How to use Google Chrome to Phone extension

Chrome to Phone is a Chrome browser extension that allows PC users to send links to their Android phones. It works in conjunction with the Android app and is simple to set up. We'll show you how.

Chrome to Phone is a Chrome browser extension that allows PC users to send links to their Android phones. It works in conjunction with the Android app of the same name and is simple to set up. CNET associate editor Seth Rosenblatt, recently provided an overview of Chrome to Phone. We'll show you how to set it up, step by step.


Install Chrome browser extension

Step 1:
Using the Chrome browser, go to the Chrome Web store and search for "Chrome to Phone" or go to it directly. Once you've found the extension, click on the Install link.

Chrome to Phone Install (PC)
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 2:
Once the extension has been successfully installed, you'll see the following message:

Chrome PC extension installed
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Now, left-click on the Chrome to Phone extension button, located at the end of the Chrome address bar, and select "sign in."

Chrome to PC Sign In
Screenshot by Ed Rhee
After entering your username and password, click on the Allow button to allow your Google account to use the extension. Your Chrome browser is now configured but we still have to install the Android app.

Install Android App

Step 1:
Either search the Android market on your phone for "Chrome to Phone" or use the QR code below to install the app to your phone.

Chrome to Phone for Android QR Code
Chrome to Phone QR Code Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 2:
Launch the Chrome to Phone app and click Next to get to the account screen. Here, select the Google account you want to use and click Next again.

Chrome to Phone Android Select Account
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 3:
Set your phone to either launch links automatically or let you launch them manually. After you've made your selection, click Next, then Finish.

Chrome to Phone Link Preference
Screenshot by Ed Rhee


Using Chrome to Phone

Step 1:
To send a link to your phone from Chrome, just click on the Chrome to Phone extension button. You can send Web links, Google Maps links, YouTube links, select text, or a phone number. Upon successful transmission, you will see a confirmation message.

Chrome to Phone Sent
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 2:
Once your phone receives the link, you will get an alert notification in the notification bar. If you configured Chrome to Phone to automatically open links, your phone will automatically launch the proper app to open the link. Otherwise, you'll have to drag the notification bar down and select the link manually.

Chrome to Phone Link Notification
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

FoxToPhone

Firefox users can get the same functionality out of a Firefox extension called FoxToPhone. It's based off of Chrome to Phone and even uses the Chrome to Phone Android app.


 

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