If you spend a lot of your time in front of your Mac OS X computer and would find seeing all of your notifications – both from iOS and Mac OS – on your Mac OS X computer much easier than having to look back and forth between devices for incoming notifications, then you'll definitely want to check out a new jailbreak tweak called pushNotify
by iOS developer Majd Alfhaily.
With pushNotify, you will be able to forward all of your incoming iOS push notifications (from any of your installed applications) to your Mac over your Wi-Fi network. Setting up the tweak is very simple, as we will show you in this review.
First, make sure that your Mac is on the same Wi-Fi network as your iOS device. This is critical, or the tweak will not work. If your iOS device is using a cellular data connection, you will need to move it to the same Wi-Fi network as your Mac OS X machine. If each device is connected to a separate network in the same house or commercial building, this also will not work – they will need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and preferably, the same wireless router.
To get started with the configuration, you will need to download pushNotify from Cydia on your iOS device. It's available on Cydia's BigBoss repository for 99¢. You will also need to install the free companion tool on your Mac OS X computer. The free companion tool is available for free from the developer's Web site at this link
. Once installed, you can follow the steps below:
1. Creating the connection
Once your companion tool is installed on your Mac OS X computer, you can go ahead and open the pushNotify preferences pane in the Settings application of your iOS device. You will get a spinning wheel that says "Waiting for Connection" while your iOS device radiates the hypothetical words, "here I am" all throughout your Wi-Fi network.
Now, you can open the pushNotify application on your Mac, and your computer should hear your iOS device saying, "here I am" and it will show you that it found your iOS device. Just click on your iOS device and then click on the "Connect" button to pair the two devices over your Wi-Fi connection:
2. Confirming that the connection was successful
Pairing the two devices shouldn't take much longer than a few seconds. You will get a notification on both your iOS device, as well as your Mac OS X computer that the pairing is complete:
3. Test it out
Now that your devices are connected, you should be able to send yourself a notification, or wait for a friend to send you a notification, and it will appear on not only your iOS device, but also on your Mac OS X computer. It will appear as an OS X-style notification banner, as pushNotify integrates with Mac OS X's Notification Center to display these banners.
Since you're getting the notification from an application on your iOS device and not from your Mac, clicking on the OS X notification banner will not launch any applications like it would if you clicked on a notification banner for Messages or some other application. Instead, this feature is merely meant to alert you that your iOS device has pending notifications.
As well as display notification banners, your notifications from pushNotify will also stack in OS X's Notification Center just like OS X-native notifications.
Notifications from pushNotify will show a pushNotify icon on them so you can easily differentiate them from OS X notifications.
The Mac OS X pushNotify application puts an icon in your Status Bar, from which you can easily show or hide the pushNotify window, as well as exit the application on demand. The application runs in the background, minimized, while you work on other things on your Mac OS X machine:
From the preferences pane in the Settings application of your iOS device, you can configure a few options:
Here, you can enable or disable the tweak on demand, re-configure the device pairing on demand (you will need to follow steps 1-2 again), suppress iOS notifications from your iOS device and have them only appear on your Mac OS X computer instead, disable pushNotify for specific applications, show a test banner, and pick your own custom static title for the notification banners. Notably, pushNotify is fully compatible with Flipswitch so you can take advantage of a quick toggle for the feature.
The pushNotify iOS and OS X application combination seems to work very well for displaying your iOS notifications on your Mac. The application combination requires Mac OS X Lion 10.8 or later (OS X Mavericks included), and an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 7.0 or later. If you would like to give the application combination a try, pushNotify is available in Cydia's BigBoss repository right now for 99¢. You can refer to the link earlier in the article to download the Mac OS X companion application.
iOS 7.0-7.0.6, Mac OS X 10.8 or later
iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.6, 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display late 2013 running OS X Mavericks 10.9.2