Web Push with Mobile Safari (iOS 16.4) made easy
iOS 16.4 finally supports Push Notifications. Here is how to use them.
Since a few weeks the mobile Safari now supports Push Notifications. Of course I had to try it out and of course it didn't work right away, so here is a short summary of what you need:
- First of all you need VAPID Keys, that's just a keypair you can generate yourself, you don't have to register anywhere, like for push notifications for Apple App Store Apps. I won't link to any of those shady sites where you can do that in a web form. You can do it via OpenSSL.
onclickhandler and not directly when the page is opened
- A backend that stores the endpoints and tokens obtained from the browser.
- The app must be installed on the homescreen and needs a
manifest.json. I used
displayfield in the manifest.
- A backend component to send pushes. For PHP I used the minishlik/web-push library.
Done! If you know how it works, it's quite easy, right?