Use Google’s Chrome To Phone To Send Web Pages, Maps, & More To Your Android

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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 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 or an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, 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. After doing so, click the Chrome to Phone button on your toolbar and log in with your Google account’s username and password.

chrome to phone

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.

chrome to phone extension

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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.

chrome to phone extension

Chrome to Phone can also launch specific apps. For example, if you’re using Google Maps to get directions, 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.

chrome to phone extension

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.

google chrome to phone

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. Currently, the majority of Android users are using Gingerbread, 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) or later and iOS, the majority of Android users will need Chrome to Phone at the moment.

google chrome to phone

If you’re already using Chrome on your phone or tablet, note that Chrome also supports cross-device tab sync – 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.

chrome to phone

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!

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Comments (17)
  • Jennifer Lee

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

  • Easton Wiki

    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.

  • Ammar

    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/

  • Vampie C.

    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

      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.

  • Ashwin Ramesh

    Nice :) Worth a try!

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