Background mode plugin. Unable to change icon


I’m using ionic-native and cordova-plugin-background-mode in my application.

The background mode itself works well but I’m no able to change the icon of the notification.

I have already added the icons in the drawables folders and set the default configuration this way:

    title: this.translateService.instant("app.background-mode.notification-title"),
    text: this.translateService.instant("app.background-mode.notification-message"),
    color: "000000",
    icon: "icon"

Anyway, the notification shows a white square instead of the icon in some devices, for example:

  • Motorola Moto E (Android 5.1)
  • BQ Aquaris M10, see image (Android 6.0)


The icon is changed succesfully on:

  • Sony Xperia T3, see image (Android 4.4.4)
  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (Android 6.0.1)


Anyone with this same issue?

My system information:

Cordova CLI: 6.5.0
Ionic Framework Version: 2.2.0
Ionic CLI Version: 2.2.1
Ionic App Lib Version: 2.2.0
Ionic App Scripts Version: 1.1.4
ios-deploy version: 1.9.0
ios-sim version: 5.0.11
OS: macOS Sierra
Node Version: v7.1.0
Xcode version: Xcode 8.3.2 Build version 8E2002

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Did you solve it? I have same situation…