Quickstart: Set up push notifications in a notification hub

Azure Notification Hubs provides a push engine that's easy to use and that scales out. Use Notification Hubs to send notifications to any platform (iOS, Android, Windows, Baidu) and from any back end (cloud or on-premises). For more information, see What is Azure Notification Hubs?.

In this quickstart, you'll use the platform notification system (PNS) settings in Notification Hubs to set up push notifications on multiple platforms. The quickstart shows you the steps to take in the Azure portal. Google Firebase Cloud Messaging includes instructions for using the Azure CLI.

If you haven't already created a notification hub, create one now. For more information, see Create an Azure notification hub in the Azure portal or Create an Azure notification hub using the Azure CLI

Apple Push Notification Service

To set up Apple Push Notification Service (APNS):

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Notification Hub page, select Apple (APNS) from the left menu.

  2. For Authentication Mode, select either Certificate or Token.

    a. If you select Certificate:

    • Select the file icon, and then select the .p12 file you want to upload.

    • Enter a password.

    • Select Sandbox mode. Or, to send push notifications to users who purchased your app from the store, select Production mode.

      Screenshot of an APNS certificate configuration in the Azure portal

    b. If you select Token:

    • Enter the values for Key ID, Bundle ID, Team ID, and Token.

    • Select Sandbox mode. Or, to send push notifications to users who purchased your app from the store, select Production mode.

      Screenshot of an APNS token configuration in the Azure portal

For more information, see Push notifications to iOS by using Azure Notification Hubs.

Google Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM)

To set up push notifications for Google FCM:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Notification Hub page, select Google (GCM/FCM) from the left menu.

  2. Paste the API Key for the Google FCM project that you saved earlier.

  3. Select Save.

    Screenshot that shows how to configure Notification Hubs for Google FCM

When you complete these steps, an alert indicates that the notification hub has been successfully updated. The Save button is disabled.

For more information on pushing notifications to an Android application, see Send push notifications to Android devices using Firebase.

Windows Push Notification Service

To set up Windows Push Notification Service (WNS):

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Notification Hub page, select Windows (WNS) from the left menu.

  2. Enter values for Package SID and Security Key.

  3. Select Save.

    Screenshot that shows the Package SID and Security Key boxes

For information, see Send notifications to UWP apps by using Azure Notification Hubs.

Microsoft Push Notification Service for Windows Phone

To set up Microsoft Push Notification Service (MPNS) for Windows Phone:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Notification Hub page, select Windows Phone (MPNS) from the left menu.

  2. Enable either unauthenticated or authenticated push notifications:

    a. To enable unauthenticated push notifications, select Enable unauthenticated push > Save.

    Screenshot that shows how to enable unauthenticated push notifications

    b. To enable authenticated push notifications:

    • On the toolbar, select Upload Certificate.
    • Select the file icon, and then select the certificate file.
    • Enter the password for the certificate.
    • Select OK.
    • On the Windows Phone (MPNS) page, select Save.

For more information, see Push notifications to Windows Phone apps by using Notification Hubs.

Baidu (Android China)

To set up push notifications for Baidu:

  1. In the Azure portal, on the Notification Hub page, select Baidu (Android China) from the left menu.

  2. Enter the Api Key that you obtained from the Baidu console in the Baidu cloud push project.

  3. Enter the Secret Key that you obtained from the Baidu console in the Baidu cloud push project.

  4. Select Save.

    Screenshot of Notification Hubs that shows the Baidu (Android China) configuration for push notifications

When you complete these steps, an alert indicates that the notification hub has been successfully updated. The Save button is disabled.

For more information, see Get started with Notification Hubs by using Baidu.

Next steps

In this quickstart, you learned how to configure platform notification system settings for a notification hub in the Azure portal.

To learn more about how to push notifications to various platforms, see these tutorials:

-Push notifications to iOS devices by using Notification Hubs and APNS -Push notifications to Android devices by using Notification Hubs and Google FCM -Push notifications to a UWP app running on a Windows device -Push notifications to a Windows Phone 8 app by using MPNS -Push notifications by using Notification Hubs and Baidu cloud push