “Show” will be displayed as a default.
URL field. Replace placeholder with part of URL you specified in the app’s Safari configuration. Users will be redirected to this URL in Safari upon opening your notification.
Expiration time. Set the period after which the push won't be delivered if the device was offline.

Chrome

Icon. Specify icon name from your extension resources or full path URL. Personalizable with Dynamic Content placeholders.
Title. Specify Chrome notification title. Personalizable with Dynamic Content placeholders.
Please note the title is the same for all languages your push is translated to. If you need a multi-language title, enable it in the Message section; the multi-language title is the same for all platforms.
Large image. Add a large image to your notification by specifying the full path URL to the image.
Chrome root params. Set parameters specific for pushes sent to Chrome. For example, to send a regular link to Chrome platform in parallel with a Deep Link sent to mobile devices, enter the link here as follows: {"l": "http://example.com"} Chrome root params are prioritized over general push parameters for push notifications sent to Chrome. So Chrome subscribers will get the link you specify here while users with mobile devices will get the Deep Link.
Buttons. Create custom buttons for your pushes. Specify the button Title and the URL to be opened (it's optional). If URL is omitted, the button being pressed closes the push.
For button URLs, personalization is available for greater relevance to your users' interests, preferences, and activities. The dynamic data (Tag values assigned to a device) is inserted into the URL just as any Dynamic Content.
While entering the URL, press the Personalization button next to the input field.
Next, select a tag you'd like to use for personalizing the page the user will go to once pressing the button. For example, to take a user to your site's section based on where they're from, add the Country tag to the URL. Thus, for instance, a user from the United States who presses the Learn more button will go to https://pushwoosh.com/us.
Duration. Specify time for push to be displayed. Set to infinity, if you would like to display notification until user interacts with it.
Expiration time. Set the period after which the push won't be delivered if the device was offline.

Firefox

Icon. Specify the icon name in the resources of your extension, or the full path URL. Personalizable with Dynamic Content placeholders.
Title. Specify Firefox notification title. Personalizable with Dynamic Content placeholders.
Please note the title is the same for all languages your push is translated to. If you need a multi-language title, enable it in the Message section; the multi-language title is the same for all platforms.
Firefox root params. Set parameters specific for pushes sent to Firefox. For example, to send a regular link to Firefox platform in parallel with a Deep Link sent to mobile devices, enter the link here as follows: {l: “http://example.com”} Firefox root params are prioritized over general push parameters for push notifications sent to Firefox. So Firefox subscribers will get the link you specify here while users with mobile devices will get the Deep Link.

Windows 8, 10

Windows 8 provides over 60 toast, tile, raw and badge templates, so we added only toast templates to our GUI since they're the most popular. Tile, raw and badge templates are available via Remote API only.
First, choose the template from the list on the right to unlock corresponding inputs. Then you can input content for all languages you need. The number of fields in Windows 8 push templates differs, so we had to separate it from all other platforms. It has its own set of language tabs, used just like the general language tabs.

Amazon

Header. Specify your Amazon notification header here.
Sound. Specify custom sound filename in the “res/raw” folder of your application. Omit the file extension.
Icon. Path to notification icon.
Banner. Full path to notification banner.
Expiration time. Period after which the push won't be delivered if the device was offline.