To enable Push Notifications and In-App Messaging for an app, simply enable the Messaging feature within Kumulos, upload your APNS and/or FCM certificates and then integrate an SDK into your app project. As soon as you publish the update to the app stores you will then be able to send push notifications and in-app messages to your users.

If you are an agency, managing an app for a client, you can now send messages on their behalf as part of a retention and engagement service you can deliver for them or, you can let them do this from their Client Portal showing your brand.

Enable Messaging

Create a Client

Kumulos groups your Apps under Clients, usually the name of the company whose app you are building or optimizing. To add a new client click the primary action button from your agency console.

Add a Client

Fill in the name of the client. If you are managing an app for someone else, you can enable the Client Portal so they can send push notifications and in-app messages to their users. Click "Save" when done.

Add a Client

You will now be redirected to the client dashboard.

Add an App

Now, you can add an app for that client by clicking the primary action button. Fill in the name of the App, and optionally, add a brief description and upload an icon. Click "Save" when done.

Create an App

You will now be redirected to the dashboard for that app where you can enable Push Notifications.

Enable Messaging

To start a 30 day free trial, either select Messaging from the left menu or click the Start button next to Messaging on the App Dashboard.

Start using messaging

You will now see some more information about the Messaging feature.

Enable messaging

Click Enable when prompted. You will be asked to confirm that you wish to begin a 30 day free trial.

Confirm start trial

Click Yes, proceed when prompted. Your 30 day trial of messaging will begin.


Configure Gateways

In order to send messages to users of your app, you must configure one or more messaging gateways. For mobile push notifications, this means configuring the Apple Push Notification Service (APNS) and/or Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM), uploading your push certificates to Kumulos and then integrating the SDK. For in-app messaging, you simply need to integrate the SDK. There is no additional configuration required for web push notifications.

Click CONFIGURE NOW or, expand 'Messaging' in the left menu and select 'Configuration'.

Configure Messaging Dashboard

You will now see the Messaging Configuration screen where you can add your APNS and/or FCM credentials and download the appropriate SDKs for your app.

Messaging Configuration Screen

Click the cog icon next to the platform you would like to configure to open the dialog where you can enter the required information to send push notifications to iOS devices via APNS and/or Android devices via FCM.

Configure Push Dialog

APNS Configuration

In order to send push notifications to iOS devices with Kumulos, you'll need to create certificates in the Apple Developer Member Center. The steps to complete this are shown in the video guide.

Configuring APNS for iOS with Kumulos

FCM Configuration

In order to enable push notifications for Android with Kumulos, you'll need to set up an FCM project and configure push for your app. These steps are shown in the following video guide.

Enabling Push Notifications for Android


Download and Integrate an SDK

You can now download the appropriate SDK(s) for your mobile app by selecting an SDK from the list at the bottom of the Configuration screen.

Download SDK

Follow the integration guide for that SDK to initialize the Kumulos client in your app project. Please note that you will need the API Key and Secret Key shown on the App Dashboard to do this.

For web push notifications, you will need the Website & PWA SDK, which is distributed through a CDN or NPM. In addition to your API Key and Secret Key shown on the App Dashboard, you will also need the VAPID public key from the web push configuration dialog.

VAPID Keys Dialog

Once you have this, please follow the Website & PWA integration guide.

Checking installs of your App

When you run your app on a simulator or install your app on a device, you can check that the SDK has been initialized correctly by selecting the app and clicking the Installs tab to see the ten most recent installs of your app. Click on an install, click the 'Push' tab and click Send Test Push.

Recent installs

If you experience any difficulties integrating an SDK, please don't hesitate to contact support who are standing by to help!


Reviewing your Configuration

To review your messaging gateway configuration, expand 'Messaging' in the left menu and select 'Configuration'.

This will show how many installs are subscribed to receive push notifications and how many and users have opted in to receive in-app messages, broken down by platform.

Messaging Configuration

The 'Push Notifications' widget is where you can reconfigure the APNS and FCM platforms. This will show an amber, warning alert if the push certificate for APNS is due to expire in under two weeks.

APNS Certificate Expired

This will show a red critical alert if the certificate has expired! In other words, if you cannot now send notifications to your iOS app! These alerts will be reflected in the App Dashboard.

APNS Certificate Expired

Click on the cog to see the expiry date of the certificate and upload a new one.

APNS Certificate Expiry Date


Customize Web Push Icon

To customize the icon displayed with web push notifications, expand 'Messaging' in the left menu, select 'Configuration' and click the settings cog next to the web icon.

Customize Icon

You can either enter the URL to the icon or use your media library. Click CHOOSE/UPLOAD ICON to open your media library. Here, you can upload a new icon or select an icon previously uploaded.

To upload a new icon, click the upload primary action button. Click 'Choose File' to browse your computer and find the icon. Select any tags to help you find the icon later or to add a new tag, just start typing and click 'Create new tag'. Click 'Upload' to add the icon to your media library and use this for your web push notifications.

To use an icon you have previously uploaded, simply select the icon and click the tick primary action button. You can either scroll through your library or filter by the tags you have added previously.

Click CONFIGURE when done.


That's it - you're all set to start sending notifications to your subscribers! Read on to learn about your messaging dashboard, how to use segments, channels, geofences and beacons to target your audience, how to send push notifications and in-app messages and how to create automation rules to automatically send notifications on a trigger such as a device entering or exiting a geofence.