Mobile Center Push

Mobile Center Push enables you to send push notifications to users of your app from the Mobile Center portal. Mobile Center portal and the Push SDK is integrated with Firebase Cloud Messaging.

Note that only devices having the Google Play store application or emulators with Google APIs images can receive the notifications.


Firebase displays a notification in the system notification center only if the application is in background at the moment the Push is received.

Prerequisite - Add Firebase to your app

Before using Mobile Center Push service, you need to add Firebase to your application. You can either choose a manual integration or Firebase Assistant.

1. Prerequisites

Please learn about Prerequisites, in particular please make sure to keep Google Repository up-to-date in the Android SDK Manager.

2. Manual integration

  1. Follow the instructions listed in Manually add Firebase section.

  2. Make sure to continue following instructions in Add the SDK sub section right after but do not add compile "${version}" as the SDK manages this step for you can it could trigger incompatibilities if versions mismatch.

3. Using Firebase Assistant

  1. Follow these instructions if you don't see Firebase in the Tools menu.

  2. Click on Tools > Firebase and follow only the first two following steps:

    1. Connect your app to Firebase

    2. Add FCM to your app

Step 3 is managed by Mobile Center SDK automatically, so you can stop after step 2.


Please remove this if added automatically as the SDK manages this for you can it can trigger build errors if versions mismatch:

   compile "${version}"
   compile "${version}"

4. Obtain your Android API Key

Go to Project Settings and under Cloud Messaging, copy your Server Key. This will be the Android API Key that you will need to set in the Mobile Center Push portal.

Add Mobile Center Push to your app

Please follow the Get started section if you haven't set up and started the SDK in your application, yet. The Mobile Center SDK is designed with a modular approach – you only need to integrate the services that you're interested in.

  1. Open a Terminal and navigate to the root of your React Native project, then enter the following to add Mobile Center Push to the app:

    npm install mobile-center-push --save
  2. Link the plugin to the React Native app by using the react-native link command.

    react-native link mobile-center-push

Those steps modify your file, adding RNPushPackage there.

Intercept push notifications

You can set up a listener to be notified whenever a push notification is received in foreground or a background push notification has been clicked by the user.


Firebase does not generate notifications when the push is received in foreground.


If the push is received in background, the event is NOT triggered at receive time. The event is triggered when you click on the notification.


The Firebase SDK does NOT expose title and message to the background notification click callback. title and message are only available in foreground pushes.

You need to register the listener when your app starts. A convenient place to do that is at the outer level in the .js file for your root component:

import Push from 'mobile-center-push';
import { AppState, Alert } from 'react-native';

class MyApp extends Component {

  pushNotificationReceived: function (pushNotification) {
    let message = pushNotification.message;
    let title = pushNotification.title;

    if (message === null || message === undefined) {
      // Android messages received in the background don't include a message. On Android, that fact can be used to
      // check if the message was received in the background or foreground. For iOS the message is always present.
      title = "Android background";
      message = "<empty>";

    // Custom name/value pairs set in the Mobile Center web portal are in customProperties
    if (pushNotification.customProperties && Object.keys(pushNotification.customProperties).length > 0) {
      message += '\nCustom properties:\n' + JSON.stringify(pushNotification.customProperties);

    if (AppState.currentState === 'active') {
      Alert.alert(title, message);
    else {
      // Sometimes the push callback is received shortly before the app is fully active in the foreground.
      // In this case you'll want to save off the notification info and wait until the app is fully shown
      // in the foreground before displaying any UI. You could use AppState.addEventListener to be notified
      // when the app is fully in the foreground.

Existing Firebase Analytics users


Mobile Center Push has a dependency on Firebase. Firebase Analytics is included in the core Firebase module and therefore, it's a dependency for Firebase messaging. Mobile Center Push SDK automatically disables Firebase Analytics to prevent unwanted data collection by Firebase.

If you are a Firebase customer and want to keep reporting analytics data to Firebase, you need to call the following method before RNPushPackage is instantiated, like from MainApplication.onCreate:




Enable or disable Mobile Center Push at runtime

You can enable and disable Mobile Center Push at runtime. If you disable it, the SDK will stop updating the Google registration identifier used to push but the existing one will continue working. In other words, disabling the Mobile Center Push in the SDK will NOT stop your application from receiving push notifications.

import Push from 'mobile-center-push';


await Push.setEnabled(false);      // Disable push
await Push.setEnabled(true);       // Re-enable it

Check if Mobile Center Push is enabled

You can also check if Mobile Center Push is enabled or not:

import Push from 'mobile-center-push';


const pushEnabled = await Push.isEnabled();