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How to share Chrome tabs between PC and Android phone

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Chrome lets you sync your tabs, bookmarks, and other settings across devices. You can also share Chrome tabs between your PC and Android phone, which means you can use the same tab on both devices at the same time. Here’s how to do it.

Run chrome on your desktop

When you open a new tab in your desktop browser, click Share at the top-right. Copy and paste that link into Google Now on your phone. Your desktop browser will stay synced with your phone for as long as you keep it open in that window. If you want to stop sharing, just close that tab in your desktop browser. (If it doesn’t shut off automatically after ten minutes.) Google Now will also remember these shared links on its own. So, even if you haven’t opened Chrome on your computer in a while, any links shared from it will show up under On Your Computer in Google Now’s side menu, where they’ll stay until you manually delete them or clear them out of Google’s history.

Sign in using your Google account

Let’s start by saying that you don’t have to do any of these steps if you’re happy with just using your Chromebook. However, if you own a Chromebook and an Android phone, or plan on getting one in the future, then you might want a more seamless experience than jumping back and forth from device to device. This is particularly useful for multi-taskers: by signing into your Google account on your devices (and signing into Chrome), you can easily swap from working on your phone to browsing a recipe on your laptop at home…and back again—without losing any tabs along the way.

Open the Chrome App on your Android Phone

The first thing you need to do is install Google’s free Chrome browser app on your Android phone. You can get it from here. Once installed, open up a new tab within Chrome on your PC, then select Cast entire desktop (beta) from under the three-dot menu in your upper right corner. A drop-down menu will appear. Select Ask what to cast under Devices. Once selected, select Google Cast > Chromecast Audio > Mirror Entire Desktop. A window will appear asking if you want to mirror your entire desktop or just individual applications, select Entire Screen, then hit Continue. Your entire computer screen should now be on your TV via Chromecast Audio!

Run chrome on your mobile device

Google’s Chromecast streams video content from a supported computer (Windows, Mac, or Linux) to your TV. But if you don’t want your friends crowding around your laptop screen every time you decide to watch something new, you can also beam it wirelessly from your desktop straight to an Android phone or tablet. To do so, simply load up a tab on Google’s Chrome browser that has supported content on it (like YouTube), then tap its menu button (three vertical dots) and choose Cast Tab. Then pick which device you want it playing on—either select your computer directly via its IP address (if connected locally), or browse for nearby devices on your network.

Download the app from Google Play

You can use Chromecast to stream your mobile device’s screen. If you’re new to using Chromecast, you might have some questions about sharing your device’s screen. Here are answers to some common questions: How do I connect my computer or mobile device? What should I do if I don’t see my computer or mobile device on my TV? How can I take screenshots on my Windows computer or mobile device that appear on my TV? How can I mirror an iOS screen on Chromecast? Is it possible for two people watching different things in separate windows on a single PC or Android smartphone/tablet to stream them both at once?

Share Chrome tabs with your Mobile Device

If you’re sitting at your desk or on your couch, why not have your mobile device display exactly what’s on your laptop screen? It might sound weird, but it’s easy—just enable Chrome’s built-in screen sharing. If you want to do it from an Android device, just download a free app called Chrome Remote Desktop from Google Play. For now, it works only with PCs running Windows 7 or later, but Mac support is coming soon.

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