How to use bookmarklets in mobile Chrome

Many of the bookmarklets used on your desktop version of Chrome can also be used on your mobile device. Here's the steps you'll need to get started.

Layered tabs in Chrome for Android. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

There are Android apps that come with many features, possibly more features than you need. Or perhaps it's not fully-featured apps you're trying to avoid, but the battery power they require. The more apps you have running in the background, the less battery life you'll see. Here's a trick you can use to skip out on apps that have Chrome bookmarklet counterparts.

This example uses Pocket (formerly Read It Later) to show you how it's done. The Pocket app is actually fantastic -- provided you want access to any queued content on-the-go. If you're just looking for the saving feature, you can do that through your mobile Chrome browser without installing the app.

Step 1: Add the Pocket bookmarklet to your desktop Chrome browser.
You can find the Pocket bookmarklet on their Website by clicking the "Or install the bookmarklet" and then dragging it onto your Chrome toolbar.

Editing the shortcut for the bookmarklet. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 2: Rename the bookmarklet to something that can be easily typed on your mobile device.
This can be done by right-clicking the bookmarklet, choosing Edit, and then entering a string of two or more characters.

Sync history in mobile Chrome. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 3: Make sure that you have syncing enabled on your mobile Chrome browser.
Easily double-check this by opening the sync tab and comparing the tabs listed to the tabs open on your desktop version of Chrome. (Hint for Android: Open a new tab and click the button in the bottom-right corner.)

I chose "stp" to represent "Save to Pocket." Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 4: Log-in to your Pocket account through mobile Chrome.
This will only need to be done once, unless you delete the cache or cookies associated with your mobile Chrome browser.

Step 5: Head to a page you want to save to your Pocket queue, then type the string of characters you set up in Step 2 and select the bookmarklet from the list (there will be a star next to it).

You should see a notification that your Web page has been saved to Pocket.

Although this example works with Pocket, it can also be used with other services -- especially those that save links for later viewing or convert pages to a different format. 

(Via Digital Inspiration)

 

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