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Android Notifier

Real time notifications on your Android device can be very distracting sometimes. Often your phone vibrates or makes a “ding” sound, and you unlock it only to find that a stupid text message has arrived. Notifications are cool, but not all of them need your immediate attention. If you are an office person and want to receive notifications from your Android phone on a regular desktop computer, the Multi Droid notifier application [1] can prove to be very useful. This app shows all Android notifications as a system tool tip in Windows , Linux and MAC computers, so you can easily skip unnecessary notifications and keep an eye on the important ones from your computer itself.

The only requirement for the app to work is that your computer and the Android device should be connected to a common router or wireless access point. 

Here is how to get Android notifications on a desktop computer running  Windows, Linux or MAC operating system:

1. Go to the Android notifier project page [1], switch to the “Downloads” tab and download the 32 bit Windows installer. If you are using Ubuntu, Linux or OS X, grab the respective installers from the “Downloads” section.

Download multi droid notifier

Run the installer and follow the wizard to complete the installation. (please note: Windows 7 and Windows 8 users have to run this program as “administrator”).

2. When the notifier client has finished installing, you will see a notice from Windows Firewall. Select the option “Private networks, such as my home network or work network” and click on “Allow access” to continue.

Allow Firewall access

3. On your Android phone, go to the Google Play store (Android market) and search for “Remote notifier for Android” (without quotes).

Remote Notifier for Android

Alternatively, click this link [2] or scan the following QR code to install the Remote notifier App on your Android device ( you will need a bar code scanner app to scan QR codes.

Install The App Using QR Code

4. When you are through with the installation, open up the Remote notifier app on Android and tap on “Events to notify”. Next, select all the events for which you want to receive notifications on your desktop computer e.g Phone rings, SMS, MMS, battery state, voice-mail and third party apps.

The notifications of third party applications will be sent only when the app in question supports the remote notifier app. In most cases, this should not be a much of a hassle.

Android notifier settings

You can choose not to receive notifications for specific events. For example, if you don’t want to receive notifications for missed calls or  when your phone is ringing, you should uncheck the “Phone ring” option. Otherwise, this feature is pretty handy on several awkward scenarios e.g when your kid wants to play games on your phone or Android tablet. You can let him use your phone and continue to receive notifications on your desktop.

If you are too concerned about security and whether anyone using the shared network can breach the notifications through the common wireless connection, there is always the “Encrypt” option. Tap on “Security” and select the “Encrypt notifications” option, as shown below:

Encrypt notifications

This is important. You will be asked to choose a pass phrase, without which it will be impossible for anyone (including you) to decrypt those notifications on their desktop computer. 

Choose a pass phrase to encrypt Android notifications

Now open the desktop client, go to the program preferences and enter the same pass phrase under “Notification/Reception methods”

Decrypt Pass phrase

You are good to go. Now send a test notification from your Android by tapping on “Send test notification”; this will send a short ping from your Android device to your desktop computer. Do not ignore this step as it is required for pairing the correct computer with the correct device present in the same wireless network.

Send a test ping

Now you are ready to receive your Android’s notifications right on your desktop. Following is an example notification of my Android’s battery state where I get the information that the phone is not charging via a power outlet:

Example notification

You will continue to get other notifications e.g missed call alerts, voice mail, new messages and notifications from third party apps on your computer. Do give this a try!

~Amit Banerjee