How to respond to push notification view if app is already running in the background

Check out application:didReceiveRemoteNotification:fetchCompletionHandler: in iOS 7 and later.

The method application:didReceiveRemoteNotification: is called if your app is running in the foreground. It also is called if your app is running in the background and the user engages with your push notification (thus making your app active).

So, the real question is how to determine if the app was in the foreground or if it was made active by the user engaging with your push notification.

It looks like this answer to the question didReceiveRemoteNotification when in background has the key:

You can tell whether your app was just brought to the foreground or not in application:didReceiveRemoteNotification: using this bit of code:

- (void)application:(UIApplication *)application didReceiveRemoteNotification:(NSDictionary *)userInfo
    if ( application.applicationState == UIApplicationStateActive )
        // app was already in the foreground
        // app was just brought from background to foreground

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