One of the biggest advantages of a smartphone using iOS combined with a computer running MacOS has been the ability to send and receive iMessages directly from either device interchangeably(which is expanding to all SMS messaging with the updates due out this fall). Fortunately for those who aren’t running those platforms, Pushbullet is an app that can help… especially with the latest round of updates. In an exciting turn, Pushbullet can mirror all manner of notifications from your Android device on your computer –including text messages!
Before you say that you really don’t see the need to use text messaging from your computer (as opposed to a mobile device), there are several advantages that I can speak to first-hand as somebody who has used this functionality for some time now. One of the most significant benefits is the ability to type quickly and more accurately –while it’s completely possible to connect a Bluetooth keyboard to your smartphone or tablet, that’s an extra step. If you are one of the many people who work on a computer all day long, not having to look at your smartphone means fewer distractions –it may be argued that seeing them pop up on your computer is just as bad, but it also means not having to look away from the screen to check (and you can keep the volume off on your smartphone, which is a great idea for everybody who works around you as well).
Other features also make texting and messaging life a lot easier, including: being able to review your messaging history across all of your devices (which is especially nice on a larger screen for those with a lot to say), easily send items from your computer (potentially giving you access to all of your documents and images, not just those that happen to be on your smartphone or tablet), save attachments to your computer where they are most useful (while not losing them on your other devices as well), and my favourite –universal copy and paste (copy text from one device and paste it on a different one).
It all adds up to Pushbullet being one of the most productive, productivity apps available. If you haven’t given it a try already, download Pushbullet now and prepare to be amazed!
Jillian Koskie is an experienced software developer, content writer, project manager and usability design expert. With over 17 years in these roles, Jillian has enjoyed applying her skill-set to assist clients and users across a wide variety of sectors including: legal, health, and financial services. Combining these professional opportunities with a love of technology, Jillian is pleased to contribute articles, opinions, and advice to numerous news outlets, websites, and publications.