Just when you thought Pushbullet couldn’t get more useful, the company has updated its popular cross-platform app to include remote file browsing. With the new update you’ll be able to access files on your phone from your computer, or vice-versa, even if you don’t have one of the devices with you. It’s a pretty great feature if you’re known to accidentally leave your phone at home, or leave a file on your work computer that you need at home…
To enable this new feature, you’ll need to download both the Pushbullet app for Android and desktop app for Windows. Once installed on Android you can access it by sliding out the app drawer, tapping ‘Settings’ and then enable ‘Remote Files access’. On Windows desktop it’s a similar process; just access the settings menu and check the box next to ‘Remote Files access’.
As you’d expect, in order to work, both devices need to be online. If you’ve left an important file on your work computer and switched it off, this app won’t help you at all. On the plus side, if both devices are online, it doesn’t matter where in the world they are, you’ll be able to get remote access.
While the option for accessing files on your desktop from an Android phone only exists for Windows users, Mac and Chrome users aren’t completely left in the dark. As long as you have the Pushbullet extension installed in the Chrome browser, you can still access your Android files from any enabled smartphones right from the browser.
Perhaps the best news of all from this update is that both free and Pro account users can take advantage, although free users do have a limit in place:
Remote Files is available to both free and Pro Pushbullet users. Those with a free account will be able to request a limited number of files per month. Upgrading to Pro will remove this limit. (Free and Pro account file size limits apply.)
Since Remote Files is brand new, we are not enforcing the file request limit for free users this week. Try it out and see what you think!
It’s a nice move from the company who recently upset a number of loyal Pushbullet users by removing some features that were free, and placing them behind a paywall, making them exclusively available to Pro account holders. Despite the file size limit, the feature should prove useful for even the free users. You can download the new Pushbullet update from the Play Store from today, or download the app for Windows direct from here.