Google has launched a beta edition of their world acclaimed web browser that can be installed on Ice Cream Sandwich devices and in this article you will find instructions on how to successfully sync tabs between your Chrome desktop and the Chrome Beta that is installed on your Android.
This feature that allows you to sync tabs between the desktop and smartphone edition of Chrome is great and if you didn’t know about it until now, then you should continue reading this guide as you will learn exciting things about it and how it will improve your Chrome experience.
As you might know, the Android version of Chrome has been eagerly awaited by millions of users worldwide and when it was finally released, the vast majority of them remained disappointed because it could only be installed on ICS devices. Now, if you’re a ICS user and your device features the Chrome Beta installed and you wish to learn how to easily sync your opened tabs from Android with the desktop version and back, then you should know that you need for both programs to be running their latest versions and only then you can continue reading the rest of the info listed in this post.
So, if you have updated both, Chrome desktop and Chrome beta for Android to their latest editions, you can start reading the instructions listed in the tutorial guide below and learn how to successfully sync tabs between your smartphone and desktop browsers fast and easy. Here’s how to do it:
- Sing in to both applications using your own Google account. In Android you are directly asked to sign into the first time you opened the app, while for the desktop version you need to go to Preferences and then Personal Stuff and enter the same account you’ve entered into Android Chrome.
- Open the Chrome desktop version on your PC.
- Open ‘Preferences’ tab and when this menu loads you need to select ‘Personal stuff’.
- Under the ‘Sign In’ text you should see a button that says ‘Advanced’. Click it.
- Here you need to make sure that the ‘Open Tabs’ option box is enabled. Those of you that have already selected the ‘Sync everything’ option from the Advanced menu can skip this step, but those that are manually syncing their browser they need to tick the ‘Open Tab’ option.
- That should do it. Move to the next part of this tutorial guide.
Now that you’ve successfully configured the Chrome desktop you need to learn how to open the tabs from your Chrome desktop on to your Android smartphone. Here’s how to do it:
Launch Chrome for Android and there are two ways that you can use to view the tabs opened on your Android phone.
First method is by dropping down the menu and selecting the ‘Other devices’ options.
Alternatively you can choose to click/ tap the folder icon listed in the lower right hand corner of your phone.
Whatever method you select it will bring you to a screen where you can view all the tabs you’ve opened on your Chrome desktop and, if you configured multiple devices then you should see a section for each device/ desktop. Tab the tab you wish to view on your Android phone and that should do it. Now you’re able to sync and open tabs between your smartphone and desktop computer.
If you wish to remove any device from syncing tabs, then you simply long press the device’s name on your phone and select Remove. For the moment the syncing between Chrome for computers and Android can only be synced on the latter one, while the feature that permits users to sync from Android to Desktop hasn’t been added but hopefully this will be added in a future release of Chrome for Android.
If you have any extra questions regarding Chrome desktop or Chrome Beta for Android then you should leave us a comment at the end of this article.
UPDATE: There is a method that allows you sync Chrome beta TABS from your phone to your desktop. Do it by opening Chrome on your PC and in the address bar you need to enter the following line: chrome://sessions/
A list with all the Chrome sessions will be displayed and these contain all the open tabs in all those sessions. In case the Android smartphone isn’t the first to appear then you need to refresh the page a couple of times as it will open up eventually. Sync them and that should do it.