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How to get Android notifications on your computer

How to get Android notifications on your computer

Have you ever wished that you could keep an eye on what's going on with your smartphone without having to take your eyes off your computer? Well, you're in luck. Android is fortunately so varied that one of the many things you can do on the platform is receive your phone's notifications on your desktop PC screen. No need to continually hunt around for your phone in your bag or pocket, and no more depleting your battery from repeatedly checking your phone. So how do you do it? We'll show you how!

Your can endow your Android phone with the power to send your notifications directly to your computer screen through several totally free apps. There are several options available and all of them work very easily. Desktop Notifications is just one of them, but it's our favorite so we've chosen it. You can, of course, look for other ones too. To use Desktop Notifications, you just need to do 3 things: download the application on your smartphone, get the extension for one of the two most popular browsers and make sure you have a Google account.

Step 1. Once you've downloaded the extension, launch it and link it to your Google account.

Just link it with your Google account and Bob's your uncle. © ANDROIDPIT

Step 2. On your smartphone, download and launch the app and connect it to your Google account as well.

Step 3. Do a test run to make sure the account was successfully connected. 

The Desktop Notifications app allows you to do a test to make sure it's all working. © ANDROIDPIT

Next, you can try out different configurations. For example, you can decide to get notifications pushed through to your PC only when your device is connected to Wi-Fi. You can also control sound and vibrate settings.

Desktop Notifications allows you to configure certain settings. © ANDROIDPIT

You can, of course, select which apps you want to receive notifications for on your PC. In the options (menu with the three lines on the top left), you can access the Apps category. Once you receive a notification on your phone from an app, the app will automatically be added to this list. You can then click on the app to select what level of notification you wish to receive for this app.

androidpit desktop notification screenshot
Choose how much you want to be notified about an app / © ANDROIDPIT

Have you tried this app? Or do you use another? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Sunny Sep 28, 2017 Link to comment

    For me, I prefer AirMore to get android notification on my computer. AirMore allows you to receive all the notification from your phone in real time. Then, you can also send messages directly and hang up the calls on web.
    I haven’t missed any messages while managing my data online because of this program.

  • It's the reason why iMessage is so popular because you can see your messages on both your mac and iPhone simultaneously. Google's messaging applications truly stink !!!

    • The same can be done with Google Voice. I see all my messages on my phone, my tablet, my Chromebook and any computer running the Chrome browser including iOS devices. It's a superset of iMessage.

  • I tried various PC/phone apps but haven't found them all that personally useful since the phone is nearby anyway. This looks like the basis of a pretty good parenting and possibly business fleet app - you'd want multiple device log ins and a password lock to prevent kids or employees from tampering with the settings, and geolocation.

  • Rui Jun 4, 2017 Link to comment

    I use Join.

  • My Chromebook already does this automatically. No need for this app.

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