Notifications are a necessary evil, it seems. They're part of what make smartphones so great, by keeping us informed of what's happening around us. And yet, it's easy to hit notification overload with so many apps vying for our attention.
Pushover can help you restore some order to your notifications with its customizable, cross-platform notifications. Just add its app to your browser or install its iOS and Android apps, then you can customize notifications from your favorite apps and even tell Pushover when you'd like your phone to stay quiet. For a one-time payment of $5 per device (perhaps $5 for your desktop browser, and another $5 for your iPhone—and then you can use the app on all of your browsers and iOS devices), you can get your notifications working the way you want.
Start out by making a Pushover account and installing its apps. You'll get a 7 day free trial with each to give you time to get started. On your computer, just open
client.pushover.net in your browser, and enable notifications when your browser asks.
You can then use Pushover's simplest feature: sending notifications between your own devices. Click the phone icon in Pushover's top left corner, then choose your phone and send a message to it. Seconds later, your phone will buzz with that info. That's a handy way to copy and paste text between devices without having to send yourself an email.
Speaking of email, that's another way to send a Pushover message. On your Pushover dashboard, you'll see a notification email address. Send a new email to that address, and you'll get the message as a Pushover notification. You could then add that address to other apps, so their email notifications would come into Pushover.
Or, you can use Pushover's apps and plugins to get notifications from your favorite apps. There's a plugin for Adium to get chat message notifications, one for eBay to watch prices, a WordPress and Drupal add-on to get notifications from your website, and more. Or, you can use Pushover's Zapier integrations to connect with over 600+ apps that work with Zapier, and get customized notifications from each one. You can then add filters in Zapier to watch for specific keywords, so you'll only get the notifications that are most important.
Once you've got all of your favorite apps connected to Pushover, you might find Pushover's notifications are overwhelming, too. For that, open your Quiet Hours settings in Pushover. There, you can set times when you don't want notifications—and you can choose to either have a notification without sound, or to only have the notification saved inside the app without any alert.
With that done, it's time to turn off the notifications you don't want. Just open the notification settings on your computer or phone, and turn off notifications from every app you've connected to Pushover. You might even want to turn off other apps' notifications if you don't really need their notifications—something that especially applies to games.
Then, you're done. Pushover will notify you whenever something happens in one of your connected apps, unless it's a Quiet Hour in which case it'll save the notification for later. If you miss anything, no worries: just open Pushover and scroll back to see what's happened. You'll never have to worry about missing a buzz from your phone again.
- Connect your favorite apps with the Pushover Apps and Plugins gallery, and the Pushover Integrations on Zapier
- Get help and find ideas from others with the Pushover Reddit Forum
- Find how to build a Pushover app with the Pushover API documentation
- Learn how to consolidate your notifications into one app with our guide to Slack—just use its tips with your Pushover notifications and integrations instead
- While you're optimizing your notifications, learn how to avoid other distractions at work to help you be more productive