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Pushbullet mention · September 27, 2018

The 25 Best Productivity Apps for iPhone in 2018

The best productivity apps for iPhone make possible something that would otherwise be impossible, or they make something you need to do simpler and faster. Imagine being asked, unexpectedly, for a copy of a tax form from last year as proof of address during an important appointment that you traveled...read more
Pushbullet mention · September 20, 2018

The 25 Best Productivity Apps in 2018

The flywheel effect is an amazing thing. You know how when you ride a bicycle, the first few pumps of the pedal are always the hardest? Then it gets easier, as your inertia builds up and the energy from your previous hard work combines to let you casually pedal around...read more
Pushbullet mention · September 1, 2018

The 20 Best Productivity Apps for Android in 2018

The best productivity apps for Android keep your life running smoothly and efficiently. They allow you to get information you need and communicate with others without feeling limited by a small screen. Whether you need to get in touch with colleagues to update them on your work progress or sign...read more
Pushbullet mention · August 22, 2017

Zapier for Alfred: Run Automated Workflows From Your Mac Keyboard

The quickest way to do almost anything on your computer is with your keyboard. Copying and pasting text? Formatting a document? Searching your computer? A keyboard shortcut is almost guaranteed to be the fastest way to do it. And on your Mac, you can add new keyboard shortcuts to most...read more
Pushbullet update · April 21, 2014

Enable Pushbullet Notifications for Hundreds of Apps with Zapier

Pushbullet makes it easy to get things from your computer onto your phone and vice versa—things from your phone onto your computer, such as the name of the incoming caller. The service is especially handy for staying on top of app notifications, a feature that gets a big boost...read more
Matthew Guay
Reviewed by Matthew Guay · Last updated June 22, 2016
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Notifications make the world go 'round, or so it seems. They ping your phone, pile up in the unread counter on your apps, and contain everything from breaking news to urgent texts from family to reminders to keep playing that game you didn't really like anyhow.

The easy way to tame notifications is just to turn them off. Whenever a new app asks to send you notifications, say no. But then, you miss out on real-time information, one of the main reasons you carry a smartphone.

That's where notification tools like Pushbullet come in. They let you customize your notifications, get them on all your devices, and let you copy/paste text and files between every device.

Start out by installing Pushbullet's apps, both on your phone and in your favorite browser on your computer. Then, you can send messages to your phone from your computer or vise versa, to share links, files, and anything else you'd like to copy between your devices. Pushbullet makes it simple to share things you've copied, showing them automatically in the New Message box so you can share them with a tap. And with a Pro account and an Android phone, you can copy something on your computer and paste it on your phone via Pushbullet Universal Copy & Paste, without even opening the Pushbullet app.

You can also use Pushbullet to send messages to others. Just enter the name or email address of a contact who also has Pushbullet installed, and you can send them a message, link, or file that'll show up in their Pushbullet app. If you have Pushbullet on an Android device, you can also send SMS messages through your phone using Pushbullet on your computer. Or, you can have Pushbullet copy your iOS notifications to your Mac, or your Android notifications to a Mac or Windows PC to keep up with your phone notifications while you're working on your computer.

That helps share text and files between your devices, and can help you keep from missing notifications while on your computer, but what about notification overload? Pushbullet has a couple tools to help there, too. First, its Channels feature lets you follow popular websites and brands to get notifications whenever they publish updates. You can follow news, comics, stock market updates, and more, or add your own site's RSS feed as a new Pushbullet channel.

For everything else, you can use the Pushbullet Zapier integration to get customized notifications from over 600 apps. Just connect your favorite apps to Zapier—business tools like Gmail, Slack, Evernote, and Salesforce, social networks like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or even dev tools like a MySQL database or a WordPress site—then add filters to watch for specific items. Say you only want Facebook notifications when your best friend shares items, or email notifications when your boss emails. Just add filters to watch for those specific items. Then, send the customized notification to Pushbullet, and you'll get the exact notification you want.

Notifications don't have to be so annoying. Pushbullet lets you use them as a simple way to share data between your devices, and then lets you get customized notifications so you always know when the most important stuff happens. With just a few minutes to set everything up, you'll be confident that you'll always get the exact notifications you need.

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