Get Started with React Native + Google Sign In

Get Started with React Native + Google Sign In

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Anwar Gul
·Jul 28, 2020·

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In React Native how can i add google signin using react-native-google-signin?. I will be guiding you in this step by step article on how to implement Login with Google in your React Native app.

I will be using a React Native Community supported package called react-native-community/google-signin.

Note : This post is made for react-native >= 0.60, if you are using react-native <= 0.59.x then this is not for you



  • Support all 3 types of authentication methods (standard, with server-side validation or with offline access (aka server-side access))
  • Promise-based API consistent between Android and iOS
  • Typings for TypeScript and Flow
  • Native signin buttons


React Native 0.61.5

react-native-community/google-signin 4.0.0


  • First, create the App using this command in terminal
npx react-native init TypeYourAppNameHere
  • Navigate to RNGoogleSignInDemo in the terminal like this
cd TypeYourAppNameHere
  • Now install react-native-community/google-signin dependency in your app
yarn add @react-native-community/google-signin


npm install --save @react-native-community/google-signin

Since React Native >= 0.60 AutoLinking is supported therefore we don't need to run linking command.

But we do need to do some configuration in the native side but I promise it will be easy.

There are two ways to do this, with or without Firebase and I will be using the one with the Firebase. But for the other one, I can make a separate post for it. Do let me know should I?


  • Search for Firebase and go to Firebase Console
  • Create a project [ I have already created ] by clicking on Add Project.

firebase console

  • Type your project Name after that click Continue

firebase console

  • Choose whether you want to add Analytics or not it's up to your preferences. By default, it's enabled. Press Continue.

firebase console

Now your project is created.

firebase console

  • Click the android icon in the firebase Console Dashboard

firebase console

  • Fill in the following fields of "Add Firebase to your Android app" to generate config file ( i.e. google-services.json)

    • Android package name
    • Debug signing certificate SHA-1 firebase console
  • For App's Package name you can find in android/app/main/AndroidManifest.xml file


  • For Debug signing certificate SHA-1

In terminal type command for Debug SHA1 (root of the project)


keytool -J-Duser.language=en -list -v -keystore ~/.android/debug.keystore -alias androiddebugkey -storepass android -keypass android


– Change the directory to the JDK bin directory. The path of the JDK depends upon the operating system you are using

cd C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_121\bin

– Now we have to run the following command using the keytool.exe file in JDK/bin

keytool -list -v -keystore "%USERPROFILE%\.android\debug.keystore" -alias androiddebugkey -storepass android -keypass android


If you don't like terminal then you use can Android Studio instead

Android Studio 1 Android Studio 2

  • When you are done registering your android app with firebase then Download the Config file and place it in android/app

firebase2.2.png firebase2.2.1.png

  • Add Firebase SDK in Project-level build.gradle i.e. android/build.gradle firebase2.3.png

    buildscript {
      ext {
          buildToolsVersion = "28.0.3"
          minSdkVersion = 16
          compileSdkVersion = 28
          targetSdkVersion = 28
          googlePlayServicesAuthVersion = "18.0.0" // Add this line
      repositories {
      dependencies {
          classpath '' // Add this line
          // NOTE: Do not place your application dependencies here; they belong
          // in the individual module build.gradle files
  • Add Google Play Services plugin in App-level build.gradle (android/appp/build.gradle):

apply plugin: '' // Add at end of the file



  • In firebase, you will need to enable Google option in SignIn Method section


  • While enabling Google, do copy the Web Client ID from there, we need this later on. firebase2.6.png

Let's get our hands dirty with the code

I will be making a simple app of just two components to App.js (already exists by default) and second will be Home.js.

  • Import Public Api of @react-native-community/google-signin
import {
} from '@react-native-community/google-signin';
  • But before you can use above imports you need call once, configure of GoogleSignin. You can call it in ComponentDidMount life Cycle method or you can use useEffect Hook
 webClientId: WebClientID, // client ID of type WEB for your server(needed to verify user ID and offline access)
 offlineAccess: true, // if you want to access Google API on behalf of the user FROM YOUR SERVER
 forceCodeForRefreshToken: true, // [Android] related to `serverAuthCode`, read the docs link below *.
 accountName: '', // [Android] specifies an account name on the device that should be used
  • Sign in function

 signIn = async () => {
    try {
      await GoogleSignin.hasPlayServices();
      const info = await GoogleSignin.signIn();
      console.warn({userInfo: info});
    } catch (error) {
      if (error.code === statusCodes.SIGN_IN_CANCELLED) {
        // user cancelled the login flow
      } else if (error.code === statusCodes.IN_PROGRESS) {
        // operation (e.g. sign in) is in progress already
      } else if (error.code === statusCodes.PLAY_SERVICES_NOT_AVAILABLE) {
        // play services not available or outdated
      } else {
        // some other error happened
  • Sign out function
  signOut = async () => {
    try {
      await GoogleSignin.revokeAccess();
      await GoogleSignin.signOut();
      setUserInfo(null); // Remember to remove the user from your app's state as well
    } catch (error) {

Demo App Preview

Do check the official Docs.


  • Install react-native-google-signin package using Npm or Yarn (which ever you prefer).
  • Create a firebase project if it wasn't create already.
  • Configure your firebase project and add your system's SHA-1 key(s) and your React native App's Package Name.
  • Download google-services.json [ Android ] / google-services.plist [ iOS ] and place it in your React Native Project.
  • Import functions provided by react-native-google-signin in your code according to your requirements.

So what else do you use to authenticate your users in your App?

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