Beam a Web page from a Mac to an iOS device with Web2Go

Take that Web site to go. With Web2Go, you can beam the Web page you are viewing on your Mac to your iPhone or iPad.

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Are you reading this blog post on a Mac? Would you like to continue reading it on your iPhone or iPad? With Web2Go, you can beam it straight to Safari on your iOS device. Here's how it works:

First, install the 99-cent Web2Go app for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch; it's a universal app. Next, head to the Mac App Store and install the free Web2Go companion app for your Mac.

Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET

Once you have both apps installed and have Web2Go on your Mac running in the background (it opens a small icon in your Mac's menu bar when running), open Web2Go on your iPhone or iPad. If both your Mac and iPhone or iPad are on the same Wi-Fi network, the iOS app when launched will automatically detect your Mac. You'll see a button that lists the title of the Web page you are currently viewing on your Mac with the name of your Mac below. Tap the button and Web2Go will open that page in Safari. Sometimes when you launch the iOS app, it opens ever so briefly before whisking you away to Safari, saving you the step of having to tap the button.

The iOS app lists only the current tab you are viewing. There is room on the screen, however, for it to list additional tabs or windows, but such functionality, sadly, is not offered.

Web2Go can make the connection only when your Mac and iOS device are on the same Wi-Fi network. Of course, you can always beam a Web page to your iPhone and open it in Safari on your Wi-Fi network before heading out, allowing you to finish the article when you are outside your network.

Web2Go supports Chrome, Firefox, and Safari on your Mac. I did notice some odd behavior on my Mac when I had the app open on my iPhone. With multiple browsers open, it would leave Firefox -- my default browser -- always on top. Simply closing the app on my iPhone stopped the behavior on my Mac.

Screenshot by Matt Elliott/CNET

Lastly, you can use the Web2Go Mac app to password-protect the iOS app. Click on the Web2Go icon in your menu bar and choose Set Password from the menu. Then, you'll need to enter this password after tapping the button in the iOS app to open a page in Safari.

(Via AddictiveTips)