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pushbullet

Back in June, PushBullet devs added SMS functionality to their already-powerful client. The only catch was that compatibility was limited to EvolveSMS. Now, just a week after the update that brought universal copy and paste, PushBullet is getting another version bump that brings the ability to reply to SMS messages from a PC regardless of which client you're using.

It's super simple, yet incredibly useful: upon receiving an SMS message, PushBullet will send a notification to your PC (you'll need either the Chrome extension or Windows Client installed). Hitting the "reply" button will open a new popup, where you can, um, reply. Easy peasy.

It's not quite as full featured as something like MightyText, but if you're already a PushBullet user looking for a way to simplify your life a little bit more, here it is. Enjoy.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://youtube.com/2Bunny2012 Channel 2012

    Yawn, MyPhoneExplorer has done this for years. Why the need for redundant software?

    • Brad

      Well, that's the thing... this is consolidating features into one app... it's not worthwhile if you're using it JUST for SMS... but it allows some folks to remove an app.

      • http://youtube.com/2Bunny2012 Channel 2012

        Installing a new piece of software "allows some folks to remove an app"?

        • Brad

          If you have an app that forwards your text to your computer and you also already use pushbullet... you can remove whatever is forwarding your texts.

          • http://youtube.com/2Bunny2012 Channel 2012

            If you already have MyPhoneExplorer doing a half dozen things (including text messages), installing extra software would be redundant.

          • Brad

            you're redundant. We're saying people WHO ALREADY HAVE THIS SOFTWARE INSTALLED MAY NOW REMOVE SOFTWARE THAT IS FORWARDING THEIR TEXTS.

          • http://youtube.com/2Bunny2012 Channel 2012

            Don't get your panties in a twist.

        • Oliver Phillips

          Yes because you can then use Pushbullet for notification syncing, pushing files to and from your phone and texting from your desktop

        • SAI

          It's not new software to people who already have that installed

        • Charles Sweeney

          Yes, subtraction by addition...lol. I kid, I kid!

    • PBR

      Pusbullet ROCKS, screw you

      • turdbogls

        this made me LOL.....thanks :)

    • smackydoodle

      Ford sales cars, why do we need Chevy, Toyota, and all these other car manufacturers?

      • Charles Sweeney

        Isn't it obvious? For choice and performance. I owned a Ford once then switched to a Honda and my Honda had far fewer problems than my Ford, resulting in a lower cost of ownership; choice and performance.

        • Brad

          that's... that was the point in the comment they made...

          • Charles Sweeney

            Got'cha! I was just backing smackydoodle up!

          • Brad

            y...yeah... you got me good...

    • turdbogls

      i have never heven heard of MyPhoneExplorer. i had Pushbullet installed previously for all the other stuff it can do. this is just icing on the cake. I dont SMS much, but it'll be nice since i sit at my computer 9 hours a day anyway....no need to even touch my phone really.

      • http://youtube.com/2Bunny2012 Channel 2012

        You might like to check it out then. MyPhoneExplorer might just be one of the most important pieces of Android software ever released. I know I'd be lost without it.

        • Taylor

          I just looked it up. Good god, it's an ugly app. Plus it requires a desktop app.
          Pushbullet at least looks nice and only needs a chrome extension. Sure it doesn't do as much, but it does what it does great.

          • http://youtube.com/2Bunny2012 Channel 2012

            Not really. And even if it was, it is really the only program of its kind, including paid solutions.

    • gumbald

      MyLittlePony has amused me for years. Why do I need a phone?

  • Christopher Bement

    Any comparison to how it works as opposed to MightyText?

    • turdbogls

      I just tried it, and it worked great.

      now, I haven't used mighty text in a long while, but from what I can remember about it, it wasn't as quick or seamless as this was....but I'm not sure push bullet allows texting from a tablet yet (or does it?)

    • Nelson Siegel

      It doesn't have the conversation history or the ability to start a text like MightyText, just when you get a message you can send a reply. I actually like it kinda barebones like this, but it definitely is a separate level of funcitonality.

      • Christopher Bement

        Thank you, I believe I'll stick with using Mighty for now. I grew pretty used to the full featured functionality, especially now that it can be interlaced with gmail.

      • CUEBALL

        Doesn't seem like you can do MMS either with Pushbullet, but I assume they are working on this feature.

  • Bluewall

    I want two things :
    - Safari extension
    - Whatsapp support (but I can dream here)

    • Charles Sweeney

      I'd also like to add my request of being able to reply to an IM no matter the platform being used.

    • tintin.92

      Yeah, Whatsapp support is the only other thing (for me) that really matters. Other messaging services, I can access on my computer directly.

      • Rami

        Same here, will be waiting for whatsapp support...

        • Bluewall

          Sadly, we have to wait for Whatsapp. They don't have any open API :/

    • Ricky

      there is Whatsapp support, is not pretty, you need root, another app and to configure. but it works

    • epsiblivion

      next best thing, they are working on a mac os x version. probably larger amount of users on os x than os x using safari.

      • treeform
        • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

          Am I seeing Yosemite integration?

        • theunknown

          I dont have access to Reddit in office, so I'm posting my question here.
          - Will this create individual push entries in the list for each device for every SMs thats sent to the desktop?
          - Can there be an optin to delete the SMS in the desktop popup, which could delete the SMS from the phone too (I am aware this will require granting extra SMS permissions to the base pushbullet app)

          • treeform

            Messages like that are considered ephemeral and do not get saved anywhere. Just like all other Android to PC notifications. They do not clutter your pushes.

    • Roger Siegenthaler

      Root your phone, get the "whatsapp quickreply for pushbullet"... only way. Whatsapp don't have an API.

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ingeniousapps.pushbulletquickreply

      • Guest

        I did give that a try and it screwed up my WA msgs. After working for 30-45 minutes, it kind of got stuck. Instead of showing the new msgs in popup, it kept showing one particular msgs where it got stuck. Reply to that msg didn't get pushed either. After seeing this behavior for 4-5 times, I started conversing directly using the WA app on my phone. After another 30 minutes or so, QuickReply suddenly comes out of its hangover and finally pushes the reply I had tried to send via desktop popup. But in doing so, it deletes ALL msgs exchanged since the time QuickReply had got stuck. :-O Aaaaarrgghhh.

        • raazman

          I had a similar issue except it corrupted my WA database. Had to clean install WA.

        • Roger Siegenthaler

          Weird, I get the lag part sometimes (but it's more of a general pushbullet thing, all my notifications suddenly storm my PC in one fell swoop) but it never deletes any of my messages. Nor does it corrupt my database @raazman:disqus. Have you spoken to the developers about it? It is a paid app after all.

      • John A

        That seems to be the right job, but going by the reviews there and the comments on it here, it sounds like it is pretty buggy at the moment. Definetly one I shall keep an eye on with future updates though.

        • Roger Siegenthaler

          What's New
          -- Added Database integrity check
          -- Updated FAQ's

          Well looky there xD, not sure how new that is though

    • treeform

      Sorry we don't have a way to answer whatsapp. But together with this third party app we can: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ingeniousapps.pushbulletquickreply&hl=en
      Its not by us, and it requires a rooted phone, so not for everyone.

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

        I did give that a try and it screwed up my WA msgs. After working for 30-45 minutes, it kind of got stuck. Instead of showing the new msgs in popup, it kept showing one particular msgs where it got stuck. Reply to that msg didn't get pushed either. After seeing this behavior for 4-5 times, I started conversing directly using the WA app on my phone. After another 30 minutes or so, QuickReply suddenly comes out of its hangover and finally pushes the reply I had tried to send via desktop popup. But in doing so, it deletes ALL msgs exchanged since the time QuickReply had got stuck. :-O Aaaarrghhh.

    • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

      And better Firefox integration for me ;) But the new update (v.23) fixed A LOT of bugs with Firefox, and the recent app update also squashed some. These guys are great!

    • John A

      Oh yes, Whatsapp support would be so good to have.

  • http://iron2000.blogspot.com/ iron2000

    Came late when almost everyone is using Whatsapp a lot more and SMS a lot less.
    Well, at least for me.

    • William

      This seems to be REALLY dependent on region. Whats app seems to be really popular in countries where SMS costs are crazy. Where in countries where sms is cheap to nothing(like US) SMS is still king. I personally dont know or cant anyone who uses WhatsApp.

      • Quad

        SMS is basically free here but everyone uses whatsapp.

      • http://iron2000.blogspot.com/ iron2000

        I feel that Whatsapp's ability to do group chats is its advantage over traditional SMS. My family uses that exclusively to arrange family events.

        I know people who have Line, WeChat and Whatsapp all on their phone.
        They use SMS the least and will check and respond to that slowest.

        For my mobile plan I have 500 free SMS and 5 cents per excess SMS.

        • William

          Well i wasnt really going into the advantages of either. But sms/mms does group messaging fine.

          The real advantage of SMS/MMS is its federated, and no proprietary. I personally will never support a proprietary messaging solution.

        • Calvin Uijlen

          Whatsapp is really shitty compared with Hangouts.

          • StriderWhite

            Yep, but nobody uses it...

      • Bluewall

        You basically won't find anyone using SMS or don't know what Whatsapp is in Switzerland. It's crazy.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      I've never used Whatsapp, and I don't think I know anyone, personally, who does.

      • StriderWhite

        Do you live in a cave?

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          No, Los Angeles. I'm in the IT and entertainment industries. Tons of tech-savvy people. I've never had anyone ask me if I'm on Whatsapp, suggest I join Whatsapp, or so much as mention it. People complaining about it not working with ART in Android communities is just about the only time I find people who use it.

          • StriderWhite

            Now that I remember, there's a friend of mine working in the IT, that doesn't use Whatsapp because he's afraid of his privacy!! Are you too afraid?

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            I think my reason was pretty well-implied already: I know nobody who uses it. Waste of resources if I'm going to be alone. I already have Hangouts, Messenger, Voice, and SMS. I don't need an extra platform that none of my friends use. Security's not my concern here. I don't see any reason to assume it's any less secure than everything else we use.

          • StriderWhite

            Just asking...by the way, now that Facebook bought Whatsapp, I think the privacy it's completely gone!

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Well, currently it's operating as its own company with its own privacy policies. As Facebook inevitably gets more involved, the privacy will likely shift to that of Facebook's, for better or for worse.

          • yieldway17

            Well, it's kind of not popular in U.S. outside immigrant communities and who have international family & friends.

  • Charles Sweeney

    My modem just crashed on my Note 3 [rooted] prompting a reboot into upload mode, what do I do next?

    • gumbald

      Install PushBullet and send some SMS!

    • Mitch Ware

      lolwut

    • Charles Sweeney

      LOL..thanks guys, you all clearly see that I was posting some arbitrary comment just like a few others have chosen to do.

  • Mert Çelen

    Google will buy pushbullet soon,note that

    • Charles Sweeney

      Ahhh, as in Note the date? I see what you did there, well played sir, well played. OH wait, that wasn't a slick reference to the Note 4? Maybe I'm just super hype for 3Sept14!

    • Brad

      They should. I'd like to see this baked in. I thought there were rumblings of this before, though... I could be mistaken.

  • projectprivasy

    I guess Pushbullet developers are aliens from an advanced civilization. Otherwise, how can they be so ridiculously good :)

  • Karol Klimczak

    Hangouts should have had this feauture from the moment they made it able to send SMS

  • Majeed Hamid

    Every update just get better. Nice progress.

  • epsiblivion

    I've updated the app. do we need to update the windows client as well?

    • treeform

      It should auto update. Version you need is v101.

  • Raymond Berger

    I wish I could set Google Voice as my default SMS application.

    • Lucas Laws

      You could always try Fusion Messenger, although I don't know if it works anymore.

  • FrankJL

    All they need know is show the notifications on top of metro apps in windows 8.1

  • AOSPrevails

    Very nicely done PB Team! Now allow Tablet sms replying and I won't have a use for Mighty Text anymore(I rarely start a sms on a tablet/pc).

  • Ravyal

    Just a quick question about all this. If i mirror my notifications, I know this goes through PB's server. Can they see all these notifications and SMS?

  • jj14x

    Dang - my SMS is no longer getting mirrored to my Chrome extension - (everything else works). Was working till yesterday. This morning, Chrome updated to v37, and pushbullet app updated on my Nexus 5, and no more SMS notifications... sent an Email to pushbullet - hopefully they can help debug...

    • jj14x

      wow - that was fast. Andre (cofounder) replied - and pushed out an update to fix that issue. Neat!

  • Reginald Spence II

    Man, Pushbullet team just keeps smashing barriers left and right. Google needs to snatch this team up for some OS level integration.

  • frankz00

    I wish all these companies had a real handle on MMS. Not dissing this app but all the different carriers are a mess in that respect. That's one thing Apple got right except it's proprietary. Specifically, I'm referring to group messaging. Everyone else is hodgepodge on the MMS side.

  • Kree Terry

    Can anyone vouch for the stability of this? I have been having the worst time with moto connect since it updated the mobile app.

  • Brian

    Doesn't seem to work with GoSMS

    • adibas

      for me it works

      • Travis Kinne

        how did you get it to work? i can't get it to work either

        • adibas

          out the box, didn't anything special. I use Firefox extension for Pushbullet on the desktop side

  • SC

    How do I make it handle SMS ONLY via Hangouts, and not web messages?

  • jgarrido

    How does their service compare to DeskSMS?

  • Chris Dante

    Anything comparable out there for us poor corporate iphone users?

  • Vasilis K.

    Man, that app is gettin better and better by time! What else will they think of???!!!

  • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

    I think I speak for many of us

  • geekgirl

    I just tried using it, and it doesn't work with all SMS clients. Handcent SMS wasn't supported.