Lets talk about testing push notifications for Android.
Why to do this
- To ensure the device registration works fine. This is required to identify which device the notification needs to be pushed.
- Ensure push notifications work for multiple devices for the same user.
- To have confidence that the notifications are received by the device for the given device. Currently, no way to know if the notfication was delivered & received successfully.
How to do this
- Using Appium
- Tested on a real device
- Making the call to push notification
- Registration of device is tested implicitly i.e.
- A successful push notification is only received , if the device registration is succesful.
- Login to a device to register the device implicitly ( because the app does it so ). If you have a different flow , do that to ensure the device registration flow is triggered successfully.
- Make the call to push the notification. Mostly a REST call.
- Swipe the Android Status Bar
- Poll & check for the push notification to have arrived & be present.
- Scroll the Notification Menu
new TouchAction(appiumDriver) .press(PointOption.point(0,0)) .moveTo(PointOption.point(450, 1750)) .release() .perform()
- Identify the Push Notification This worked because my push notification was the first notification,else list all the notifications & then find the expected notification
@AndroidFindBy(id = 'android:id/big_text') MobileElement notificationElement
- Poll for the element to be displayed & then edtract text for assertion Ensure the notification in question is displayed before the getText() call.
assert notificationElement.getText().toContain(<Expected Text>)