Expo push notifications do not vibrate and make no sound in Android 6

Please provide the following:

  1. SDK Version: 37
  2. Platforms(Android/iOS/web/all): Android

We create the following push notification channel:

if (Platform.OS === 'android') {
        Notifications.createChannelAndroidAsync('chat-messages2', {
          name: 'Conversas',
          sound: true,
          priority: 'max',
          vibrate: [0, 250, 250, 250],

If we send notifications to subscribers using Android 8+, the notifications arrive and they vibrate.

However, if we use Android 6, the notifications arrive in the device, but they don’t make any sound nor vibrate it.

This is a brand new notification channel (hence the 2 in the name), so we are not trying to update a previous channel settings.

Hey @dev_temporadalivre,

Is this occurring in a standalone app or while in the Expo client? Also, do notifications sent outside of the chat-messages2 channel produce a sound?


Hi there @adamjnav , thanks for the quick reply.

  1. It’s a standalone app in production;

  2. No notifications produce sound/vibration whatsoever, even if we don’t specify any channelId. We’ve tried creating multiple channels but we haven’t had any luck. In Android 8+ it works fine.

@adamjnav Adam, do you have any news on this one?

@adamjnav Adam, do you have any update on this? Thank you.

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