How to Connect a Phone to Chromebook Using Phone Hub

Easily switch between your Android and Chromebook

What to Know

  • Enable Bluetooth on both devices, select the Phone icon in the taskbar, then select Get Started to set up Phone Hub.
  • Once connected, select the Phone icon to bring up the Phone Hub. Select the Settings gear for more options.
  • To quickly transfer files using the Files app, connect your devices with a USB cable and allow access to your phone's internal storage.

This article explains how to connect a phone to a Chromebook using the Phone Hub. The instructions apply to phones running Android 5.1 and higher.

How Do I Connect My Android Phone to My Chromebook?

You can connect your devices via Bluetooth or a USB cable. If you want to see your notifications, messages, and other information about your phone on your Chromebook, you must use Bluetooth to set up Phone Hub.

How Do I Connect My Phone to My Chromebook via Bluetooth?

Follow these steps to set up Phone Hub so you can access your Android phone on your Chromebook:

  1. On your Android device, swipe down from the top of the screen and make sure Bluetooth is enabled in the quick settings menu.

  2. On your Chromebook, select the time in the lower-right corner of the screen, then make sure Bluetooth is enabled.

    Chromebook taskbar with Bluetooth On highlighted

    If the bottom taskbar is hidden, tap or click the bottom of the screen to bring it up.

  3. Select the Phone icon in the taskbar.

    Phone icon highlighted on Chromebook taskbar
  4. Select Get Started in the pop-up window.

    Get Started highlighted in Chromebook Phone Hub
  5. Under Device detected, make sure your phone is selected, then select Accept & continue.

    Device Detected and Accept and Continue highlighted in the Chromebook Connect to Your Phone screen

    If your Chromebook is administered by your work or school, you may not have the option to connect your phone.

  6. Enter your Google account password.

    Your Chromebook and Android must be linked to the same Google Account.

  7. Select Done. Your Android phone is now connected to your Chromebook.

    Done highlighted in the Chromebook Connect to Your Phone screen
  8. Select the Phone icon in the taskbar to bring up the Phone Hub. If you don't see your phone's information, tap Settings (gear icon).

    Settings Gear highlighted in the Chromebook Phone Hub
  9. Select Phone Hub to enable it. From here, you can enable other features like Smart Lock, Instant Tethering, Notifications, and Messages.

    Phone Hub toggle highlighted in Chromebook Connected Devices Settings

    To unlink your phone and your Chromebook, go to Settings > Connected devices, choose your Android, then select Forget phone.

Can I Connect My Phone to My Chromebook via USB?

You can quickly transfer files between your Chromebook and your Android using a USB cable, but you can't take advantage of Phone Hub features this way. When you make the connection, select the pop-up notification on your phone to allow access to your internal storage.

The Files app will open to show your phone's internal storage. If it doesn't appear automatically, open the Files app and select your Android's model number in the left sidebar. From here, you can click-and-drag or copy-and-paste files between folders on both devices. If your phone has an SD card, it'll have its own folder.

Galaxy phone folder in Chromebook File app

How to Use Phone Hub

Select the Phone icon in the bottom taskbar to bring up the Phone Hub. From the Phone Hub, you'll see your Android's signal strength and battery life as well as any Google Chrome tabs you have open.

You can also enable a hotspot, silence or unmute your phone, and set up features like Notifications and Locate phone (if your device supports it). Select the Setting gear to see more features like Smart Lock, Instant Tethering, and Messages.

Phone Hub with Settings Gear highlighted

You can use Phone Hub when features when your Chromebook is offline, but your devices must be connected via Bluetooth.

Why Can't I Connect My Phone to My Chromebook?

Here are some reasons why your Chromebook won't connect to your phone and some potential solutions:

  • The Bluetooth connection can't be established. Move the devices closer together, then enable Bluetooth for both devices.
  • Your version of Chrome OS is outdated, so you need to manually update your Chromebook.
  • There could be a temporary technical hiccup, which can usually be fixed by restarting both devices.
  • If connecting via USB, there could be a problem with the cable, so try a different one.
FAQ
  • How do you connect AirPods to a Chromebook?

    To connect AirPods to a Chromebook, on your Chromebook screen, select Menu > Bluetooth and enable Bluetooth. Have your AirPods and their charging case nearby; the AirPods should automatically appear on the Chromebook's Bluetooth list. On the Chromebook, go to the Bluetooth Available Devices list and select the AirPods.

  • How do I connect an iPhone to a Chromebook?

    While you won't be able to use Phone Hub with an iPhone and a Chromebook, it's possible to connect an iPhone to a Chromebook via a USB lightning cable. This would be helpful for a task like transferring photos. After you connect the devices, tap Allow on your iPhone to give access. You'll see Apple iPhone on your Chromebook's left plane, and you'll be able to access photos and videos.

  • How do I connect a printer to a Chromebook?

    To connect a printer to a Chromebook, select the time in the Chromebook's taskbar, then select Settings (gear icon). Go to Advanced > Printing > Printers and select Add a Printer. For a wired connection, you'd connect the printer to your Chromebook via a USB cable. To print wirelessly, you'd connect your printer to Wi-Fi.

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