Saturday, March 6

How do web notifications work on Frandroid?

Frandroid now offers you a web notifications system. We explain how it works.

You have probably seen this pop-up appear in your browser asking you if it is possible to have the authorization to “send notifications”. When asked when loading a website, our advice is to refuse. You don’t know what or how often you will receive it.

We have deployed a function that will allow you to receive web notifications as soon as an article is published on Frandroid. This is a feature linked to what is called the PWA (progressive web app) which has already been available on Frandroid for a few months and which allows you to offer you new features. We did things our way, the one we thought was best for you, so here are some explanations.

How do web notifications work on Frandroid? How to activate and configure them?

Web notifications go through the web browser, whether you are using Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome or Apple Safari. These notifications work on macOS, GNU / Linux, Windows 10, Chrome OS as well as Android, however they do not work on iOS and iPadOS. This is a restriction related to these systems.

By default, notifications are disabled.  We have chosen not to make a wild activation request

By default, notifications are disabled. We have chosen not to make a wild activation request

To activate them, you can go to the menu Settings at the top of the site, or you can click here. All you have to do is activate “Activate notifications”. A system window will then ask for authorization, it is important to authorize it.

Example of the system authorization necessary for the proper functioning of Frandroid web notifications

Example of the system authorization necessary for the proper functioning of Frandroid web notifications

By default, you will receive notifications for important articles. You can configure them to receive:

  • All articles posted (approximately 25 to 30 per day)
  • Important items (about 2 to 4 per day)
  • Good deals (around 3 to 10 per day)
  • Live, live event coverage (approximately 1 per month)

You can activate and deactivate them at any time from this menu, as well as adjust the nature and frequency of these notifications.

This is not working, what are the solutions?

The first thing to do is to check that you have given permission to the Frandroid site to be able to send you notifications. On Chrome and Chrome mobile, you can check this by clicking on the little lock in the URL address bar.

There it is, we can send you web notifications!

There it is, we can send you web notifications!

On Safari, you have to go to the browser settings in Websites> Notifications. Same observation on Microsoft Edge, go to the Settings of Microsoft Edge, then, at the bottom in Show advanced settings, all you have to do is find the section Website permissions. Just below is a button Manage, you have to click on it: it loads the list of permissions granted for notifications. Check that the Frandroid site is available on it.

The settings in Safari also allow you to manage permissions by website

The settings in Safari also allow you to manage permissions by website

If you still don’t receive web notifications

If you are still not receiving notifications, web notifications may be blocked at the system level. You can manage them on Windows 10, macOS or even Android very simply. In macOS, this can be found in System Preferences> Notifications, then just look for your browser in the list.

Managing notifications in macOS

Managing notifications in macOS

Sure Android, you have to go to the settings then in Apps and notifications, find your web browser in the list of apps and finally click on Notifications. Same thing on Windows 10, click the Start button, and then select settings> notifications & actions system. If you are using a GNU / Linux distribution, you probably already know where the notification management is. We give you a hint … sudo apt-get… It obviously depends on your GNU / Linux distribution.

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