Because TV users spend most of their time on immersive activities, sending notifications is not allowed on webOS TV. All types of notifications are reserved as system-related events.

There are two types of notifications:

  • Toasts

  • Alerts

Toasts and Alerts are only available in system apps, not 3rd party apps.


The purpose of the Toasts notification is to inform users, but without requiring action from users. Toasts appear as an overlay at the top right corner of the screen.

Sample image of Toasts

Key Features of Toasts

  • Non-modal notifications that appear as an overlay on the experience

  • Transient in nature, and disappears after 5 seconds

  • Appear one at a time, in the order received

  • Do not require action from users

  • Actionable, and serves as a shortcut to take users directly to an area where they can take action if they want

  • Feature the Shortcut & Close button

  • Can be muted by selecting the Close button

The Toasts notification can be shown on the screen with the virtual keyboard simultaneously.


Alerts are reserved for critical system events. The purpose of Alerts is to inform users about something critical and require immediate action by users to maintain the quality of experience. Alerts appear at the bottom section of the screen, on top of whichever app is currently in use.

The Alert messages have the below design layout:

Sample image of Alerts with numbers indicating each UI component

  1. Alert Title - Title of the Alert message

  2. Alert message - Brief description of what happened, why it happened, and what needs to be done

  3. Action buttons - Possible actions that users can take

Key Features of Alerts

  • Show dialogs on top of whichever app is currently in use, including the Home Screen

  • Can be modal or non-modal

  • Require action from users

  • Offer users one or more possible actions from which to choose

  • Can trigger an app to pause content below, if defined by the app

  • Cannot be muted or throttled by users

  • Let you dictate whether background content will pause or not

A modal type alert cannot use other features in the background until the alert window is closed, whereas a non-modal type alert can use other features in the background while the alert is up on the screen.

If the virtual keyboard is present when Alerts is generated, the virtual keyboard will animate off the screen before Alerts appears. Alerts will never overlay the virtual keyboard. See Layering with the Virtual Keyboard for more information.

However, the appearance of Alerts will cause the virtual keyboard to hide. The virtual keyboard will reappear after Alerts is dismissed. If users select a text field when a non-modal Alerts is displayed on the screen, Alerts will be self-dismissed before the virtual keyboard appears. Users cannot interact with text fields in the content area, while modal Alerts is displayed on the screen.