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chrome to phoneChrome to Phone is made up of a Chrome extension and an Android app that work together. Install both and you can quickly send web pages, maps, videos, and phone numbers from the Chrome browser on your computer to your smartphone (Android 2.2 or newer). Chrome to Phone is ideal when you’re looking up information on your computer and want to take it with you. For example, you can send a list of nearby restaurants 5 Helpful Apps For When You Can't Decide Where To Eat [Android] 5 Helpful Apps For When You Can't Decide Where To Eat [Android] Read More or Google Maps directions from your computer to your phone in a single click. No need to search for the directions on your phone – just click the toolbar button, pick up your phone, and head out the door.

The Chrome to Phone app supports Android 2.2 and later, so nearly all Android users can make use of it. If you have got an Android device running Android 4.0 or newer Google Chrome Finally Launches For Android (ICS Only) [News] Google Chrome Finally Launches For Android (ICS Only) [News] Read More or an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch Google Chrome Now Works On iPhone And iPad & Google Drive Hits iOS [Updates] Google Chrome Now Works On iPhone And iPad & Google Drive Hits iOS [Updates] Google Chrome is finally available for iOS devices. It offers the full-featured browsing experience that users expect from Chrome. It has a clean, easy-to-navigate user interface that makes browsing the web on iOS feel more... Read More , you can use Chrome to Mobile and the mobile version of Chrome instead – see the Chrome to Mobile section near the end of this article for more information.

Setup

First, you’ll need to install the Chrome to Phone extension from the Chrome Web Store 10 Really Cool Games From The Google Chrome Store [MUO Gaming] 10 Really Cool Games From The Google Chrome Store [MUO Gaming] The Chrome Web Store contains thousands of games - we've dug through them for you and unearthed some gems. Whether you're looking for casual fun, Zen puzzles, rich 3D graphics, arcade-style multiplayer action or interesting... Read More . After doing so, click the Chrome to Phone button on your toolbar and log in with your Google account’s username and password.

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Next, you’ll have to install the Chrome to Phone app from Google Play. After doing so, launch the app and follow the instructions on your screen to register the device – this links the Chrome to Phone extension and app together. Ensure both devices are using the same Google account.

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Usage

Chrome to Phone can send web pages from your computer to your phone, which is particularly useful when you’re doing some research before leaving your computer. Just click the Chrome to Phone button and the curent web page will be sent to your phone – it’ll automatically open in your phone’s browser.

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Chrome to Phone can also launch specific apps. For example, if you’re using Google Maps to get directions The Top 3 Free Offline GPS Apps For Android The Top 3 Free Offline GPS Apps For Android Google Navigation for Android is one of the best map solutions you can get in the palm of your hand, but what if you don’t have a data connection? Whether you’re traveling abroad, using a... Read More , you can click the Chrome to Phone button and the directions will appear in the Google Maps app on your phone. This also works with videos on the YouTube website – they’ll open in the YouTube app.

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You can even select phone numbers on web pages and click the Chrome to Phone button – the dialer will launch and you can call the number with a single tap.

Chrome to Phone History

The Chrome to Phone app on your Android contains a history of all the things you’ve send to your phone, so you can quickly revisit them later. You can clear the history from the app, if you like.

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Chrome to Phone vs. Chrome to Mobile

Note that Chrome to Phone is different from Chrome to Mobile, a similar Chrome extension.

Chrome to Phone sends links to the Chrome to Phone app on your Android device – this app runs on Android 2.2 and 2.3 (Froyo and Gingerbread), which are older versions of Android Evolution of Android: From 1.0 to Jelly Bean [Geek History Lessons] Evolution of Android: From 1.0 to Jelly Bean [Geek History Lessons] Read More . Currently, the majority of Android users are using Gingerbread A Quick Guide To Android Versions & Updates [Android] A Quick Guide To Android Versions & Updates [Android] If someone tells you they’re running Android, they’re not saying as much as you’d think. Unlike the major computer operating systems, Android is a broad OS that covers numerous versions and platforms. If you’d like... Read More , so Chrome to Phone will be most useful to most Android users.

Chrome to Mobile sends pages from your computer’s Chrome browser to the Chrome browser running on your mobile device. As the mobile version of Chrome only runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) 8 Cool New & Revised Features In Android 4.0 Ice-Cream Sandwich 8 Cool New & Revised Features In Android 4.0 Ice-Cream Sandwich It’s a new year, and we have a new version of Android. Known popularly by the code name Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0 is an important update to Google’s mobile operating system. It will be... Read More or later and iOS, the majority of Android users will need Chrome to Phone at the moment.

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If you’re already using Chrome on your phone or tablet, note that Chrome also supports cross-device tab sync Chrome Version 19 Launches With Built-In Tab Syncing [Updates] Chrome Version 19 Launches With Built-In Tab Syncing [Updates] There is some fantastic news for Google Chrome users this week, as the latest version of the browser has just gone live, and is available for download right now. Version 19 of Chrome adds tab... Read More – you don’t have to send a page to Chrome. Instead, just open Chrome’s new tab page, tap Other Devices, and tap any tab to open it.

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For more great Chrome extensions and Android apps, check out our lists of the best Google Chrome extensions and best Android apps.

Do you find Chrome to Phone useful? Or are you already using Chrome to Mobile or Chrome’s tab sync feature on a newer version of Android or iOS? Leave a comment and share your experience!

  1. onigospon
    November 25, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Chrome to Phone & Chrome to mobile don't work. Use Chrome2Droid instead.

  2. Jennifer Lee
    December 13, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Love chrome over IE or firefox! Wish I could remove Safari from my iphone!

  3. Easton Wiki
    November 12, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Such an amazing app! I love being able to send sites over for offline use and i dont even have to bother opening any links, its just auto there in chrome.

  4. Ammar
    September 11, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Its great app, I use it quite often to send apk download links to my phone. Its also worth mentioning that firefox on PC can also be made compatible with Chrome to Phone android app :) Just install Fox to Phone addon: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/foxtophone/

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 29, 2012 at 7:53 am

      Firefox Sync works really well if you're using Firefox on Android, too.

  5. Vampie C.
    September 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Can you also send pages from your phone to chrome?

    SO when I'm sitting in the couch, surfing during the commercial break and I find a nice site or link, I want to read that on my PC.
    Can that be achieved?

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 29, 2012 at 7:52 am

      Well, if you have an Android 4.0+ (ICS) smartphone, you can use the Chrome app and access your open tabs from each device.

      Sadly, this app doesn't do that, though.

  6. Ashwin Ramesh
    September 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Nice :) Worth a try!

  7. suks
    September 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    nice app.. this is what i was looking for to get the perfect browsing experience when i switch from my laptop to my mobile.

  8. Harshit Jain
    September 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Now I can easily send stuff to my tablet.

  9. Mac
    September 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Unfortunately Google Map on Android phone can not open directions containing routes with intermediate stops... Anyway, it's a great app and the author deserve all respects!

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 29, 2012 at 7:52 am

      Yeah, I think Google Maps for Android doesn't support that -- it's too bad.

  10. Usman Mubashir
    September 8, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Always wanted a chrome mobile..

  11. xbalesx
    September 8, 2012 at 1:47 am

    I installed this 2 months ago and it works well. Give it a try...

  12. Rick Shortt
    September 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Oh yeah, the Barcode Scanner also saves it's history, so if you are in a hurry to run out the door but have three or four open tabs on your computer you want to keep reading later, you can just quickly scan the QR codes from each page then open them later from the scanner history.

    Rick

    • Rick Shortt
      September 7, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      My first post didn't show up which is why the one above sounds weird.

  13. Rick Shortt
    September 7, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    This sounds like a really great app if it works for you. I, unfortunately tried it some time ago with my LG Optimus V and Chrome on my computer and never could get it to actually work. I'm now using a three-pronged method that may seem complicated but actually is quite simple and at least as versatile.

    First I have Barcode Scanner installed on my phone http://goo.gl/Da5u4 . This app can be set to copy the content of any bar or qr code to the phone clipboard and also gives to option to open scanned codes in the appropriate app such as browser, maps, YouTube, phone, sms, etc.

    Next I have the Mobile Barcoder extension installed in Firefox http://goo.gl/cBulX . This can generate a QR code for any web page you happen to be on, for any link you right click on, or any text you select. So scanning it with the phone copies it to the phone clipboard as well as gives the option to open the page in the browser. If you right click on the toolbar icon it will make a popup QR code for the page you are on but if you left click it will open the code in a new tab which you can then save.

    Thirdly, I have ClipSync installed on both my computer and phone http://goo.gl/AiJSF . This app copies the clipboard (text only I believe) from either device to the other regardless of what application you are using. It doesn't have to be Chrome or Firefox or any other particular app. I can copy a url, phone number, text from a word processor, email, sms, etc. and then immediately paste it to any app on the other device.

    I can also copy a url, text, etc on the computer, open Barcode Scanner and create a barcode on the "Share" page of the app by pasting the clipboard contents into the appropriate field.

    I'm still finding more things I can do with this threesome and find it incredibly quick and easy. Throw in Dropbox, Evernote, and ES File Explore among others and the ways to share things between your devices is nearly endless.

    Rick

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 29, 2012 at 7:51 am

      Too bad it didn't work for you, it works fine for me. That's a really interesting set up though -- one of the first good uses for QR codes I've seen.

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