Pushbullet is probably the gold standard of cross-platform notification and file sync technology. They have a native client for both Windows and macOS as well as Android and iOS. You can instantly receive notifications from your smartphone to your laptop and interact with it. Sharing files and snippets or text or links is easy. Pushbullet has a solid API which is used by many brands to push notifications regarding what’s happening in their world. But ever since Pushbullet switched to a subscription model ($4.99 per month), they seem to stop releasing new features. Which is why many users are looking for Pushbullet alternatives.
Why I went through all Pushbullet features above? That was done to set a standard that we can compare alternatives against, and see what they are offering or missing. Makes it easier to compare and choose one that’s best suitable for you.
Also Read: Pushbullet vs Join | What to Choose?
AirDroid is probably one of the best Pushbullet alternatives with a comparable feature set and a lower price point. While Pushbullet focuses more on mirroring notification, AirDroid strength lies in transferring data between Computer and Android.
AirDroid will connect with your Windows or macOS computer, allowing you to control it remotely. You can also access the camera and start recording if you want. Transferring files is as easy as dragging and dropping them.
Another hidden feature of Airdroid is screen mirroring. You can click on the Screenshot icon and it’ll bring up the phone’s display. Maximize the window on your computer and you have ads and lag-free screen mirroring.
All mobile notifications will be mirrored on the big screen and you will be able to interact with it. AirDroid also offers a web client so you can use it without installing a native client. AirDroid free has 30MB file transfer and 200MB data transfer limit. For $2.99, you get remote camera access, local file transfer, remove ads, 1GB file transfer and unlimited data transfer.
- Notification Mirroring
- Remote access
- Remote dialing
- Receive and respond to notifications
- Camera access
- 1GB file transfer
- Unlimited data transfer
Download AirDroid (Freemium, $2.99)
As the name suggests, MightyText is more about messaging than anything else. That doesn’t mean that’s the only thing it is good at. You can view, manage, and send text messages remotely. One cool feature is the ability to schedule messages but many SMS apps now offer that function. You can view and dismiss all notifications on your computer but can’t interact with it.
They have added support for backing up photos and videos. Just like Pushbullet and AirDroid, you can send links and text to your phone from the computer. An interesting feature is the Power View where you can chat with up to 4 people simultaneously. Then there are text message templates for sending the same message repeatedly.
MightyText Pro will cost you $9.99 and remove ads, add themes, text message scheduling, remove monthly SMS limits, enable signature, and backup/restore messages on new phone.
- Schedule messages
- Backup/restore messages
- Bulk messages, drafts
- Multi-chat window
- Sync photos, videos (100GB)
- Android app and web client
- No native client for Apple, Windows
- Can’t interact with notifications
- Only media files can be transferred
Also Read: 10 Best Notification Apps for Android (2018)
3. Your Phone & Cortana
If you are running a Windows 10, you already have a native Pushbullet alternative built-in.
Both the apps were developed by Microsoft and offer a range of cross-platform sync features. Let’s start with Your Phone. Available on Windows and Android, it will sync messages, photos, and notifications. And not just that, you can even reply to your mobile’s notification from your PC directly.
There is also a screen mirroring feature which is limited to Samsung and OnePlus mobiles for now.
Cortana on the other hand will help with setting reminders that will sync across devices, and read your emails to notify you of important events and dates. Cortana is more of a smart assistant and a Google Assistant competitor than a Pushbullet alternative. But some of its sync features will come in handy.
Your Phone is still a work in progress and Microsoft is working hard to add more features. It is completely free to use. Note that the iOS version is called Continue on PC and has limited features.
Notification Mirroring and reply
- Sync photos
- View, send messages
- Screen mirroring
- Videos don’t sync
- Mirroring is limited to Samsung, OnePlus
From the makers of the critically acclaimed Tasker comes Join. A simple app that will sync notifications and other data between Windows and Android platform. We did a detailed article on comparing features of Join against Pushbullet but in general, Join has some nifty tricks up its sleeve. You can connect it with Tasker, IFTTT, and even Google Assistant. This gives you an unlimited number of ways to automate various aspects of your smartphone.
Join will let you share links, files, and even clipboard between devices. For notifications, you can control which apps’ notification you want to sync. This will make things less chaotic. There is an option to take screenshots and open apps remotely. Join has a one-time cost of $4.49. No subscription.
- Tasker, IFTTT, Google Assistant integration
- Clipboard for link, text
- Send/receive files
- No subscription
- No Apple ecosystem support
Yappy is MightyText competitor more than Pushbullet alternative but does things in a better way. First and foremost, all text messages sent are encrypted so there are no leakages. You can receive notifications but also initiate a call remotely. Adding signatures is optional and scheduling messages is quick.
The free version is powerful enough but the pro version will remove ads, retain messages for an unlimited time, and enable scheduling messages. The pro version will cost you $4.99. It uses to be bucks back in the day.
- Sync messages
- Encrypted messages
- Initiate calls remotely
- No file transfer
- No Apple ecosystem support
6. KDE Connect
While Pushbullet is not available for Linux, but if you are looking for something between Linux and Android, then KDE connect is your best bet. Like Pushbullet, it supports notification mirroring, you can browse your Android files from your PC, Control phones, sync your clipboard between Android and Ubuntu etc. And best of all, it’s open-source.
- Notification mirroring
- Browsing files
- Clipboard sync,
- Control PC through the phone. Open source!!
- No reply to notification or SMS.
AirMore is another Pushbullet alternative where you can transfer files, view call logs and messages, take a screenshot of your mobile remotely, and mirror your Android screen on you laptop. One thing that AirMore is missing is the ability to view and interact with notifications from different apps.
AirMore will cost you $3.99 per month and is available on all mobile platforms.
I would ahead with AirDroid as the best Pushbullet option available on the web right now. It does everything the former does, and then some more. If you are not a fan of the subscription model, go for Join app which is even more powerful because of Tasker, IFTTT, and Assistant integration. If you need something to for KDE users, KDE connect is the best and only option out there.