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android – RemoteMessage.GetNotification() returns null when request is not from Firebase Console?

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment

Questions:

I am testing Firebase Cloud Messaging.

If I use a Firebase Console to send a message – in my code I Notification object with values set – not a problem:

public override void OnMessageReceived(RemoteMessage message)
    {
        base.OnMessageReceived(message);

        Firebase.Messaging.RemoteMessage.Notification oNotification;

        oNotification = message.GetNotification();

I am using http://requestmaker.com/ to send a notification – and all works fine – it gets sent and I get back the messageID.

POST /fcm/send HTTP/1.1
Host: fcm.googleapis.com
Accept: */*
Authorization: key=not-a-real-key0omClYhniZaIAercMVzeFHEG508USi8lud9pxC-SzxAAbR2mflAfVNsfrbrsPJxoFYTr15ytRn9aqWSQXm5x00AOwu2Wl6mWwTcm9l6G
Content-Length: 188
Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded

But the oNotification = message.GetNotification(); returns null.
The questions is – why?

How to&Answers:

It seems that you were sending a data payload instead of a notification payload. When using the Firebase Console, the message sent is always treated as a notification payload message (or a combination of both if you added custom key-value pairs in the Advance Options). See FCM Message Types.

It’s possible that you were only sending data-only payloads when using the requestmaker. In your code, you’re only handling messages with notification payload types:

message.GetNotification();

I’m not fully familiar with Android Xamarin, but usually with FCM, there is also a way to get the data payloads by calling RemoteMessage.getData(), should you decide to send data-only payloads.