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There is another big Pushbullet update hitting Google Play today, and you're going to want to check this one out. The new version of Pushbullet adds a notification mirroring feature that shoots all your Android notifications over to the desktop via the Chrome extension.

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Setup is super-fast, especially if you already have the Pushbullet extension on the desktop for all the other cool stuff it can do. The app will ask if you want to enable the mirroring service when it is opened after the update. You'll have to add Pushbullet to the notification listener service (Android 4.3 and higher) or Accessibility (Android 4.2 and lower). The app will provide a link to the settings page, though. The upside is that you don't need to even be on the same WiFi network – as long as you're logged into the extension, your notifications will show up.

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By default Pushbullet mirrors every notification, so you'll want to head into the settings and disable mirroring for apps that run persistent notifications, as well as anything else you don't want to see popping up on your computer all the time. There's also an option to shut off the mirroring service entirely if you don't want to use it anymore. You will probably only want to run this on one device at a time, otherwise you'll get duplicate notifications.

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In addition to the new headlining feature, the updated Pushbullet also brings a new tablet-optimized interface and better notifications settings. Yes, you can choose the notification sound or disable it entirely. New stuff and responding to user demands. That's service.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Jimmy Baez

    I use this app whenever I can and I think I'll use it even more. It just keeps getting better and better. I love it!

  • Youri

    thats pretty cool,

    quick sms reply from the desktop in the future would be nice

    • http://www.techthirst.com/ Anuj Ahooja

      That would be impossible for Kit Kat considering only one app can write SMS at a time. If they were to partner up with some SMS replacement apps they'd be able to pull it off, but they won't be able to do it on their own.

      • Jsilvermist

        Actually it can still work, the API prevents an app from using the sending handler itself, but can still call on the default app, so the difference is that sent messages show up in the default app's sent messages.

    • motoridersd

      That's what MightyText is for! :) It already does notifications for SMS and you can reply and compose from their web interface or chrome extension

      • leezard

        MightyText is awesome!

      • Peter Massey

        It used to be for me. I've had major problems in the last few months, to the extent I've uninstalled it.

        • akshay7394

          Yeah, me too. I just use Krome now since it supports it, but now I'll be replacing uninstalling Krome since I won't need it anymore with PushBullet :)

        • motoridersd

          That's too bad! I've had no major issues lately. Kit Kat added a few quirks, but it still works very well. There were some problems with 4.3 as well when it first came out, but they quickly fixed it. They are usually pretty good about squashing those bugs.

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      Airdroid ^^

  • Bluesfear

    totally unrelated question, what's that upload/download speed program on the taskbar?

  • spittie

    No love for the Firefox extension? Or it's not doable because it uses Google could messages?

  • AK

    The app isn't saving my settings for which apps to show notifications for on desktop :/. If I uncheck apps, and then exit, I'll still get notifications and they'll be checked when I go back into settings... anyone else having the same problem?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Same here. Already reported it to the dev.

      • AK

        Nice, hopefully we'll get an update soon then.

        I can finally get rid of 'Krome' which never worked well for me. Late, buggy etc.

  • motoridersd

    This is a cool concept. I can finally get Whatsapp notifications on the desktop. Unfortunately, I cannot disable any apps. I can uncheck them all (they need a select all or select none option) but when I go back in, they are selected again. I'm sure it will get fixed eventually.

    • guzba

      It will, sorry about the bug! (Strange that it works for me... such is life as a dev!)

      • motoridersd

        Oh no worries :) Thanks for the reply! I'm using a Nexus 5, so it might be a Kit Kat bug

        • Andrew

          I'm having the same problem with my Nexus 5 on Android 4.4

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Same on 4.3 with Note 3, I don't think it's related to KitKat.

        • http://about.me/barrae Maximiliano Barra E.

          Same here, but I'm with 4.3 on my Galaxy SIII.

      • Andrew

        I just got another update and it looks like you guys fixed it! Thanks!

  • abqnm

    Now if us Linux Chrome users can just get rich notifications so this would actually be useful...

  • Leif Sikorski

    Great feature. Does anybody know if there is a way to tweak the time of the notifications? I would prefer if they would stay for a much longer time than the 3-5 seconds.

  • bruno

    Mac and iPhone in a vidéo? Not for me i wont support people who support scams

    • CoreRooted

      Huh? Yes, he's using a Mac (which many Android developers do anyhow)... where was the iPhone and what scams are you on about?

  • Dinesh Subramaniam

    Nice to see this addition. I am using Krome at the moment for the same purpose. Krome even supports replying to SMS from your desktop. Works in KitKat too.

  • Josh Michielsen

    This is great, especially since Krome stopped working with 4.4.

    • Taco Monster

      Works fine for me.

      • Josh Michielsen

        Weird, I just enabled the pushbullet service and it's not working either. Must be something on my end.

        • MatthewDiluzio

          nah...nothing is working for me on 4.4 n5

          • guzba

            This has really taken off but now we've got quota issues for push messages to Chrome. We're working with Google to get the limit increased.

        • guzba

          We had some growing pains as people started to use the new service but we're working them out. Things should be better already.

          • Anthony B

            No notifications popping up in Chrome for me on 4.4 N5 - Notification Mirroring Service is enabled, and Chrome extension is both installed and signed in/

            *edit* Not sure if it matters, but I've tried with my N5 both locked and unlocked - no change.

          • guzba

            The problem is that we've hit our quota for push messages to Chrome. We're working with Google to get the limit increased.

  • xnifex

    So this says chrome, will this be coming to firefox too?

  • Brian Calendine

    Be aware, my note 2 on beans 22 will not boot fully with this installed, had to manually delete the apk from TWRP to actually boot the phone.

  • Pran

    This is one of the best apps...
    Bt Enabling Notification Mirroring takes about 30MB of RAM to usual 4-5MB cached...
    And I am on device with only 1GB RAM, Running out of RAM :(

  • Jess L

    I installed it, but I am not seeing any notifications to my computer. I have it installed, and mirror notifications on. Installed the chrome extention, but still nothing.

  • rekenaar

    How can I have 2 Chrome devices?
    example: Chrome Home & Chrome Work

  • Andy Stetson

    So much better than new stuff OR responding to user demands...

  • If FireFox is that slow with reviewing updates, why not host it on your site? I don't wanna switch to chrome :s... I love pushbullet but I will obviously not use it if I have to switch to chrome to get updates :).

  • Hugo Mathee

    Notification Mirroring disables the "Hotword Detection" in Google Now - Is there any workaround?

  • JD

    Pushbullet Version 12 is no longer compatible with Android 2.3.5 and version 11 no longer works. I was an avid user of this app up until this point, unfortunately everyone does not update their phones every time a new version of android hits the market. Wish the programmers would keep supporting more options of Android rather than 4.0 and above. Very disappointing to say the least. :-(

  • Maqsood Hussain

    Notification mirroring doesn't work on my Nexus 4 running Kitkat