Using the Apple Push Notification service

Implementing push notifications with Azure Mobile Services on iOS is very simple to set up from an Azure backend perspective. The most complicated part is working through Apple's process of creating certificates and provisioning profiles in order to configure your iOS application. Before we continue, make sure you have a valid iOS Developer Program account, as you will not be able to send push notifications without one. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of push notifications, take a look at Apple's documentation at

To send push notifications, you need to set up the following:

  • An explicit App ID registered with Apple
  • A provisioning profile targeting that App ID
  • A certificate ...

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