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How to integrate SMS notification in Bubble.io: Step-by-Step Guide

Unlock the power of SMS alerts in your Bubble.io apps with our easy step-by-step guide for seamless integration and enhanced user engagement.

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How to integrate SMS notification in Bubble.io?

Integrating SMS notifications into your Bubble.io app involves several steps that will allow you to configure notifications and send them to your users. Let's break down these steps for a smooth integration process:

Step 1:
Select a plugin that provides SMS notification capabilities for Bubble.io. As per the documentation, OneSignal is a service that can be used for such notifications through web pushes, which may include SMS. Check if OneSignal or similar services have SMS capabilities.

Step 2:
Install the chosen plugin in your Bubble.io app. Go to the "Plugins" tab in your Bubble editor and add the appropriate plugin, such as OneSignal for web push notifications.

Step 3:
After adding the plugin, you need to set up your account with the notification service provider, such as OneSignal. Create an account or log in to your existing account in the provider's platform.

Step 4:
The service provider, such as OneSignal, will require App ID and an API Key for integration. Locate these credentials in your provider's dashboard. In the OneSignal dashboard, go to Settings > Keys & IDs to retrieve this information.

Step 5:
Configure the notification prompt within the provider's dashboard. For OneSignal, under “Permission Prompt Setup”, you'll need to click “Add a Prompt”. Customize the notification prompt according to your needs, opting to turn auto-prompt off for greater control within Bubble.

Step 6:
Implement the necessary workflow actions within your Bubble.io app. With OneSignal, for instance, you would use the "Show notification prompt" workflow action to ask users for permission to send them notifications.

Step 7:
Add the retrieved credentials (App ID and API Key) to your Bubble plugin settings. Ensure correct configuration as per the plugin instructions to enable effective notification management.

Step 8:
Test the notification functionality to confirm that the integration is successful. Send a test notification through the Bubble workflow actions that involve the notification plugin.

Please note that while the above steps are focused on web notifications which could be used in a manner similar to SMS notifications, you should consult the documentation of the specific service to configure true SMS notifications if that is what you are aiming for. Some services may require different setup processes or may support different types of notifications.

Lastly, remember that handling personal user information such as phone numbers for SMS notifications requires strict adherence to privacy laws and regulations such as GDPR or the TCPA. Always ensure that users have explicitly given permission for you to send them notifications.

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