While there are many ways to get Android notifications on a Windows 10 PC, very few apps let you sync notifications across Android devices. Nowadays, many people own more than one gadget (read phone or tablet). If you use two Android devices, you would probably want to sync notifications across them (isn't tech supposed to make our lives better?).
For instance, I have a tab and a phone. I sometimes watch movies on my tab in my garden and simultaneously like to charge my phone inside the house. Of course, that's when I get the lion's share of my daily calls and texts (life is weird). I am jealous of you iOS users!
So I started looking for an app that could push notifications from one Android device to another, and could also dismiss notifications across all devices.
Thankfully, I found a good one.
The app goes by the name Desktop Notifications. It lets you sync notifications to multiple Android devices (phones and tablets) and even to PC. It comes as a Chrome extension for PC. The best part about the app is that it’s available for free.
The setup is easy and the app also offers customization options. We have covered both in this post.
Let's get started.
Mirror Notifications Across Multiple Android Devices
Step 1: Install the Desktop Notifications app on your Android device.
Step 2: Launch the app. You will be taken to the setup process. It’s a two-step process to set up the app. First, you need to grant notification access followed by signing into your Google account.
Step 3: Tap Open Settings under Notifications Access. On the next screen, turn the toggle on for Desktop Notifications. A confirmation pop up will appear. Tap Allow.
Step 4: Go back and Tap Sign in with Google. Once you have successfully completed the setup process, you will get the following screen.
Step 5: Repeat the steps 1-4 on all Android devices. You can tap Test to send a test notification across all the connected Android gadgets.
Note: Make sure to sign in with the same Google account on all your devices.
That’s all you need to know to set up this app to mirror notifications.
Thankfully, this app lets you customize the notification settings for each installed app individually. For instance, if you have Facebook installed on all your devices, the Facebook app will send notifications on all of them. Now if you use the Desktop Notifications app, you would get Facebook notifications twice. So, it's better to disable Facebook notifications in this app.
Here’s how to turn off notification sync for individual apps.
Customize Notification Sync
Step 1: Launch the Desktop Notifications app on the device whose notifications you want to customize. Tap the three-bar icon at the left corner to open the navigation drawer. Tap Apps. Wait for the apps to load.
Step 2: Then tap the app whose notifications you want to customize. You will get four options - Desktop (Chrome/Firefox), Android smartphones, Android tablets, and Include the content of the notification.
If you don’t want this app to send notification to other Android devices, deselect Android smartphones from the pop up. Similarly, deselect Android tablets and Desktop to stop notification mirroring to Android tablets and PC respectively.
Deselecting any option will affect all the devices under that label. For instance, if you deselect Android smartphones, then notification sync will stop across all the connected Android phones. As of now, you cannot remove individual device models in this app.
Step 3: Once installed, click its icon in the extension bar of Chrome. Then click Sign in with Google. Again, make sure to use the same Google account across all the connected devices. If you use a different account, your notifications will not sync.
You can further customize the notifications that you receive on desktop. You can enable sound for them and even change the time period for which they should be shown on your PC.