There are multiple ways to share content between your main computer and your Android devices, but not all of them are great. Of course, the best solution is always to simply connect your device to the computer using a USB cable, but that’s cumbersome and not even that great of an option in recent Android versions, since Google has gotten rid of the USB Mass Storage mode and instead relies on the slower and less stable MTP protocol. So today, we’ll show you a great app that makes sharing files, images, text, links and notifications between devices a breeze!
Pushbullet is a great app that allows you to instantly send and receive content between your Android devices and desktop, in a very easy and simple to set up way, and best of all, absolutely free. All you need is the app and an account. Let’s see how to set it up! First, download the app by heading over to this Play Store link. Once installed, the app will prompt you to associate your Google account with the app – it will show you your current account by default, but you can use an alternative one if you’d like:
Once that’s done, you can carry on and move over to the main section:
Here is where you can set up pushes and deliver content to individual devices. But first, you need to also install the app on your desktop computer. Head over to Pushbullet’s website and download the appropriate version. In this example, I will be using the Windows version, currently in Beta. Download and install the file, and then proceed to open the app once it’s done and set up properly. You will see it adds the Pushbullet logo to your taskbar. You can right click over it to access the expanded interface, allowing you to send individual files and associate accounts:
For now though, this should make it so your desktop now appears as a device on the Android app. Open Pushbullet on your Android device and swipe from the left to see a list of associated devices. Your desktop should now show up:
Now, you’re ready to share content between these devices. Tap the “+” icon to elaborate a new push event, and then select what kind of content you would like to send:
For example, in this case, I sent a show text message. After I push it, it instantly appears on my desktop:
I can, of course, also easily send files from my desktop over to my Android device. Once you installed Pushbullet on your computer, it also added a new right click menu option for files specifically for Pushbullet. So, just right click over what file you would like to send, and you will see a list of available devices:
Once you push a file, it will immediately be sent over to your Android device, showing you a notification in the process:
Adding to this, Pushbullet can also make it so that your notifications on the Android device also appear on your desktop. This is enabled by default, and you can disable this on your computer by going into Pushbullet’s settings or heading over to Settings>Android-to-PC notification settings in the Pushbullet app to test or disable this feature as well:
And that’s about it for Pushbullet: easy to set up, very powerful and getting better all the time. I really like the fact that sharing content is instant, and that sending files from Windows is very easy and feels like a built-in system feature by using the right-click menu instead of some other convoluted way. Also, being free, you can’t beat it. While there are other solutions out there, this is one of the more elegant ones and requires minimal set up, so check it out if this sounds like something that would be interesting for you.