What happens when I receive a Beep?

It’s very similar to what you’re already used to with text messages.

When an organisation sends you a notification, you’ll get a Beep.

You’ll see a little notification pop up in your phone’s notification area. If your volume is up, you’ll also hear a “beep beep” sound. You can tap on the notification to open the message in the Beep app.

Any Beeps you receive will also appear in your inbox in the Beep app.

How do Beeps work?

Beep uses FCM or Firebase Cloud Messaging, which is a service provided by Google that allows us to send push notifications to Android devices. That’s a bit of a mouthful, so we just call them “beeps”.

On Apple devices we use their equivalent, the Apple Push Notification Service or APNS.

Push noti-what?

Push notifications are just like text messages, but instead of using your mobile phone network’s SMS text messaging service, they use a data connection and come through Apple’s Push Notification Service, or Google’s Cloud Messaging service.

You’re probably already receiving push notifications from other apps on your smartphone - any of those “in-app” notifications are likely to use Apple’s or Google’s push notification service.

How much data is this going to eat?

A tiny amount.

Each notification uses around one to four kilobytes of data. You can fit hundreds of them into a single megabyte. So even if you’re really, really popular, you don’t need to worry.

I’ve registered, but I’m not receiving notifications?

Make sure you have notifications enabled, and that you have a mobile data connection.

Enabling notifications

Notifications are usually enabled by default, but you may need to manually enable them. The exact steps are slightly different depending on your exact device and version of Android - contact our helpdesk if you’re stuck.

  • Open your phone’s Settings app
  • On Android 7 (Nougat):
    • Open AppsBeep and ensure importance is not set to block notifications
  • On Android 6 (Marshmellow):
    • Open AppsBeep and ensure Block Notifications is not turned on
  • On Android 5 (Lollipop):
    • Open AppsBeep and enable Show Notifications
    • Also open Sound & NotificationApp NotificationsBeep and ensure Block Notifications is not on

If you’re still receiving text messages from organisations using Beep

It’s likely that the organisation doesn’t have your correct mobile number. Get in touch with them and make sure they are up to date.