7 Comments

Summary:

Want to add custom phone notifications to your computer? A simple extension and Android app combine to do just that: Handy for when your phone is in a pocket, in another room or even across the country.

Phone notifications on Chrome

Google Chrome already supports rich notifications and Google Now is in the works for the browser, but I think there’s still a missing link: Phone notifications sent to your computer. With a free app and Chrome extension, I’ve been having my Android phone push certain alerts right to my Chromebook Pixel. Why is that handy? Because there are often times where my focus is on the computer, not the phone in my pocket, on my desk or sitting on the charger in another room.

You’ll need two free things to add phone notifications to Chrome OS or your Chrome browser. First, install the Android Desktop Notifications extension found in the Chrome Web Store. (Note: You can also enjoy this solution with Firefox, using this extension.) Next, install the corresponding Android app called Desktop Notifications found in the Google Play Store. You’ll need to enabled the Desktop Notifications setting in Android for the app to work.

Once you install those two item, you need to pair the browser add-on with your phone. The extension provides a unique alphanumeric code which you need to type into the Desktop Notification app on your handset. Enter it and you’re done: Now all phone notifications will appear as pop-up alerts in your browser.

Android Desktop NotificationsOf course, I found out the hard way that you probably don’t want all of your phone notifications appearing. Originally, I was routinely getting duplication notifications from both Chrome and the extension. For example, every email notification would appear twice: Once natively in Chrome OS and once from the phone. The same was true for Facebook, Twitter and list goes on. The fix is in the Android app itself.

Tapping the settings in the phone app brings up customization options. You can enable or disable any app notifications, for example, or have notifications sent only when the phone is on Wi-Fi so that the app doesn’t use mobile broadband data to push the notifications. I ended up disabling all the duplicate apps and left alerts on for my calendar, clock — this works nicely as an alarm clock on the computer — text messages and incoming phone calls. Now, all the phone-centric alerts are sent my way even if the phone isn’t handy or nearby.

Like this tip? We shared this one and often provide others on our weekly GigaOM Chrome Show podcast. Here’s the most recent episode along with an RSS link if you want to subscribe.

  1. Jaye Deveraux Thursday, July 18, 2013

    Doesn’t MightyText do this too? I just came back to Android after a long absence and found this lovely app yesterday…LOVING IT!

    Share
  2. Mighty Text only pushes your text messages. This app is for pushing app notifications.

    Share
  3. Thanks ! Saved my time.

    Share
  4. Myphoneexplorer had some of this functionality ages ago

    Share
  5. Thanks for the tip. Just installed and works well!

    Share
  6. Great tip. I used to use (struggle with) MightyText but this is a more general, flexible and reliable solution. The only niggle is the unwanted TTS accessibility voice events with Samsung’s TouchWiz home but that can be worked around by using another launcher (Nemus is my personal favorite)

    Share
  7. buythiscomputer Saturday, August 3, 2013

    This is great ! Thank you !

    Share

Comments have been disabled for this post