Background task when apns received

After reading APNS documentation, I have implemented apns into my app. Everything works fine, but I have a question.
I don’t know if it is possible, but I would like to do a task when my app is in background and I receive a apns notification.

This is my dictionary inside the notification:

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  • aps =
      alert = "message";
      sound = "default";

    If my app is in foreground, I execute this code:

    - (void)application:(UIApplication*)application didReceiveRemoteNotification:(NSDictionary*)userInfo
        [HTTPConnection sendGetToUrl:[NSURL URLWithString:stringUrl]];
        NSLog(@"Received notification: %@", userInfo);  

    But apns does not execute “didReceiveRemoteNotification” when the app is in background, so I would like to execute the method:

    [HTTPConnection sendGetToUrl:[NSURL URLWithString:stringUrl]];

    if I receive an apns notification in background.

    Is there any way to do it?

    Thanks so much!

    3 Solutions Collect From Internet About “Background task when apns received”

    Yes this is posible since iOS 7, you will need to add remote-notification to the UIBackgroundModes in your apps info.plist .

    Then implement the application:didReceiveRemoteNotification:fetchCompletionHandler: in your app delegate. You will have 30 seconds to fetch data, if you app takes longer the system might terminate your.

    - (void)application:(UIApplication *)application didReceiveRemoteNotification:(NSDictionary *)userInfo fetchCompletionHandler:(void (^)(UIBackgroundFetchResult result))handler {
       NSString *stringURl = /* some URL */;
       [HTTPConnection sendGetToUrl:[NSURL URLWithString:stringUrl]];
       // Once done call handler with one of the result types:
       // UIBackgroundFetchResultNewData, UIBackgroundFetchResultNoData, UIBackgroundFetchResultFailed

    You will have to notify the system when the call is done and that data is fetched by call the handler. As stated by the documentation you will need to tell the handler if you succeeded to fetch any data:


    The block to execute when the download operation is complete.
    When calling this block, pass in the fetch result value that best
    describes the results of your download operation. You must call this
    handler and should do so as soon as possible. For a list of possible
    values, see the UIBackgroundFetchResult type.

    Source from Apple Documentation:

              -(void)application:(UIApplication *)application
    didReceiveRemoteNotification:(NSDictionary *)userInfo
          fetchCompletionHandler:(void (^)(UIBackgroundFetchResult))completionHandler{

    Unlike the application:didReceiveRemoteNotification: method, which is called only when your app is running, the system calls this method regardless of the state of your app. If your app is suspended or not running, the system wakes up or launches your app and puts it into the background running state before calling the method.

    When this method is called, your app has up to 30 seconds of wall-clock time to perform the download operation and call the specified completion handler block. In practice, your app should call the handler block as soon as possible after downloading the needed data. If you do not call the handler in time, your app is suspended. More importantly, the system uses the elapsed time to calculate power usage and data costs for your app’s background downloads. For more information about supporting background operations in response to push notifications, see “App States and Multitasking” in iOS App Programming Guide.

    Tom updates:
    However, the system does not automatically launch your app if the user has force-quit it. In that situation, the user must relaunch your app or restart the device before the system attempts to launch your app automatically again.

    If you mean, after the user taps the notification, then you should check if UIApplicationLaunchOptionsRemoteNotificationKey exists in - (BOOL)application:didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:, for example:

    - (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions
        NSDictionary *rNotif = [launchOptions objectForKey:UIApplicationLaunchOptionsRemoteNotificationKey];
            NSString *myAlertString=rNotif[@"aps"][@"alert"];