How to Share Chrome Tabs Between Mobile and Desktop

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Easily switch between your phone and computer tabs

Sharing Chrome tabs between your phone and computer is a convenient way to continue browsing a webpage on another device. This is a great way to tell if you’re a Chromebook enthusiast reading an article or just having trouble viewing a page on your phone.

Luckily, you can easily share Chrome tabs from your desktop to mobile and vice versa. There are several ways to do this, so try each to see what works best for you. All of these methods share the tab instantly between devices. If you’re looking to open a tab you opened earlier today, you’ll need to access Chrome’s History menu.

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Before you start sharing Chrome tabs

Make sure you’re signed in to the same Google account on all your devices; otherwise, you won’t see your device when you share a tab. If you plan to share tabs between more than two devices, take a moment to name them appropriately. Otherwise, you’ll spend a while wondering if your laptop is DESKTOP-9KDM3 or DESKTOP-10DM91.

How to share Chrome tabs from your phone to your desktop

There are two options for sharing tabs from your phone to your desktop. You can also use this method to share a URL with a contact or copy it for later.

  1. Press the three dot menu at the top right of your screen.
  2. Faucet To share.
  3. Faucet Send to your devices.
  4. Tap the destination device.
  5. Faucet Open in a new tab on the pop-up window.

Share by tapping the URL

This method will allow you to access the Share menu without accessing the Chrome Settings menu.

  1. Tap the URL box at the top of your screen.
  2. Press the Share button (three dots connected by two lines to the right of the URL).

How to share Chrome tabs from your desktop to your phone

If you want to share a Chrome tab that isn’t currently open, jump straight to Open Chrome Tabs via History.

Right click on tab/url/page

This is the fastest and easiest method.

  1. Click it To share button to the right of your address bar.
  2. Click on Send to your devices.
  3. Click on the destination device.
  4. Chrome will now send a notification to your phone with the URL.
  5. Tap this notification to open the tab.

Scan the QR code of the tab

Although this method is more cumbersome, you can print it out for future reference.

  1. Click it To share button to the right of your address bar.
  2. Click on QR Code.
  3. Click on To download to upload an image of the code.
  4. Open the camera app on your phone.
  5. View the QR code through your camera.
  6. Tap the pop-up window to open the tab.

Open Chrome Tabs via History

Chrome Browser History combines results from all devices logged in with the same account. So if you want to find something you opened earlier, you can access it from any device. Although not technically a method of sharing tabs, it is an effective way to find a site you accessed on another device.

How to Access Other Device History from Chrome Desktop

  1. Click it three dot menu at the top right of your browser.
  2. Hover your mouse over it Story to display the History submenu.
  3. Click it Story button.
    • You can also use the shortcut CTRL+H to access this menu.
  4. Click on Tabs from other devices.
  5. Click on the tab you want to open.

How to Access Other Device History from Chrome App

Unfortunately, the Chrome mobile app doesn’t sort your history by device. All browsing history is presented (rather inconveniently) in a list. You will have to do this manually.

  1. Press the three button menu at the top right of your screen.
  2. Press the Story button.
  3. Scroll down to find the tab you are looking for.

Use Chrome on multiple devices like a pro

Sharing tabs is simple. There is no limit to the number of devices you can add; Just make sure you log in with the same account (and give them the appropriate names). If you really want to improve your Chrome techniques, try one of the best tips and tricks for Chrome on the desktop.

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