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Google has just added some useful features to its cross-platform Chrome browser, so you can easily transfer text, links and even open tabs between your desktop and your Android mobile devices. It’s a piece of cake, but there are some simple things to do before you can start copying stuff.
You must be signed in to the same Google Account and have version 79 of the browser installed on all your devices.
To make sure you have it on Android, go to Google Play, go to My Apps & Games, and update Google Chrome from there. If the application is not listed, it is probably updated automatically.
On your desktop, click the menu button (the one with three dots on a line, near the top right corner), and find Help> About Google Chrome in the menu that appears. On the page that appears, update Chrome and restart the browser.
Then open a new browser tab and navigate to the chrome: // indicators. On the page that appears, you will see a list of experimental features that you can enable and disable. In the search field on this page, enter “Clipboard” and you will find three parameters: “Enable Receiver Device to Manage Shared Clipboard Function”, “Enable Signals from the Shared Clipboard Function”. manage “and” Synchronize clipboard services “.
Set all three to On in the drop down menus next to each of them, then restart your browser.
Activate these indicators in Chrome on your desktop to get started
We also need to enable some Chrome indicators on your Android device. Start Chrome on and follow the same steps (including searching for “clipboard” on the flags page), and enable the following settings: “Enable Receiver Device to Manage the Shared Clipboard Feature” and “Enable shared clipboard functionality signals to be manipulated.
Enable these two indicators on the Chrome Android app
When done, restart your browser.
Now you are ready! Here’s how to copy content between devices:
To send a browser tab from your desktop to your Android device, just right-click the tab at the top of the screen, choose Send to your devices from the pop-up menu that appears, and then click the name of your device (which will be something like “OnePlus 7”).
Send tabs in a few clicks
A notification will appear on your device warning you of an incoming tab. Tap to open the page in your browser.
You can also right-click anywhere on an empty part of the current web page and find the Send to Devices feature.
To send a Chrome tab from your Android device to your desktop, tap the menu button at the top right of the browser, then tap Share and choose Send to your devices (which has a Chrome icon for a button) as the target.
You will then need to select your desktop (or other devices that synchronize with your account), and a pop-up window will appear with the link to that tab on your desktop. Click on it and this will open the page.
To send a link from any web page in your desktop browser to your Android device, simply right-click on a link and choose Send to your devices from the pop-up menu that appears. Select your device from the menu and it will appear as a notification on your device.
To send a link from your Android device to your desktop, long press any link from a webpage and choose Share from the menu that appears. Select Send text to your devices, and choose your desktop. It will arrive as text copied to your clipboard. You will need to paste it into the address bar to open it.
To copy text from a web page from your desktop browser to your Android device, highlight it by clicking and dragging, and then right-click to display the pop-up menu. Choose Copy to your devices, and then select your target device from the list.
The selected text will be available on the clipboard of your mobile device. So you can paste it as you would any other content on your clipboard.
Copy and send text between your devices using the sharing sheet
To copy text from Chrome to Android on your desktop, highlight text on a webpage and tap Share to display the share sheet. Then, tap Send to your devices and select your desktop from the list. The text will be copied to the clipboard of your office. So you can paste it as you would any other content on your clipboard.
This feature also works with other Android apps: just highlight any text you want to copy, tap Share, choose Send text to your devices, and then select your desktop from the list that appears.