Android: Notification Icons

Adding custom icons to some or all of your notifications. Works with Android (and derivatives like Amazon).

Icons are a way to provide a more unique, branded experience for your Android and Amazon app.

You may add a default icon that appears with every notification you send, or you may add icons to just certain types of notifications. The below tutorial shows you how to do both.

About Notification Icons

Android supports both Small and Large Notification Icons.

Small Notification Icons

The small icon is displayed on the top status bar as well as the notification itself. By default OneSignal will show a bell icon, however we recommend you customize this so subscribers recognize it's a notification from your app.

Android only uses the alpha channel for the icon. It will display monochrome in the status bar, but an accent color can be applied to the left side of the notification itself.

Large Notification Icons

The large notification icon will show up to the left of the notification text on Android 4.0.3 - 6.0 devices and to the right for Android 7.0+ devices. If you do not set a large icon, the small icon will be used instead. OneSignal will auto scale large notification icons for you to prevent the icon from being cropped. The recommended size of the large icon is 256x256 pixels.


How to Add Default Icons

We strongly recommend adding default icons to every Android and Amazon app.

Step 1. Generate Icons


REQUIRED: Add every icon size listed below

You must add each image with listed size and alpha transparency.

For help generating images with alpha transparency, see this clipart link for examples in the Android Asset Studio.

Option A: Using Android Asset Studio


To quickly and easily generate small icons with the correct settings, we recommend using the Android Asset Studio. Use ic_stat_onesignal_default as the name.

Option B: Manually Create Icons

If you prefer to create your own icons, you must make your icons the following sizes and make the small ones in white with a transparent background.

You must be sure the icon filenames are correct for Native, Unity, PhoneGap, Cordova, Ionic, PhoneGap Build (PGB), Xamarin, React Native, and Ionic Package (Cloud Build).

Note: If you used Android Asset Studio for your small icon then this step may have already been done for you.

Default Icon Name, Density, Size

Required: Each name and pixel size must be present in the app.

NameDensity (dp)Size (px)

If using Solar2D/Corona the file names and sizes are different, as follows:

TypeDensity (dp)Size (px)

Step 2. Create project paths

Make sure the following paths exist; create any folders you are missing.

Required: Each image must be present in the following paths:

SDKFile path
Android Nativeres/drawable-mdpi/ (24x24)
res/drawable-hdpi/ (36x36)
res/drawable-xhdpi/ (48x48)
res/drawable-xxhdpi/ (72x72)
res/drawable-xxxhdpi/ (96x96)
res/drawable-xxxhdpi/ (256x256) (Large Icon)
UnityAssets/Plugins/Android/OneSignalConfig.androidlib/src/main/res/drawable-mdpi/ (24x24)
Assets/Plugins/Android/OneSignalConfig.androidlib/src/main/res/drawable-hdpi/ (36x36)
Assets/Plugins/Android/OneSignalConfig.androidlib/src/main/res/drawable-xhdpi/ (48x48)
Assets/Plugins/Android/OneSignalConfig.androidlib/src/main/res/drawable-xxhdpi/ (72x72)
Assets/Plugins/Android/OneSignalConfig.androidlib/src/main/res/drawable-xxxhdpi/ (96x96)
Assets/Plugins/Android/OneSignalConfig.androidlib/src/main/res/drawable-xxxhdpi/ (256x256) (Large Icon)
PhoneGap, Cordova, Ionic, Intel XDK<project-root>/platforms/android/app/src/main/res/drawable-mdpi/ (24x24)
<project-root>/platforms/android/app/src/main/res/drawable-hdpi/ (36x36)
<project-root>/platforms/android/app/src/main/res/drawable-xhdpi/ (48x48)
<project-root>/platforms/android/app/src/main/res/drawable-xxhdpi/ (72x72)
<project-root>/platforms/android/app/src/main/res/drawable-xxxhdpi/ (96x96)
<project-root>/platforms/android/app/src/main/res/drawable-xxxhdpi/ (256x256) (Large Icon)
PhoneGap Build (PGB), Ionic Package
(Cloud Build)
<project-root>/locales/android/drawable-mdpi/ (24x24)
<project-root>/locales/android/drawable-hdpi/ (36x36)
<project-root>/locales/android/drawable-xhdpi/ (48x48)
<project-root>/locales/android/drawable-xxhdpi/ (72x72)
<project-root>/locales/android/drawable-xxxhdpi/ (96x96)
<project-root>/locales/android/drawable-xxxhdpi/ (256x256) (Large Icon)

See this github link for more details on the directory structure if you're having issues.
React Nativeandroid/app/src/main/res/drawable-mdpi/ (24x24)
android/app/src/main/res/drawable-hdpi/ (36x36)
android/app/src/main/res/drawable-xhdpi/ (48x48)
android/app/src/main/res/drawable-xxhdpi/ (72x72)
android/app/src/main/res/drawable-xxxhdpi/ (96x96)
android/app/src/main/res/drawable-xxxhdpi/ (256x256) (Large Icon)
CoronaAdd files to root (all sizes)
XamarinResources/drawable-mdpi/ (24x24)
Resources/drawable-hdpi/ (36x36)
Resources/drawable-xhdpi/ (48x48)
Resources/drawable-xxhdpi/ (72x72)
Resources/drawable-xxxhdpi/ (96x96)
Resources/drawable-xxxhdpi/ (256x256) (Large Icon)


Issue with Older Versions of Cordova

With versions of Cordova before 7.0, you will need to use
instead of the path shown above when adding the icon resource to config.xml

Ionic Cloud Build or PhoneGap Build (PGB)

Add the following lines to your config.xml under the Android section.

<!-- Add to your existing android platform sction -->
<platform name="android">
    <resource-file src="locales/android/drawable-mdpi/ic_stat_onesignal_default.png" target="res/drawable-mdpi/ic_stat_onesignal_default.png" />
    <resource-file src="locales/android/drawable-hdpi/ic_stat_onesignal_default.png" target="res/drawable-hdpi/ic_stat_onesignal_default.png" />
    <resource-file src="locales/android/drawable-xhdpi/ic_stat_onesignal_default.png" target="res/drawable-xhdpi/ic_stat_onesignal_default.png" />
    <resource-file src="locales/android/drawable-xxhdpi/ic_stat_onesignal_default.png" target="res/drawable-xxhdpi/ic_stat_onesignal_default.png" />
    <resource-file src="locales/android/drawable-xxxhdpi/ic_stat_onesignal_default.png" target="res/drawable-xxxhdpi/ic_stat_onesignal_default.png" />
  <!-- Uncomment if you have added a large icon. -->
  <!--- <resource-file src="locales/android/drawable-xxxhdpi/ic_onesignal_large_icon_default.png" target="res/drawable-xxxhdpi/ic_onesignal_large_icon_default.png" /> --->
<!-- Add to your existing android platform sction -->
<platform name="android">
    <resource-file src="locales/android/drawable-mdpi/ic_stat_onesignal_default.png" target="app/src/main/res/drawable-mdpi/ic_stat_onesignal_default.png" />
    <resource-file src="locales/android/drawable-hdpi/ic_stat_onesignal_default.png" target="app/src/main/res/drawable-hdpi/ic_stat_onesignal_default.png" />
    <resource-file src="locales/android/drawable-xhdpi/ic_stat_onesignal_default.png" target="app/src/main/res/drawable-xhdpi/ic_stat_onesignal_default.png" />
    <resource-file src="locales/android/drawable-xxhdpi/ic_stat_onesignal_default.png" target="app/src/main/res/drawable-xxhdpi/ic_stat_onesignal_default.png" />
    <resource-file src="locales/android/drawable-xxxhdpi/ic_stat_onesignal_default.png" target="app/src/main/res/drawable-xxxhdpi/ic_stat_onesignal_default.png" />
  <!-- Uncomment if you have added a large icon. -->
  <!--- <resource-file src="locales/android/drawable-xxxhdpi/ic_onesignal_large_icon_default.png" target="app/src/main/res/drawable-xxxhdpi/ic_onesignal_large_icon_default.png" /> --->


Troubleshooting Icons Not Showing

  • If you see the default OneSignal bell icon, you did not add all icon sizes. Please add all icon sizes and correct paths.

  • If you see a solid square, you set the image to the correct path, but the image does not have alpha transparency. For more help, try using images from this Android Asset Studio clipart.

Your project should look similar to this depending on your SDK:




You should be all set with your new default icons.

How to Add Non-Default Icons


After you've added your default icons, you may choose to add more non-default icons. These will let you show different icons depending on the types of notifications your app sends. For instance, a game with a title like "Jewel Breaker" may wish to have a different colored jewel icon for every notification sent that represents the user's level. Meanwhile, a social network may wish to show a chat bubble icon when the user receives a message from another user to differentiate those notifications from more generic system notifications.

OneSignal supports overriding default icons on a per-message basis.

Step 1. Generate Icons

Follow the steps above to generate icons and place them in the appropriate folder for your SDK.

Step 2. Name Non-Default Icons

To add non-default icons, you must name them something other than the default names specified above. For instance, you may name one message_icon.

Step 3. Send Notifications with Non-Default Icons

If you've followed the above steps for creating default icons and have updated your app, you'll be able to reference those icons when you send a notification. To send a notification with a custom icon:


Navigate to Messages > New Push > Platform Settings > Google Android Options > Set the icon name without the file extension. With Large Notification Icons, you can also supply a URL where the icon will be displayed from.


Set notification icons with the small_icon and large_icon REST API properties. Set the icon name without the file extension. More details in Create notification REST API docs.

Small Icon Accent Color

Android 5.0+ enforces your icon to only be white and transparent, however, it still allows tinting on the notification shown in the shade, known as the "accent color". (The status bar icon color will still be unaffected). These may be adjusted in Messages > New Push > Platform Settings > Google Android Options or as defaults in your manifest.

Set default Small Icon and Accent Colors

To set a default color, add the following line to your res/values/strings.xml file in your project.

  • If you want a different color for dark mode, add the key to your res/values-night/strings.xml as well.
    <!-- Example: Sets all OneSignal notification's accent color to Green by default.  -->
    <!-- Color format is in ARGB. -->
    <string name="onesignal_notification_accent_color">FF00FF00</string>

To set the color on per notification bases, set android_accent_color on our Create notification API call or enter a value in the Accent color field under Messages > New Push > Platform Settings > Google Android Options.


New icons take a while to propagate to all subscriptions

If you've very recently added an icon resource to your app, you may want to wait a few days before sending notifications using the icon. This is because it can take many days or even weeks for the majority of your users to update their apps to the latest version which contain your new icons.

Custom Non-Alpha Channel Small Icon Images

Some device manufactures display the image as-is (basically ignoring the alpha channel rule). You can setup a custom notification layout based on Android's documentation if you wish to use non-alpha channel images across all devices.

We highly recommend following the alpha rule as the icons may not look consistent on all devices. Google designed it this way β€” the icon is too small to see any meaningful detail, so enforcing a single color helps enforce an easier to recognize icon at a glance.