Notifyr lets you read iOS notifications on your Mac


Notifyr is a great new iPhone app which lets you route iOS notifications over to your Mac.

Optimized for Bluetooth low energy (LE)-compatible iPhones and Macs, it allows you to receive notifications regarding phone calls, text messages, and iOS apps (such as WhatsApp messages, or Instagram follows) in the right-hand corner of your Mac’s display.

“Once paired, you’ll never need to open the app on your phone again,” Notifyr’s developer says in the app’s release notes. “When the connection gets lost, Notifyr will automatically reconnect to your phone once it becomes available again.”

There are a couple of things worth noting. The first is that because Notifyr uses Bluetooth LE for its long-range, energy efficient connection, you’ll need to be using an iPhone 4s, 5, 5c or 5s handset, along with a 2011 MacBook Air, 2012 MacBook Pro, late 2012 iMac, 2011 Mac mini, or late 2013 Mac Pro (or newer) to be able to use the application.

The second point is that Notifyr may well be functioning by using private APIs. If this is the case, there’s every likelihood that the app was approved in error and will disappear from the App Store very quickly — meaning that you should download this as soon as possible.

Currently Notifyr can be downloaded from the App Store for $3.99 on the App Store, running on iOS 7.0 and above.


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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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