Quickstart: Sending notifications to a secondary tile (XAML)
This Quickstart shows how to update an app's secondary tile by sending a local notification. You will see that sending a notification to a secondary tile is identical to sending a notification to the app's main tile, except for the final step. The only difference between the two procedures is that, for secondary tiles, you use a tile updater specific to secondary tiles (createTileUpdaterForSecondaryTile).
When an app launches, it should always enumerate its secondary tiles, in case there were any additions or deletions of which it was unaware. When a user deletes a secondary tile, Windows simply removes the tile. The app itself is responsible for releasing any resources that were used by the secondary tile. When Windows copies secondary tiles through the cloud, current tile or badge notifications on the secondary tile, scheduled notifications, push notification channels, and Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) used with periodic notifications are not copied with the secondary tile and must be set up again.
To understand this topic, you will need:
- A working knowledge of tile and notification terms and concepts. For more information, see Tiles, Badges, and Notifications.
- A familiarity with the tile XML schema. For more information, see Tile schema.
- The ability to create a basic Windows Store app with C# or C++ Microsoft Visual Basic using Windows Runtime APIs. For more information, see Create your first Windows Store app using C# or Visual Basic.
- Understanding of how to create a code-behind for a Windows Store app with Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML).
- A familiarity with XML and its manipulation through Document Object Model (DOM) APIs.
- This topic assumes that you have already created a secondary tile and pinned it to the Start screen. To walk through that procedure, see Quickstart: Pinning a secondary tile.
using Windows.UI.Notifications; using Windows.UI.StartScreen; using Windows.Data.Xml.Dom;
Any tile template can be used for a secondary tile. Here we use the simple text-only template TileWide310x150Text04.
XmlDocument tileXml = TileUpdateManager.GetTemplateContent(TileTemplateType.TileWide310x150Text04);
The TileWide310x150Text04 template contains a single text element, to which we assign a string.
XmlNodeList tileTextAttributes = tileXml.GetElementsByTagName("text"); tileTextAttributes.InnerText = "This text was delivered through a notification";
It is a best practice to always provide a binding for each tile size that your app supports in any notification payload sent to a tile. As part of the pinning operation, the user can select the secondary tile size from options that you provide. Providing a binding in each notification for each of those size options ensures that your notification is shown regardless of the tile's size. If you also support a large secondary tile, repeat this step and the next for one of the large templates.
Note All tiles, including secondary tiles, pin as medium tiles on Windows Phone 8.1, after which the user can resize it.
XmlDocument squareTileXml = TileUpdateManager.GetTemplateContent(TileTemplateType.TileSquare150x150Text04); XmlNodeList squareTileTextAttributes = squareTileXml.GetElementsByTagName("text"); squareTileTextAttributes.AppendChild(squareTileXml.CreateTextNode("This text was delivered through a notification"));
IXmlNode node = tileXml.ImportNode(squareTileXml.GetElementsByTagName("binding").Item(0), true); tileXml.GetElementsByTagName("visual").Item(0).AppendChild(node);
Until this step, the process is the same as for a standard tile notification. In this step, however, we use the CreateTileUpdaterForSecondaryTile method, specific to secondary tiles. This method requires the unique ID of the target secondary tile. In this example, we assume that a secondary tile with an ID stored in the variable
appbarTileId is currently pinned to the Start screen.
TileUpdater secondaryTileUpdater = TileUpdateManager.CreateTileUpdaterForSecondaryTile(appbarTileId);
You must provide a logo image when you create your secondary tile. The logo image, so named because it normally displays an app's logo, is a full-tile image that is shown on the tile before any notifications are received. The tile reverts to the logo image if the notification is removed or expires. In some scenarios, you might want to change the default logo image, perhaps to indicate a change in the pinned content when you would not want to send a full notification update. This step shows you how to change the logo for the secondary tile with an ID that is stored in the variable
appbarTileId, by using an image from the app's local storage.
SecondaryTile tileToUpdate = new SecondaryTile(appbarTileId); tileToUpdate.Logo = new Uri("ms-appx:///Assets/NewSecondaryTileDefaultImage.png"); tileToUpdate.UpdateAsync();
In this Quickstart, you sent a notification to a secondary tile associated with your app. You saw that there is only one small difference in sending a notification to the app's main tile and sending a notification to one of its secondary tiles. You also updated your secondary tile's default logo image.
This Quickstart sent the secondary tile update as a local notification. You can also explore the other methods of notification delivery: scheduled, periodic, and push. For more information, see Delivering notifications.
- Quickstart: Pinning a secondary tile
- Quickstart: Sending a tile update
- Secondary tiles sample
- Secondary tiles overview
- Guidelines and checklist for secondary tiles
- Tile schema