For those of us who wishes they could seamlessly send SMS messages from your PC while working, without having to pick up your device, there is a solution. It’s called Pushbullet, developed by a small team in San Francisco.
Pushbullet essentially wants you to have easy access to the notifications and the messaging system of your smart device on your computer, eliminating the need to waste time fiddling with your smart device, increasing productivity while you work, maximizing multitasking potential through integration.
Let’s highlight some of the features Pushbullet offers.
- SMS/Text Message sending
- MMS/Picture texting
- Ability to receive notifications across the board from any app
- Copy/paste clipboard support
- Integration of all your smart devices with Pushbullet installed
The biggest feature to highlight out is the ability to send text messages to other people on your PC, as you would with your device. Before we get into detail, keep in mind Pushbullet only allows you a certain monthly quota restricting you to a certain amount of texts you can send, so you’ll have to pay a small monthly/yearly fee to bypass these restrictions, so keep that in mind.
To get Pushbullet initialized, you’ll need two things. A compatible Android device, as well as a computer with the Google Chrome browser on it.
Your first course of action would be to download the Pushbullet app from the Google Play Store. Install it, and run through the straight forward set up process. You then would need to log onto your computer’s Google Chrome browser, and download/install the Pushbullet Extension, found on the Chrome Web Store. Keep in mind you don’t necessarily have to use the Chrome extension at all times, the web dashboard works too, at www.pushbullet.com.
Another disclaimer would be that Pushbullet is limited to the capabilities of your phone/device. It has to be turned on, and have a functioning Wi-Fi connection in order for you to be able to send messages, because your PC essentially is using the Pushbullet extension/dashboard to transmit a message that’s routed through the connection to your phone/device.
Once you’ve set everything up, and have your chrome extension set up, it’s all straightforward. Whenever you receive a text message or notification of any kind on your phone, as long as you have Chrome open, there will always be a little rectangular pop up notification on the bottom right corner of your screen. There are also options to mute the notification if you wish, so that your phone will still receive the notification, but your Pushbullet extension on your PC won’t. The “Dismiss” button simply dismisses the notification as intended.
In the Pushbullet settings tab, you can make a few miscellaneous settings, such as keeping Pushbullet running when the browser is closed (which is handy if you forget to leave your browser open), and so on.
Click on the Pushbullet chrome extension icon on your browser’s toolbar, and that will bring up a dashboard from which you can navigate around and send a new text message, with a text log similar to your phone’s text app right on the left side.
On your device, in the main Pushbullet app head over to the settings area. From here you can adjust your notification styles and sounds, as well as enable or disable any Pushbullet features at your fingertips.
There’s even an encryption feature where your SMS messages will be encrypted to improve security.
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