I forgot to include this in yesterday’s weekly Android related post, so I figured I’d do it separately to give it its own focus.

I believe I’ve written about Pushbullet before, but rather than find a link to a previous post let me just pretend I never have and inform you all of the app like its new to all of us.

Pushbullet is available for free in the Play Store and honestly this is one of the few apps I use a ridiculous amount of times on any given day that I wish I had paid for. That’s right, it’s so good that I wish I could have been given the chance to pay for it. What would I pay for this app? Honestly, with the amount of use I get out of it I have no issues whatsoever saying if they had originally charged $25 for it I’d have paid it up with no problem. If they turned it into a subscription service I’d have no problem paying $100 a year for it easily. Yeah, those are bold words. But once you use the app you’ll quickly realize why I’m saying them.

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How many times have you had a link you wanted to text to someone but couldn’t do so via your computer? How many times were you about to run out but needed a file from your computer sent to your phone and thus had to wait while it transferred? How many times have you been mobile and thought man I’d love to read this article or whatnot when I get back to my desk? And so on and so forth?

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Well, Pushbullet lets you do all of that.

Want to shoot yourself a link either to your computer from your phone or from your computer to your phone? Easy peasy. Use the extensions available for either Chrome or Firefox and sending yourself any link is only a few right clicks away. (Edit. Thanks to ShadowStaarr we now have a screenshot of what I’m referring to. You da real MVP.)

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Want to send yourself a file? Head on over to their website, where you should already be logged in after your initial setup, and same thing. Select the device from the list (if you want a specific one) and then drag and drop the file (as seen in the screenshot below) and that’s it. Again, easy peasy.

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You’ll note where it says Following on the left of that screenshot and Channels up near the top.

That’s basically a feature that lets you follow certain websites or activities and you get notifications on your desktop, which I also can’t get a screenshot of as they pop up. That’s how I stay informed throughout the day as items pop up worth checking out. And there are so many channels to subscribe to!

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Fairly recently they released a huge update and while it tweaked the overall look of the app there were some minor issues at first that made me use Pushbullet far less than normal, but within a day they fixed the issues and I went right back to using it like I always have.

And here are some screenshots of me sending myself something from my phone. (And yes, antipodes, I specifically went with that pic for you. You used it the other day in a comment and I thought it was delightful. Mostly because of fire.)

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And like that [snaps fingers] it appeared via a new tab in Chrome!

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Seriously, this is a great app just for all the things you see above alone. But now they’ve added full SMS support. That means you can reply to text messages (if you wish to do so) via your computer.

I sent my cousin a text message via my phone and when she replied I received a Pushbullet notification (which I couldn’t get a screenshot of) and when I clicked on reply that little window opened up and I was able to reply to her from my desktop.

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Firing up my Messenger app on my phone shows my reply to her as if I’d sent it from my phone itself. (Note: This will work with any app you use to send traditional SMS aka text messages.)

And just to remind you all again, THIS APP AND SERVICE AND ALL OF IT IS FREE! Mind. Blown.

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I highly recommend anyone who uses an Android device check this app out, but especially anyone who’s always wanting to share links or send themselves files or just doesn’t want to be bothered to have to grab their phone to check incoming notifications while they’re at their desk. (Oh yeah, pressing X on a notification closes it from your desktop. Although it’ll still be on your phone, unless you interact with it. At which point it clears the notification from your NavBar. As someone who hates seeing notifications in their NavBar you have no idea how much I love that part of the app.)

I could go on and on about this app, but honestly it has to be used to be enjoyed and see the value in it. So check it out. Or don’t. You’re all (mostly) adults, you can do as you please.

Side note: The Pushbullet devs will be doing an AMA on /r/Android at 12 PM CST. Which is perfect cause I’ll be in the break room eating some delicious Red Baron microwaveable french bread pepperoni pizza at that time. So I can peruse the AMA (and potentially ask a question or two) while I eat. In the words of SNL’s Sean Connery, “The day is mine!”