How to: mirror Android notifications on your desktop

PushBullet is a handy little app that lets you mirror Android notifications on your desktop. Managing multiple devices is difficult, especially when you’re working. If you spend most of your time in front of your computer, a constantly beeping Android phone or tablet can be distracting. But what if you could view all your Android notifications on your desktop? A handy little app called PushBullet can help you do just that. Read on for our step-by-step guide.

Step 1:

Pushbullet Step 1_1 Download the PushBullet app from the Google Play Store and install it on your Android device (must be running Android 4.1 and up). Select the Google account you want associated with PushBullet and sign in.

Step 2:

Pushbullet Step 2_1Pushbullet Step 2_3 You will be asked whether you want to set up Notification Mirroring. Click on ‘Cool, I want this.’ Next, tap on the option to enable Notification Mirroring. You’ll be redirected to the Android Security settings menu, where you should tick the checkbox and tap on ‘OK’ to accept the warning that pops up. Next, tap ‘Done’ to finish and exit.

Step 3:

Pushbullet Step 3_1 Download and install the PushBullet extension for Chrome or Firefox on your computer, depending upon the browser you use. And if you don’t use either, you’ll need to, since this works only with these two at the moment. Click on the icon near the top right corner of the browser and sign in to your Google account.

Pushbullet Step 4_1 You’re done! Now all the notifications that appear on your Android device should pop up on your desktop.

PushBullet tweaks:

Pushbullet Notes_1 Pushbullet Notes_2 By default, PushBullet mirrors notifications from all apps. To change this, go to PushBullet Settings on your Android device and select only the apps you want to display notifications from. You can also change the duration for which notifications are displayed. You can receive PushBullet notifications on multiple computers, provided you have the same extension (Chrome or Firefox) installed on all of them.
Ketaki has over 9 years experience writing on tech, having worked at the Hindu Business Line earlier. Based in Bangalore, her location keeps her away from most of the chaos at 91mobiles HQ. When she's not editing or writing, Ketaki spends her time entertaining her dog Zoe, binge-watching Netflix and reading fantasy fiction.
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