What are the current methods to get push notifications on the iPhone?

I am looking for something that would display a badge or a banner on the iPhone when someone posts an answer to my question or a comment on my post.

Yes, like an app. Of course, I know that the Stack Exchange apps are long dead. What do you use instead as a method for letting you know of the Stack Exchange activity, without opening the Stack Exchange page in the iPhone browser?

My current workaround is to use the badges and banners of the Gmail app on my iPhone, but this informs me of any new emails, while I am looking only for the notifications from Stack Exchange.

When posting an answer, please:

  • Post the complete solution, for example if it involves an RSS feed, then include in the answer your suggested app for notifications from this RSS feeds.
  • Preferably, the solution should include an easy way to set up notifications from all stacks. For example, there should be no need to enterĀ one URL feed per stack for each of the multiple stacks, such as one for Stack Overflow and another one for Politics Stack Exchange, etc.

See also:

My backup plan for that: have my server login to a Stack Exchange site directly and monitor the inbox WebSocket, and use another app to send the push notifications. Probably with some filter to suppress non-urgent messages... But I hope Stack Exchange will implement web push notifications before that happens. (Glorfindel)

Based on our current roadmap, this isn't work that we will take on, as it doesn't coincide with functional areas that we plan to improve in the near future. (Anita Taylor)

For push notifications, there's no replacement yet. (Glorfindel)

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    Frankly - the company is more interested in 'wasting' time on things like AI and trying to reinvent the wheel than features that benefit engagement by advanced users like this. Nov 26, 2023 at 23:15
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    Look at stackapps.com. You might post an app request / suggestion there. -> Is Stack Apps the place to suggest applications?. Another challenge is to motivate people to participate there.
    – Rubén
    Nov 26, 2023 at 23:40
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    I vaguely recall one of the third party apps for ios (crew) might do push notifications. Being an android user, there's no way for me to confirm tho Nov 27, 2023 at 0:29
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    Aren't there RSS feeds for such things? Nov 27, 2023 at 20:06
  • @This_is_NOT_a_forum there's no RSS feed for the inbox notifications, so it's not very relevant anyway. Only way is by using the API, and there's no "SE API Reader" out of the box, someone has to write it from scratch. Nov 27, 2023 at 20:12
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    http://stack exchange site/feeds/user/user id/responses Nov 27, 2023 at 20:12
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    @This_is_NOT_a_forum nice find, and this is worthy of its own answer. Also, this might reveal a privacy leak, I might start a bug report soon. Nov 27, 2023 at 20:34

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As the user This_is_NOT_a_forum mentioned in this comment, there is RSS feed showing the latest responses:

http://stack exchange site/feeds/user/user id/responses

So with this at hand, you can look for "RSS reader push notifications" app, hook it to the above feed, and you have push notifications for the responses on your phone.

For example, OP of this question found NetNewsWire to be helpful, but there are probably others as well.


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