Special considerations for using Nearby Notifications by Google

Nearby Notifications by Google is a great tool that allows you to reach out to Android device users through beacons, without the need of having your own mobile app. All details about Nearby Notifications are described in Google's own documentation, so we are not going into much details about them. 

The purpose of this article is to highlight the things needed to work with Nearby Notifications in terms of beacon configurations and what to expect. 

It is as simple as following these steps:

1. Configure your beacon on the Kontakt.io Web Panel with Eddystone UID and synchronize the changes using Kontakt.io Administration apps. 

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2. Register your beacons with Google following the steps described in their documentation.
To do this, use the Beacon Tools app, available for Android and iOS.

To register the beacon:

  1. Launch the app and select the Google Developer project you want to use.
  2. Position your device near the beacon. You should see a list of beacons.
  3. Select the beacon you want to register, then tap Register Beacon. The beacon should then appear under the Registered tab.

3. Once registered, you can add Nearby Notification attachments using the Google beacon dashboard by following the steps described in Google's documentation:

  1. Go to the Google Beacon Dashboard.
  2. Select your project from the list of Google Developers Console projects.

To add a Nearby Notification attachment: 

  1. Click View beacon details and select Nearby Notifications.
  2. Enter a Title and two-letter language code.
  3. Select either Production mode or Debug mode.
  4. Click Web URL and choose the type of URL to add (Web URLApp intent, or Free-form App Intent).
  5. Fill in the corresponding fields for the selected URL type.
  6. Click Create to add the notification.

Make sure that your attachment follows the data format described in this article..

NOTE If you are not receiving the notifications, please make sure you have enabled all the required settings on your device, as described here. There are other factors to consider, as described in the Nearby Notifications FAQ.

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