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How to Get Android Phone Notifications on Your Desktop

November 14, 2011

There are many occasions when you just set your phone aside and unattended, especially if you are busy at work in front of your desktop or laptop.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could see the alerts and notifications on your Android phone right on your own desktop or laptop without having to pick up the phone itself?

The good news is that with the Remote Notifier for Android app, you can get alerts and notifications from your Android phone to your computer.  This means that even if you are working at your desktop, you won’t be missing out on SMS, MMS, incoming calls, missed calls, battery status, and other similar notifications that you get on your Android phone.

Setting up everything doesn’t take a lot of time either.  Here are the steps:

  1. Download and install the Remote Notifier desktop client to your computer.  You may get the binary installers from the app developer’s downloads page.  Installers for Linux, Mac, and Windows are available.
  2. If the desktop client isn’t running yet, make sure it’s running so that it can start receiving notifications.
  3. On your Android phone, install the Remote Notifier for Android app from the Android Market.  It’s free.

Usually, the setup works right out of the box after installation.  To be sure, send a test notification from your phone to your computer.  You can find this in the Remote Notifier app’s settings screen, under “Miscellaneous.”  Tap on “Send test notification,” and if your desktop pops up a notification balloon, then you’re good to go.

If at first your setup doesn’t work, you may need to specify the methods to use for sending notifications.  As of the moment, you can send notifications either over IP/Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.  The developer is planning to implement notifications sending over USB, although the app still doesn’t support such function.  You can enable both notification methods at the same time.

For sending notifications over Bluetooth, you may need to specify what Bluetooth device to send notifications to.  You also need to pair/bond your phone with your Bluetooth-enabled computer so that the latter can receive the notifications.

You can also choose which notification events to send from your phone to desktop.  As of the moment, the app can alert your desktop for phone rings, SMS is received, MMS, voicemail, and other notifications generated by third-party apps that support Remote Notifier for Android.

If you want, you can set the app to start immediately when you turn on your phone.  You can also choose to manually stop the service on your phone in order to save on battery (especially if you are not using the notifier service).

With a very handy app such as Remote Notifier for Android, you won’t have to miss phone notifications and alerts even if you are busy working at your computer.

Do you have this app on your phone?  How has it helped you?