How to Set Up Nexmo Push Notifications on Android

On incoming events, such as when a user receives a new message, or an incoming call, the user often expects to receive a push notification, if the app is not active.

This tutorial explains how to configure your Android app to receive push notifications from Nexmo Client SDK.

Set up Firebase project for your app

In order to enable push notifications for your Android app, you should use the Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM) API. To do that, start by adding Firebase to your Android project.

In case you have not done that already, more details can be found in the official Firebase documentation.

Provision your server key

Obtain a jwt_dev, which is a jwt without a sub claim. More details on how to generate a JWT can be found in the setup guide.

Get your server_api_key from Firebase console. Navigate to Firebase console --> project settings --> CloudMessaging Tab --> Server key

Get your Nexmo Application ID, app_id. It can be obtained from Nexmo Dashboard.

Run the following Curl command, replacing jwt_dev, server_api_key, app_id with your values:

curl -v -X PUT \
   -H "Authorization: Bearer $jwt_dev" \
   -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
   -d "{\"token\":\"$server_api_key\"}" \$app_id/push_tokens/android

Add Firebase Cloud Messaging to your Android project

In your IDE, in your app level build.gradle file (usually app/build.gradle), add the firebase-messaging dependency:

    implementation ''

You need to replace x.y.z with the latest Cloud Messaging versions number, which can be found on the Firebase website.

Implement a service to receive push notifications

If you do not have one already, create a service that extends FirebaseMessagingService. Make sure your service is declared in your AndroidManifest.xml:

<service android:name=".MyFirebaseMessagingService">
        <action android:name="" />

Enable Nexmo server to send push notifications to your device

In order for Nexmo to be able to send push notification to a device, the Nexmo server has to know the device token, also known as InstanceID.

In your implementation of FirebaseMessagingService, override onNewToken() and update the Nexmo servers with it:

override fun onNewToken(token: String?) {
    token?.let {
        NexmoClient.get().enablePushNotifications(token, requestListener)

Receive push notifications

Push notifications are received in your implementation of MyFirebaseMessagingService, on onMessageReceived() method.

You can use NexmoClient.isNexmoPushNotification( to determine if the message is sent from Nexmo server.

Use NexmoClient.get().processPushNotification(, listener) to process the data received from Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM) into an easy to use Nexmo object.

For example, in your MyFirebaseMessagingService:

 val pushEventListener = object : NexmoPushEventListener {
        override fun onIncomingCall(p0: NexmoCall?, p1: MemberEvent?) {
            TODO("not implemented")

        override fun onNewEvent(p0: NexmoEvent?) {
            TODO("not implemented")

        override fun onError(p0: NexmoApiError?) {
            TODO("not implemented")

    override fun onMessageReceived(message: RemoteMessage?) {
        message?.data?.let {
            if (NexmoClient.isCommsPushNotification( {
                NexmoClient.get().processPushNotification(, pushEventListener)



In this tutorial you have seen how to set up push notifications.