How to Use the Chrome to Phone Extension

Send web pages from Google Chrome straight to your mobile phone

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With Chrome, you can even send links from web pages directly to your mobile phone. You can continue your browsing, online research, or streaming where you left off with no interruptions required.

The official Chrome to Phone extension is no longer available, but there's a way to get the same functionality with Google Sync. Even better, you can use Google Sync with any type of computer or smartphone.

How to Set up Google Sync

This feature lets you sync all of your Google services, including Gmail, Contacts, Calendar, and yes, Chrome. You can access your web browsing history and important bookmarks across all your devices.

When you turn on Google Sync, you can:

  • Access your bookmarks from any device.
  • See your browsing history and any open windows.
  • Access to the same passwords, auto-fill information, settings, and preferences across devices.
  1. If you haven't already, you'll need to set up a Google Account and download Chrome to your device.

  2. Sign in to your Google account.

  3. Open Chrome on your computer. Do not use Incognito mode.

  4. At the top right of your Chrome browser, select Profile.

  5. Then, select Turn on sync. Your open web pages and bookmarks are now synced to the same Google account on your smartphone. Open the Chrome app to view.

    Where to turn on Google Sync

To see your open web pages, go to Recent tabs under your phone's Chrome app menu. To see all of your bookmarks, go to Bookmarks under the Chrome app menu.

Once Google Sync is active, and you're signed in, you'll also sign in automatically to all of your other Google products. Your information will be perfectly synchronized across all of your devices, allowing you to stay informed and up-to-date.

If You Don't Want to Sync Anymore

If you later decide Google Sync isn't right for you, you can turn it off with the following steps:

  1. On your computer, open up your Chrome browser. Do not use Incognito mode.

  2. At the top right, select your Profile.

  3. Select Syncing is on.

    Syncing is on under Google profile
  4. Select Turn off in the Settings window that appears.

    Turn off sync in Google Settings

A Final Word About Google Sync

Turning off sync won't affect anything. You'll still be able to view and access your browsing history and bookmarks on all of your previously synced devices. But, keep in mind that if you make any new changes (like bookmark an important Google Doc on your laptop), it won't sync to your mobile phone.

In sum, Google Sync makes sharing links and web pages across your different devices simple and easy. You can set it up with a few keystrokes, and it doesn't require you to install any additional Chrome extensions.