You can use Ariela in combination with Home Assistant in order to receive notifications directly on your Android device. What can you do more is using those notifications to send custom commands back to the server. One cool example: receive notification that someone opened your front door, and using the notification you can start the home protection mode (blinking lights, siren etc).

1. Setup

  • Install Ariela (if not already done that)
  • Have Home Assistant version at least 0.92 or later and mobile_app component enabled

2. Usage

2.1 Sending the notification

The android actionable notifications are set up the same as the html5 notifications. The following parameters can be sent:

title
target
message
data:
  actions
  color
  message_type
  tag
  dismiss
  image
  icon
ParameterRequiredDescription
messageRequiredBody of the notification
titleOptionalTitle for the notification, default value: Home Assistant
targetOptionalTarget notification to be delivered to one specific device
dataOptionalExtra parameters for the notification

Parameters for the data section of the notification. Everything here is optional.

ParameterDescription
colorA hex color such as #FF0000, default value is a blue
message_type‘notification’ or ‘data’, defaults to ‘data’. This is the type of FCM that is sent. Notification has higher priority, but can’t include actions or be dismissed by Home Assistant.
tagMust be an integer. Tag is the ‘id’ of the notifications. Sending a new notification to the same tag will overwrite the current notification instead of creating a separate one.
dismisstrue or false, requires a tag parameter. If true, the notification will be dismissed.
actionsArray of objects (up to 3) with an ‘action’ and ‘title’. The title will be the button text on the notification, the action is what is sent back in the callback
imageA URL of an image to send. The image overwrites the BigTextStyle so longer texts will be truncated. The image will also be smaller if actions are included
iconA URL of an icon to use for the notification. Only on >= SDK 26. Careful to choose icon with transparent background to follow Android guidelines.

In order to send a “regular” notification without actions, all you have to do is not include them in the call to the service, such as below.

- service: notify.mobile_app_galaxy_s8
  data:
    message: Anne has arrived home

This will send a simple push notification without any action buttons.

If you want to include some actions, something like this will work:

- service: notify.android
  data:
    message: Anne has arrived home
    data:
      actions:
        - action: open
          title: Open Home Assistant
        - action: open_door
          title: Open door 

This will have two buttons, one that says “Open Door” and one that says “Open Home Assistant”. The action for each button (“open” or “open_door” in this example) will be returned in the callback.

2.2 Handling the callback

The callback is pushed to the event bus. It can be accessed via ariela_notification_clicked. The “action” of the button that was pressed is included in the event_data. So an automation would looks something like:

- alias: TEST RESPONSE
  trigger:
  - event_data:
      action: open_door
    event_type: ariela_notification_clicked
    platform: event
  condition: []
  action:
  - data:
      entity_id: light.front_door
    service: light.turn_on