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You know all about Pushbullet by now – it's that file/text/notification/everything else pushing app that's so outrageously useful that you have to wonder why it's free. Today there's a treat rolling out to Pushbullet users on Windows in particular, and it makes sending files to your devices mega-easy. Just right-click and send.

The Windows client can be downloaded and installed from the Pushbullet site, and there's no set up required beyond logging in. The new version of the Windows client adds an entry in the right-click context menu with all of your devices and Pushbullet friends. Just right-click a file (smaller than 25MB) pick the device, and it goes there. This works for sending files to your Android devices, as well as iOS stuff and other computers.

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An update to the Android app is also rolling out today, but most of the magic is on the windows side of Pushbullet this time. Enjoy your pushing.

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.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • AOSPrevails

    Just updated, works fine on my Windows PC and laptop.
    How ironic is it that this is demo-ed on a Mac running Windows?

    • guzba

      We're close to having an OSX client ;)

      • AOSPrevails

        Thanks, I am getting a Mac this fall so that's good news.

      • Daniel Pasut

        any word on a debian client?

        • treeform

          Last time i tired to run in app on linux i run into tons of Thread issue with GTK. And Crash! Basically its at this stage.

    • Dean

      Use AirDroid for now then

  • Neck Beard Prince

    Kinda shocked this isn't in Mac already.

    • Kcls

      Yeah I just got a mac 3 days ago and I feel like I'm missing out :(

    • treeform

      Hopefully not for long!

  • Danny365

    Oh, goodbye Airdroid I guess.

    • guzba

      We still have to add local network transfer so large files are still a weak spot. Won't be much longer tho.

      • Sean Stone

        Once this is added, it will be perfect, can not come soon enough. Keep up the great work.

      • Henrique Persechini

        Wifi direct would be marvelous!

      • Eric James Salcido

        I'm not going to pretend I know how easy/difficult is to add something, but would it be possible for large uploads to be added to someone's Google Drive, then downloaded from there with the PB app? Or even add a right click Push to Google Drive?

    • HugePotato

      Until they add local network transfer, pushbullet will be a no no for me. Airdroid wins there.

      • Rodrigo Gomes da Silva

        Pushbullet does more than transfer files... and for files I use Samba Filesharing.. do the network transfer and let me even open and save files directly from/to android from any application

    • WORPspeed

      Omg, I completely forgot how this then effectively nullifies any use I get out of Airdroid...well not all use, but most...I still prefer Airdroid when using computers at friends places or at work whenever I can, because the login is just the QR code.
      Also, I prefer airdroid for the rare occasions that I have to sent over a lot of files and I cba to find a cable xD

      • http://vinylchan.tumblr.com/ Vinylchan

        Just use the website in an inprivate tab.
        Default login is your google account

  • Viper

    I've just used PB to send this article from my phone to my pc so I can download PB and send stuff to my phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominicmondello Dominic Mondello

    PushBullet is awesome. period

    • shaunajdavidson

      my classmate's
      aunt makes $68 every hour on the computer . She has been fired for 7 months but
      last month her paycheck was $15495 just working on the computer for a few
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  • Kostas

    Some device names are appearing blank in my computer. Also I tried to send a txt file with zero text inside it and it couldn't be uploaded! Windows 7 64bit

    • Mlibbey

      a cpl of mine are blank too..strange..

      • treeform

        Are they blank in the drop down menu or everywhere? If you rename the devices does it go away?

        • Mlibbey

          not blank through chrome or the app, blank in drop down menu though, fixed it when i renamed on my device app

        • Kostas

          Renaming the device from within the app fixed it. Thanks

    • Imparus

      I got the same issue, together with every device name and so on appear twice

    • http://www.fullmoonblog.com/ Flatlinebb

      Same here for the blank names. I submitted a bug report via the app.

  • Brayden Reesor

    These guys never cease to blow my mind. They really need to add a way for me to give them some $$$.

    Edit: Also, the only problem I have with using the Windows app instead of the Chrome one is the notifications don't look nearly and nice and clean as the ones that come from Chrome. Just my OCD :P but oh well!

    • guzba

      We're working on this too. Won't be long before this is indistinguishable.

      • Brayden Reesor

        Great to hear! Thanks!

    • Ben Hen

      you can reply to msg?
      after I installed the PC app I cant do this anymore

      • Brayden Reesor

        I don't use EvolveSMS, so I haven't tried out their reply to text. So no idea if the Windows app is supposed to be able to have this functionality.

  • http://mobers.org/ psydex

    I don't have Pushbullet on right-click!? O_o
    EDIT: So it has to be running to show up on right click... I find this annoying

    • Dean

      No, it can be turned off and still work -_-

      • http://www.fullmoonblog.com/ Flatlinebb

        If collapsed to the System tray or open, right-click works. But if you exit the Systray icon, right-click does not show up. I think this makes sense, since the app is not running.

      • http://mobers.org/ psydex

        Well mine doesn't work that way - not sure why. TEACH ME MASTER!

  • E90 Commie

    I think AirDroid is even better since it doesn't require any client application on the computer - all it takes is the Android app, which is free and a web browser. No file size limits either - an 800 MB file is transferred in a jiffy.

    • Imparus

      Neither does psuhbullet, however it have one so you don't need to use your browser

    • http://vinylchan.tumblr.com/ Vinylchan

      But PB has a Web interface???

    • Paul Smith

      Yea, the file size limit made this a no-go for me. I wish I'd known that before I bothered to install. 25MB is kinda small, these days. Not much use, to me at least...

      • PopeTackler

        Pushbullet isn't mean as a front-end for transferring files over your local network. And while Airdroid can do this it shouldn't be getting props for being able to; many other apps can do this too.

        • Paul Smith

          Not sure if I agree with you there. From the front page of the Pushbullet website: "Send pictures and files from your computer to your phone with a click."

          While there are many apps out there for transferring files to/from Android, I think the trick is in making it easy to do so. Right-click context is about as easy as it gets, so in that respect I applaud their efforts. It's just that a 25MB limit is WAY too small for me...

          • PopeTackler

            That's why I mentioned transfer over local network. You're uploading the file to the Pushbullet website before it transfers to your device (as I'm sure you know). Transferring large files on a whim would cripple their free service sadly.

            When I need to transfer large files to my phone I like to do it over SMB share using a file explorer on my phone. Just "log in" to my file system on my computer through my phone and I'm ready to transfer. Works a treat. :)

  • incred

    Those awkward endings are the bees knees

  • Legobricke

    Still wish I could get this to work with evolveSMS.... It's suppose to allow you to respond to text messages you receive...

    • treeform

      Make sure you have newest version of all required apps: Pushbullet, EvolveSMS and windows/chrome extension on the desktop. Do normal mirrors work for you? Is evolveSmS set to mirror in the settings? What happens when you click on the mirrored notification the desktop?

      • Kcls

        At least for me, EvolveSMS is set to mirror, and all of my other notifications are mirrored, but not Evolve notifications.

        • guzba

          Have custom pictures set for contacts? Sometimes those are too big to be mirrored. I worked with Evolve on a fix and it should be in their next update.

      • Ben Hen

        its happens to me too
        after i installed the PC app the reply stop to work..without the PC app it's work like a charm

  • Jigar Gosar
    • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

      So, that means Pushbullet team is endorsing this app? When this app was shared on reddit a few days ago, everyone was skeptical since this app is from a new developer and didn't have a good number of reviews. Has anyone actually used this app?

      • treeform

        Well we did make a video about it.

      • Rajesh

        The app is great.. The developer is responsive as well..

      • Jigar Gosar

        The app is great...

  • Majeed Hamid

    Oh my, that is a huge update wow. thank you

    • treeform

      Thank you it took hard work to make it happen!

  • http://vinylchan.tumblr.com/ Vinylchan

    Did that add sms quick reply to this release?

    • guzba

      Yeah, the desktop app does now support quick-reply too.

      • http://vinylchan.tumblr.com/ Vinylchan

        Cheers!

  • Yoofaloof

    Been using MightyText for ages and by the looks does the same job as Pushbullet if not better as far as replying to texts on PC goes.

  • Majeed Hamid

    Application like airdroid wouldn't be needed on my phone anymore. it will no more suck my ram space. am so glad.

  • yieldway17

    Anyone else have problem getting the Windows app working? It never loads the devices list for me. Just says "Loading...." in the drop down. After few minutes, says like Web socket error or something similar. May be proxy settings is the issue? I see that app uses the system proxy settings by default. I've not had problems with any other software before.

    I can't wait to get rid of Chrome and its high memory use in my PC. For all I like Chrome, it takes up about 2/3rds of my available memory making the system generally slower.

    • guzba

      Mmm proxy settings is possible. Send us an email at hey@pushbullet.com and we'll try and figure this out.

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    If you are trying to install it on your work computer and the exe keeps getting deleted by your enterprise antivirus system when you try to install, do this ->

    After downloading the exe, zip it. Then extract the exe from the zip. Run the exe now and it'll install.

    • treeform

      Thats hilarious if that works! Maybe i should just ship it as a zip. Or a pocket version.

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        I guess when I download the .exe from chrome and run it, my system is treating it as "dangerous executable downloaded from internet". But when I zip that same exe and extract the exe from the zip, system is going all "Yep, locally built exe. Totally fine".

  • Adi

    Why IS it free?? O.o

    • Nick

      Hoping to be bought out by Google perhaps?

    • Histirea

      They're worrying about building a user base before trying to monetize said user base.

  • Sgrattia

    DONATE THESE DEVELOPERS ALL OF YOUR MONEY

  • Kostas

    Dear Pushbullet team,

    If I push an image lets say of 1MB from my computer to my phone, where is it saved in the meantime? How long does it stay there saved and how much space available every account has?

    Maybe you should clarify those questions in your help section as well. A quick answer here would be great too :)

    • http://vinylchan.tumblr.com/ Vinylchan

      Goes to /download/

      It's stored on an Amazon s3 though

      • Kostas

        You didn't understand my question. I will wait for an official or a better answer. Thanks

    • treeform

      We will delete the file from S3 when you delete the push its associated with it. So it stays up as long as push is not deleted.

      • Kostas

        Nice :)

  • remister

    On a sidenote, Google Cardboard

    • Dean

      Still waiting on my lenses to arrive!!

      • remister

        How much was everything in total for your build?

        • Dean

          Well I've only bought the lenses. I was too late to get them from the google recommended site, but I got some 30mm ones with a 70mm focal length, so I'm just going to have the phone 30mm further away, should be fine.
          And not buying magnets either, I'm going to do the wire route which I have plenty of.
          So all in all it'll cost 7euro! (There's 5 lenses in the pack, so I can make 2)

          By the way, if you have a link to the proper lenses in case these don't work, that'd be handy.

          • remister

            I see interesting. I bit the bullet and purchased mine from DODOCASE.

          • Dean

            Nice. Hope it's good.

    • treeform

      Google cardboard is awesome!

  • Bariman43

    I had no idea I needed Pushbullet in my life until just now.

  • tomlewis

    This is superb progress! We really need SMS support, not specific App sms support, general SMS support to reply in-browser/OS. Then we need OSX support!

  • Alex Kruger

    Soooo.... how does Pushbullet make money?

  • WitnessG

    Pushbullet is a must have on all my devices.

  • Majeed Hamid

    Ok i know you guys have tried your possible best to bring this to action for free and we appreciate that. but is there anyway possible this will not rely mainly on internet service but rather could use a service like what airdroid do when the device have direct connection to the same network on wifi network.

  • Cat Astrophy

    Ah, push it

  • http://www.techscratched.com/ Amit Jayant

    Pushbullet windows app is great, but there is a problem.

    The pushbullet windows app does not show the history of notifications (like the pushbullet chrome shows).
    Also when windows app is running, pushbullet chrome does not show the notification.

  • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

    Max of 25MB and must go through the Internet? Meh. I'll stick with SuperBeam, thank you. It has no problems transferring multi-hundreds-of-MBs files, and it has clients for Windows and Mac and Linux.

    Go ahead, check it out: http://superbe.am/

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