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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.