Pushbullet running on phone in hand

After 10 years, I haven’t found a better alternative to Pushbullet

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As a journalist writes about each other The best Android smartphones, I usually have one or ten phones on hand at any given time. Some have personal accounts logged in, others have work accounts, while others may be used for very specific use cases. Sound fun? not exactly.

Making sure you don’t miss notifications or text messages is an issue that you have to deal with on a daily basis if you use multiple Android phones like me. i was using Pushbullet to manage this routine work. However, the notification mirroring service goes far beyond plain and simple notification mirroring. I’ve connected it to servers, use it to share files, and more. There were many Pushbullet alternatives and competitors over the years, but ten years later, this is why Organo Gold is still my go-to.

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One-stop notification center

Pushbullet SMS sync

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I don’t know about you, but I often keep my phone on silent when focused and striving for a deadline. However, this usually means no important text messages or notifications. Being a Mac user, my options are a bit limited with ways to banish notifications from my phone to my computer unless I’m using an iPhone.

Pushbullet comes into the clutch for Mac users to enable deeper integration with Android phones.

With the Pushbullet extension installed on my browser, notifications from all my phones sync conveniently within the browser and with my Mac’s notification center. Pushbullet lets me interact with those notifications to send quick replies in supported apps like The WhatsApp. So when I get a text message from a friend or family member, I can reply to or ignore it right from my computer without breaking my flow. For my use case, I’d rather look at notifications and respond directly through my phone, but the functionality is there if you need it.

My personal link repository

PushBullet file sharing

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While notification sharing tends to be the most popular feature of Pushbullet, I found another use case for the service. You never know when inspiration comes, and many times, for me, it does when I’m scrolling news apps Or browse the comments section on a Social media thread. Years ago, I used to send myself emails with links to apps, services, or even interesting conversations on social media. But that was before I started using Pushbullet. I’ve been using the service ever since to send notes, files, or links between my phone and my computer.

I’ve used Pushbullet for years to shoot links, notes, interesting files, and more from the Internet and my computer.

Occasionally, I’ll jot down notes on my phone’s notepad and use Pushbullet to send them to my computer. Likewise, I use Pushbullet a few times a week to send photos from my laptop or smartphone or vice versa. Considering the terrible support for Android file management on Macs, Pushbullet was a godsend to transfer photos, documents, and various media files more quickly.

Read more: Android file sync is broken. Here’s how to solve it.

I know it’s not the perfect solution, but my Pushbullet account is a long-running, scrollable record of interesting bits of information I found online. Now, if only Pushbullet would come with a full built-in note-taking feature, Hint.

API integration

Pushbullet API integration

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Pushbullet’s underrated feature is its awesome API. The service has been connected to various web applications and even my own web applications home assistant Pin to send notifications of downloads, uploads, status changes, and more.

Reflect Notifications has use cases beyond smartphones, including web servers and smart home integration.

In the case of my Home Assistant installation, the home automation suite remains completely separate from the wider internet. However, the Pushbullet integration lets me get important updates even on exit. Meanwhile, for other services, Pushbullet has been an important tool as it does not support any means of push notifications at all. So when the media server starts a download, completes it, or deletes something, I know exactly what it is, thanks to the Pushbullet API.

One of my favorite use cases is tracking APKs streamed from APKMirrorThanks to its close integration with Pushbullet. It’s just one of dozens of web integrations that have been critical to how I use my phone.

Beauty in simplicity

Join the app for Pushbullet

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Yes I know join. Before you flame me for using PushBullet on your beloved notification-mirroring apps, hear me out. I tried to join. I know it’s a much more powerful solution. However, all of that power comes with an equally complex interface to match. While some users may find it worth the effort, Pushbullet’s clean interface and simpler, more focused user experience work better for me. Similarly, as a fan of open source software, I have previously dabbled in it Kiddy Connect. However, I found the program relatively unreliable with timely notifications.

Join is a more robust alternative, but the complex interface is too much for my use.

The beauty of Pushbullet is its simplicity and speed. The interface does not present hundreds of different options to you. Click on the extension, type text or copy it from the clipboard, click send, and that’s it. The Android app works the same way. Moreover, the Pushbullet API allows me to integrate it with my web server in just a few clicks. Yes, I know Join can do that. But again, it’s all about ease of use, solid reliability, and speed — things where PushBullet really shines.

It’s not perfect, but it gets the job done

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Despite its simplicity and ease of use, Pushbullet isn’t quite perfect. For one, I’d like to see a local LAN-based synchronization of devices connected to the same network. This would make the service lightning fast. Moreover, the company pulled its iOS app a few years ago and made no effort to bring it back. For a service that initially began as a way to unify all your devices, the lack of iOS support is frustrating, and I miss being able to have the same notifications that you can access on IPAD. Add to that the glacial pace of feature development, and it might lead you to think that Pushbullet is abandonware, even if it isn’t.

Despite the glacial pace of feature development, Pushbullet is a de facto install for me on any new phone.

In nearly a decade of use, there are very few services and apps that have stayed with me and become the de facto installers on any new phone. Pushbullet is one of those. Despite its limitations and misses, the tool it adds is a must-have for power users like myself, and I don’t see myself switching to another app anytime soon.

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