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.
Pushbullet for iPhone has four tabs: Pushbullet, Contacts, Channels and Settings. The main launch screen allows you to compose a message, add links, attachments or maps, and send it to another device you have set up Pushbullet on. Contacts displays a list of your paired devices, contacts and subscriptions. Channels provides push notification feeds that you can subscribe to. Last, the Settings tab gives you a few options such as your choice of Safari or Chrome for opening links and Apple Maps or Google Maps for opening addresses.
While much of its core functionality is already possible through other apps and services, Pushbullet for the most part has proved to be a faster and more reliable solution for quickly sending notes, links, files and more between a smartphone and computer or vice versa. Channels also provide a great way for receiving notifications from a particular source so that you can stay informed at all times.
Overall, Pushbullet is a worthwhile recommendation for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Safari users that are looking to move lots of content between devices. Pushbullet for iOS [Direct Link], Pushbullet for Mac [Direct Link] and the Safari extension are all free to download, making the software an even more valuable option for multi-device users.