Understanding and Checking Android notification permissions

Understanding permissions

On Android, notification permissions are granted by default. However, a user may revoke them later through various means. In addition, a user may manage or revoke permissions at any of three levels; application-wide, channel groups and channels.

Checking permissions

For each level, you can check whether notifications are permitted through a direct Notifee API call, or listen for changes with event listeners.

Application wide

To check whether the user has enabled notifications for your app, call getNotificationSettings. The authorizationStatus attributes will returns DENIED if user has denied the permission, and AUTHORIZED if it's granted.

import notifee from '@notifee/react-native';

async function checkNotificationPermission() {
  const settings = await notifee.getNotificationSettings();

  if (settings.authorizationStatus == AuthorizationStatus.AUTHORIZED) {
    console.log('Notification permissions has been authorized');
  } else if (settings.authorizationStatus == AuthorizationStatus.DENIED) {
    console.log('Notification permissions has been denied');

If you determine notifications are disabled, you may want to offer the user the ability to open notification settings to enable it. The openNotificationSettings API may be used to implement this feature.

Channels & Channels Groups

To check whether the user has enabled notifications for specific channels or channel groups, call either getChannel or getChannelGroups. Both of these functions will return a respective object with blocked attributes in it.

import notifee from '@notifee/react-native';

async function checkChannelPermission() {
  const channel = await notifee.getChannel();

  if (channel.blocked) {
    console.log('Channel is disabled');
  } else {
    console.log('Channel is enabled');

Permission events

For listening to permission change events, refer to the Listening to channel events documentation.

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