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Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

Most nights that I'm at home, my son is sound asleep in the next room. To avoid waking him up, I put my phone into silent mode faithfully every night at 9pm and, subsequently, miss a whole lot of calls and text messages. That's bad for two reasons:

  1. I miss what could potentially be important information or, as in most cases, good times.
  2. It makes me look like a jerk who never answers his phone and ignores his friends.

So I thought to myself "I'm on my computer all the time, I should make an app that puts my notification on my computer screen so I never miss this stuff." Turns out, somebody already made that app and it is as awesome as I had hoped.

That app is Remote Notifier.

Tip: Another great use case for Remote Notifier is not hearing your phone when using headphones at work.

Setup/Download

First, you will need to actually install the app on your phone. You can get the Android part of it from this Appbrain Link or directly from the Market by scanning this handy QR code:

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.damazio.notifier

Now you will need the desktop portion - you can get the Mac OS, Windows, or Linux versions of the Notifier from HERE.

As with any desktop application, you're going to need to install it. On my windows computer, a little icon showed up in my system tray immediately after the install. Cool.

When you run the app on your Android phone, you will be confronted with this Settings menu:

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This is, obviously, where you adjust all the settings. The Remote Notifier's settings are automatically configured for use over WiFi. If that is your intended usage (this is how I use it), you can turn on WiFi and start receiving notifications immediately.

You can also set up notifications to be sent over Bluetooth but, alas, my computer lacks that ability so I have no insight into the set up. There is also an option for use over your mobile network connection but, no matter what I did, it simply would not work for me. I may not have been trying hard enough, so your mileage may vary.

Now For the Fun Part

It is now time for you to send your first notification. You may have noticed the "Send test notification" option in the settings menu. This would probably be the best time to use it. Click it and you should get one of these:

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That means you have everything set up right. You can now go about your business listening to your headphones, leaving your phone on silent or in the other room, or whatever else leads you to miss out on what your phone is doing, safe in the knowledge that your computer is now going to tell you what is happening.

There are a variety of things the program will notify you about. Here are examples of a few:

  • Battery level:
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  • Phone calls:
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  • Text messages:
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Conclusion

Remote Notifier is a cool little app that runs on your phone and desktop. It shows you alerts when you get phone calls, text messages, and get low on battery. It is easy to set up (for the wifi function, at least) and does its job well. Overall, i wish i could have gotten the mobile network function to work, but it wasn't really a big deal. With a little tweaking and some more options, this app could quickly become a mainstay on a lot of people's phones. Try it. You'll like it.

Brad Ganley
An Android power user, Brad consumes most of his free time with unhealthy amounts of cell phones and cell phone related things when he isn't playing with his son. Brad is also an avid movie-watcher and tea-drinker.
  • http://www.anivision.org xcom923

    I like this feature. I sometimes get errors but the idea of having the notifications appear on your computer is awesome.

  • jr

    I HOPE THERE A OFF BUTTON WHEN SOMEONE ON IT LOL

  • http://www.twitter.com/microwin Alwin Aguirre

    thanks for sharing! very useful

  • http://www.shanedj.com Shane Jones

    Can you reply to SMS's with this? that would be awesome?

    • Texty Team

      Shane - check out Texty at textyapp.com

  • http://www.cypher-sec.org thecolor

    uses for this might actually range into the home automation area also! I'm going to beat the heck out of this program testing it. :)

  • Kevin

    To send notifications over the phone network, you need to set up port forwarding on your router to send UDP data destined for port 10600 to your computer's IP address.

  • Mike

    Although I've entered a custom IP, the option to use the phone network is not enabled.

  • Jay

    Where do i download the pc portion of this app? I go to the link above and it gives me an error message in my browser

  • GMaurice
  • SamyDroid

    Thanks for sharing. Really helpful app.

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