Asking Permission to Use Notifications

Ask the user's permission to display alerts, play sounds, or badge the app’s icon in response to a notification.


Local and remote notifications get the user’s attention by displaying an alert, badging your app’s icon, or playing sounds. These interactions occur when your app isn't running or is in the background. They let users know that your app has relevant information for them to view. Because the user might consider notification-based interactions disruptive, you must obtain permission to use them.

The system is prompting the user to allow or disallow the use of alerts, sounds, and badges when the app sends notifications.

Request Authorization at Launch Time

Make your authorization request during your app's launch cycle. In your app's launch-time code, get the shared UNUserNotificationCenter object and call its requestAuthorizationWithOptions:completionHandler: method, as shown in Listing 1. Specify all of the interaction types that your app employs. The example requests authorization to display alerts and play sounds.

Listing 1

Requesting authorization to show alerts and play sounds

UNUserNotificationCenter* center = [UNUserNotificationCenter currentNotificationCenter];[center requestAuthorizationWithOptions:
         (UNAuthorizationOptionAlert + 
   completionHandler:^(BOOL granted, NSError * _Nullable error) {
      // Enable or disable features based on authorization.

The first time your app makes this authorization request, the system prompts the user to grant or deny the request and records the user’s response. Subsequent authorization requests don't prompt the user.

Configure Notification Support Based on Authorized Interactions

Before trying to schedule local notifications from your app, make sure that your app is authorized to do so. Even if permission was granted initially, the user can change your app’s authorization settings at any time. Users can also change the types of interactions that are allowed for your app, which might cause you to change the way you configure your notifications.

Use authorization settings to provide a better experience for your users. Even if you specify the appropriate information in your UNMutableNotificationContent object, the system doesn't perform interactions if your app is not authorized to do so. To get the current settings, call the getNotificationSettingsWithCompletionHandler: method of UNUserNotificationCenter. In Listing 2, the code determines uses a guard condition to prevent the scheduling of notifications if the app is not authorized. The code then configures the notification based on what types of interactions are allowed, preferring the use of an alert-based notification whenever possible.

Listing 2

Checking your app's authorization setting

let notificationCenter = UNUserNotificationCenter.current()
notificationCenter.getNotificationSettings { (settings) in
   // Do not schedule notifications if not authorized.
   guard settings.authorizationStatus == .authorized else {return}

   if settings.alertSetting == .enabled {         
      // Schedule an alert-only notification.
   else {
      // Schedule a notification with a badge and sound.

Even if your app isn't authorized for specific interactions, you may want to configure your notification with the relevant information anyway. Notifications containing alerts are still displayed in Notification Center if the notificationCenterSetting property of the UNNotificationSettings object is set to UNNotificationSettingEnabled. Notifications are also delivered to the userNotificationCenter:willPresentNotification:withCompletionHandler: method of your notification center delegate when your app is in the foreground.