You are sitting in front of your computer and you have put your Android phone somewhere on your bed! Suddenly a notification pops up and you want to check it out. But haven’t you thought that it would be easier if you could open that notification on your computer screen? Well, if so, then it makes sense to use a notification mirroring service.
Pushbullet and Join are the two popular apps that mirror your Android notification on your computer screen. In fact, you can even use them to control your Android device via a web browser. But it is quite difficult to choose between them.
So, here we have an in-depth comparison of Pushbullet and Join. We will go through various aspects such as prices, usability, additional features, etc. In the end, you will know which one is better for you: Pushbullet or Join. Then let’s get started.
About Pushbullet and Join
Pushbullet is a cross-platform service that brings together all your devices. The basic function of Pushbullet is to “push” and send things. From simple links to complete files, almost everything can be sent to your devices and vice versa.
On the other hand, Join is marketed as a Pushbullet alternative. Like Pushbullet, you must have the Join apps on your devices and their corresponding extensions on your browser. But unlike Pushbullet, with join you get other features like requesting screenshots, locating the device, or making it play at full volume.
Pushbullet vs. join –
Price structure n. 1
Pushbullet has a freemium model. That’s in the free version, you get basic features like: Link Sending and Mirror Notification. But if you need features like Universal Copy & Paste and Mirrored Notification Action, and more storage space, etc. then you have to pay $ 4.99 per month (or $ 3.33 if paid annually). Although it is worth mentioning that all these professionals The features were available for free before they introduced the new pricing model.
Join, on the other hand, does not have a free version. You can try the app for 30 days (ad-supported) and then pay a one-time payment of $ 4.99. No monthly subscription.
So in terms of prices, Join is the best option. You don’t have any limitations or monthly fees once you’ve paid that $ 4.99. Although Pushbullet has a free version, it is also quite limited.
# 2 user interface
Pushbullet has kept the design intuitive in the case of extensions and the unified web interface. It’s also easy to set up a Pushbullet account on all devices with your Google account.
However, Join’s user interface looks geeky. It does not have a complete graphical user interface, it is just a few buttons arranged in order. So if you are a newbie it may take some time to get a feel for Join’s user interface, but for a power user, the interface works perfectly.
# 3 Duplication of notifications and access to SMS
Notification duplication is perfect in Pushbullet. Once you have granted access to Android notifications, all notifications will show on your other devices as well. Whether they are phone calls, WhatsApp messages or SMS notifications; each bit will appear on other screens. However, a limitation of Pushbullet is that iPhone notifications can be reflected in Mac devices only.
Access to SMS is good on Pushbullet too. You get the complete list of SMS on all connected devices and can also send messages. Although, in the free version, you can send only 100 messages per month. This is a serious limit because Pushbullet also counts WhatsApp and Kik messages. So, if you are one of those who spends more time on WhatsApp or Kik, Pushbullet Free is not enough for you.
Join also mirror all notifications on your other devices. The same goes for messages from WhatsApp, Facebook or your reminder. Everything will show up on connected devices as they happen. The best part of Join is that you can respond to notifications. It is also available in the free trial version.
Join also extracts a complete list of your SMS messages. From any device, you can send a message and it will be sent through your Android phone. And what’s more, there is no limit to the number of messages you can send.
In general, if you sent more than 100 messages per month, choose Join as it is cheaper.
# 4 Device support
When you have a lot of devices with you, compatibility is a selection factor. Pushbullet offers official and unofficial support for different platforms, including–
- Official applications for Android, iOS and Microsoft Windows
- Browser extensions for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera
- And a unified web-based interface
- Apart from these, Pushbullet also supports some community created apps. Here, you get apps for BlackBerry, Mac, Ubuntu, and Windows Phone.
When we consider Join, it is available for a limited platform, which includes:
- Official apps for Android and Windows 10
- Browser extension for Google Chrome and FireFox (not fully supported)
- A web-based interface
However, it is worth mentioning that Join’s really useful web interface. You can log in from any device and manage any device. Surprisingly, you can even manage the device you signed in from. For example, I tried to ring my phone from there, and it worked.
In short, if you have multiple devices besides Android, like an iPhone or Windows phone, Pushbullet makes more sense.
# 5 What can you send?
With Pushbullet, you can ‘push’ a variety of content to your devices, such as:
- Data you have stored on the clipboard
- Browser links
- Files (maximum file size 25 MB in the free version, plus 1 GB when you opt for the Pro plan)
Join is a bit advanced when it comes to submitting things. You can send –
- Clipboard data
- Browser links
- Files (although, to send files from your Android device use the native sharing option, there is no direct option within the app)
- Tasker commands
# 6 Other features
As we said, both Pushbullet and Join offer some additional features to notification mirroring. Although it is not important to everyone, it may be important to some.
Chat with friends – If your friends use Pushbullet, you can chat with them from any device. Messages are synced across all devices, including web browsers, PCs, and more. Also, on Windows PCs, we also have some cool chat heads.
Remote file access – You need to grant certain permissions on your device to use this feature. Once enabled, you can access your files remotely. For example, you can download a file from your desktop or vice versa.
Follow channels and read content – Pushbullet offers a number of channels that would interest you. These channels are regularly updated and bring you up-to-date news from the web. You can read the content of these channels with one click.
Find your phone: With one click, you can make your phone ring at full volume.
Send Tasker commands: If you have installed Tasker on your Android device, Join allows you to manage Tasker control actions. You can send Tasker commands to perform certain tasks.
Location: You can find out the precise location of your phone.
Request screenshot / screen recording of your device. It will be taken, loaded and opened on the other device.
|Availability||Android, iOS, Windows, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Web||Android, Windows 10, Chrome and Web|
(with $ 4.99 per month)
|One-time payment of $ 4.99 (with 30-day free trial)|
|Maximum file size to send||25 MB free; 1GB in Pro||Unlimited|
|Supported notification||All notifications||All notifications|
|Notification actions||Only in Pro version||Yes|
|Storage||2GB free; 100GB in Pro||Google Drive storage|
The final verdict
Although Pushbullet and Join do the same thing, there is still a lot of difference.
If you are looking for a simple service for notification duplication, Pushbullet is just fine. It has dedicated apps for various platforms and works well for an average user. But they don’t offer deep control over your device. Similarly, Pushbullet’s pricing plan isn’t that impressive, as you have to pay $ 4.99 every month.
Join, on the other hand, is for advanced users. The user interface may not be simple, but it offers a ton of advanced features such as: finding out the location of the device and taking screenshots. You can get all of these options from its web-based interface. So if joining works for you, then it makes sense to pay $ 4.99 once and use Join forever.