Send Info to Your Android Phone From Google on Your Computer

Link your phone to Google to send notes and more

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Your computer keyboard is much easier to type on than your smartphone's tiny virtual one, even if you use a phablet. When you're at the desktop, there's no need to pull out your phone to get directions, create an alarm, or generate a note on your phone—just use the browser you're already working in. Then, you can grab your phone and head out the door at the end of the day with the information already set on your phone. 

The secret is using Google's Android Action Cards built into Google Search. After you link your phone to Google, you'll be able to send directions, find your device, send notes, set alarms, and set reminders with a few quick "searches" or instructions you type into the search bar.

Note: The tips below should apply no matter who made your Android phone: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.

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Link Your Phone to Google

Find My Phone with Google Search
Find My Phone with Google Search. Melanie Pinola

To use the Android Action cards, you'll need to set up a few things first:

  1. Update the Google app on your phone. Head over to Google Play on your phone to update it.
  2. Turn on Google Now notifications in the Google app. Go to the Google app, tap the Menu icon in the top left corner, then Settings > Now cards. Toggle on Show Cards or Show Notifications or similar.
  3. Toggle on Web & App Activity on your Google account page
  4. Make sure you're signed into Google with the same account on both your phone's Google app and on on your computer.

With these settings in place, you'll be able to use the search terms in this article to send information from your desktop to your Android phone. 

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Send Directions to Your Phone

Send Directions to Your Phone from Google
Send Directions to Your Phone from Google. Melanie Pinola

Use or the omnibar in Chrome to push information to your phone. Type in Send Directions, for example, in the search box, and Google finds your phone's location and shows a widget to enter a destination. Click the Send directions to my phone link to instantly send that data to your phone. From there, it's just a tap to start the navigation in Google Maps.

Note: While the notification sends directions from your phone's current location to the destination, you can change the starting location in Google Maps.

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Send a Note to Your Phone

Send a Note to Android from Google Search
Send a Note to Android from Google Search. Melanie Pinola

When there's something you want to jot down for later—an item you need from the grocery store or a useful website someone just shared with you—type in Send a Note on or from the Chrome omnibar, and you'll get a notification on your phone with the note content. Copy the note text to your clipboard or share it to another app, such as your favorite note-taking or to-do app.

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Set an Alarm or a Reminder

Set an Alarm on Android from Google
Set an Alarm on Android from Google. Melanie Pinola

The key to setting an alarm is to search for Set an Alarm, and then set a reminder in Google. The alarm is for the current day only and is set on your phone's default clock app. The reminder is set up with a new Google Now card, which reminds you on your devices when or where you set the reminder.

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Bonus Tips

When your phone is linked, you can type in Find my Phone or Find my Device to locate your phone and ring it. If you need to lock your phone or erase it because it was lost or stolen, tap on the map to get to Android Device Manager.

Note: If you're outside the U.S. and don't see the cards when you enter the phrases mentioned in this article, add &gl=us to the end of the search URL.