Problem Generating Remote Interactive Push Notifications Or a workaround ?

Hi Guys,

I have a requirement in my project to have remote interactive notifications, Currently the project development is on Expo managed API’s for 6 months now (for the other requirements). Last week I have no luck implementing remote interactive notifications, however I can have it locally. For remote, I can send push notification and receive it on the device but not interactive. According to the documentation for notifications API’s there’s no words states that _category only works locally. so I assumed I can receive interactive push remotely too.

My Attempt was using curl as follow

curl -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST "" -d '{
  "to": "ExponentPushToken[XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX]",
  "body": "world",
  "data": {"title":"hello", "body":"hello"}

and on the JS i have

    Notifications.createCategoryAsync(name="alarm", actions=[
        "buttonTitle":"Snooze 10 minutes"

The device receives the push however it’s not interactive.

I am testing on

  • Android (v7 and v8)

  • expo v32.0.2

  • expo-cli v2.7.0

  • react v16.5.0

  • react-native sdk-31.0.0


When the application is on the foreground or background (appears on the multitasking menu). On the notifications listener handler I dismiss the remote notification and generate another local notification
with a categoryId.


It works Good when the app is in the foreground or background but when the Application is completely closed ( not in the multitasking menu ). the App. Notification listener is no longer called when I receive the remote notification but only when I tab the notification. then the workaround doesn’t work and the notification is not longer interactive. When I tab the notification. the app launch and the listener handler is called. but this is too late as I want to have a single interactive notification.

The Question is

  • Can I generate a remote interactive push notification using Expo?

  • Is there a workaround to make it work as expected using local notifications?

  • Should I eject ? search for another react native solution ? is there a module in react native supports interactive remote push notifications to use ?

The Expo project is awesome and saved me a lot of time, My problem is I spent long period building the project functions relying on Expo and React Native, and is too expensive to throw all the work and start over using another framework.

Thanks Guys,

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