Hands-On First Impressions of Pushbullet for iOS, Mac, and Safari

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Following the release of Pushbullet for iOS, Mac, and Safari, we have been testing out the new software to see how well it keeps notifications, links, photos and other files in sync between devices. Pushbullet is the marriage of AirDrop, Notifyr and other OS X Yosemite features in one package, but is it a worthwhile alternative? Find out our first impressions in our hands-on video ahead.


The process of setting up Pushbullet takes just a few minutes. Depending on which platforms or web browsers you want to send and receive links and files between, download the Pushbullet apps or extensions that you need and make sure that iOS to Mac notifications and universal copy and paste are enabled in each app's preferences. iOS and Mac apps are available alongside Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Opera extensions.

You can optimize your experience further by going into the Mac app's preferences and checking off specific apps that you would like to receive iOS notifications from. For instance, if you already receive mail notifications on your desktop, then you probably don't need Pushbullet pushing the same mail notifications from your iPhone. Notification settings can be configured for both stock and third-party apps.



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3bs

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It's great that they were able to give us what Apple promised us but failed to deliver a few years ago: iOS notifications on Macs. Well Apple promised synced notifications but this is still pretty good.
 

appleguy123

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It's great that they were able to give us what Apple promised us but failed to deliver a few years ago: iOS notifications on Macs. Well Apple promised synced notifications but this is still pretty good.
I distinctly remember this too, but I don't remember where it was said. Do you have a link? Did Apple ever say why it didn't materialize?
 

madsci954

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It's great that they were able to give us what Apple promised us but failed to deliver a few years ago: iOS notifications on Macs. Well Apple promised synced notifications but this is still pretty good.
I remember this as well, and I remember Craig mentioning it. I want to say the WWDC with iOS 7 and Mavericks.
 

illitrate23

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is there any way to use this app without having a Facebook or Google account?
Is that why the app is free? Because they're accessing and selling our social media statistics/details?
 

WhoDaKat

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It's great that they were able to give us what Apple promised us but failed to deliver a few years ago: iOS notifications on Macs. Well Apple promised synced notifications but this is still pretty good.
There are synced notifications between iOS and OS X. I believe they are just for apps under the Apple umbrella though.
 

xJus10x

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Got to sign in with Facebook or Google? No thanx I like to keep my data private.
I don't understand this opinion, but you seem to be part of a vocal minority. For instances like this would it be too inconvenient to have a dummy Facebook or Google account set up? It would take a few minutes and you could use it every time you get the urge to keep your data private. Not quite sure how using the sign in for Pushbullet makes everything public, but to each their own...

For example, mahdataizpryvet@gmail.com (doubt that ID is taken). Post nothing to the account. Data is private. You can use awesome services like Pushbullet. Win-win?
 

xJus10x

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Better cancel your internet connection.

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I've been using this with Chrome and *gasp* Android for a few weeks now and it's really slick.
Hey (wo)man you can use Google sign in on iOS with the Google+ app installed.
 

jmh600cbr

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hopefully in 10.11

go ahead and mine my data! this is awesome and works way better than the jailbreak alternatives! My guess is this will be in 10.11 :cool::apple:
 

Glassed Silver

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There are synced notifications between iOS and OS X. I believe they are just for apps under the Apple umbrella though.
I wish that worked.

Have IMAP accounts set up on your Mac and iPhone?
If you read a mail on your Mac, don't think that iPhone removes it right away from Notification Center, it takes the next refresh interval, basically just checking out what the mail server is telling anyways.

Same with Reminders... When I get back on my Mac, I'm supposed to close all the reminders (with notifications) that I already answered on my phone throughout the day.

Glassed Silver:mac
 

rorschach

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I don't understand this opinion, but you seem to be part of a vocal minority. For instances like this would it be too inconvenient to have a dummy Facebook or Google account set up? It would take a few minutes and you could use it every time you get the urge to keep your data private. Not quite sure how using the sign in for Pushbullet makes everything public, but to each their own...

For example, mahdataizpryvet@gmail.com (doubt that ID is taken). Post nothing to the account. Data is private. You can use awesome services like Pushbullet. Win-win?
Great idea, except Facebook now does stuff like this:



and if you can't/won't verify using your phone, they require you to scan your government ID and send it to them:



I think Facebook is worse than you realize...
 

C DM

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Great idea, except Facebook now does stuff like this:

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and if you can't/won't verify using your phone, they require you to scan your government ID and send it to them:

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I think Facebook is worse than you realize...
That comes up for everyone or most people just when you sign up? Haven't seen that for dozens upon dozens of test accounts I've dealt with over the years.
 

boston04and07

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I distinctly remember this too, but I don't remember where it was said. Do you have a link? Did Apple ever say why it didn't materialize?
I remember this and really hope it does materialize soon. At this point it's getting kind of hard to keep track of everything without some kind of syncing solution.
 

hemanwomanhater

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I honestly don't know why developers bother with ambitious ideas like this on iOS. You know this is in Apple's crosshairs.
If Apple does really plan on implementing this same functionality at some point then these guys should be concerned or else they really need to focus on features Apple definitely won't give a crap about (like the channels, which are actually pretty cool).

I remember seeing the new Spotlight in Yosemite and thinking it might mean the end for Alfred, but really Alfred brings enough functionality to the table (especially with the Power Pack) that I still absolutely use it over Spotlight 100% of the time.
 
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