Google Wants to Make it Easier to Send Tabs to Yourself

You can try out the new function in the latest in-development version of Canary

Google is improving Chrome's "Send Tab to Self" function, which you can try out for yourself through the latest in-development build of Canary.

Reddit user Leopeva64 spotted the change tucked away in the latest developer build of Canary. If you use Canary, you can enable Send Tab to Self 2.0 by typing or pasting chrome://flags/#send-tab-to-self-v2 into the bar at the top, then setting it to Enabled. This changes the way tabs are shared across platforms, replacing system notifications with a small icon that will appear next to the address bar.

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As Android Police points out, the move away from notifications is far less intrusive as it takes system pop-ups out of the process entirely. It also works independently of your system notification settings, so even if notifications are disabled for Chrome the new sharing function will still work. Additionally, this prevents the shared tab from being hidden under other notifications that may appear—keeping the information set to the side and safe until you decide to pull it up.

Send Tab to Self 2.0 also is coming to Chrome's mobile browser, though the functionality is slightly different compared to the desktop. The mobile version still uses notifications, however, they're tied to the app and won't pop up until you open Chrome on your device. Once the notification bar appears, you'll have a few seconds to tap in before it disappears.

You can download Canary to test out Send Tab to Self 2.0, but be aware that it's primarily intended as a testbed for Google and third-party developers, and is not meant for day-to-day use.

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