How to Use Your iPhone to See the Chrome Tabs Open on Your Mac

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Ever leave a tab open at home before work, and then want to find it again later from your iPhone? I do all the time! The Google Chrome iPhone app lets you see the tabs you left open on your computer and open them on your iPhone. Just enable Chrome Sync in the Chrome settings menu, then tap the tabs icon at the bottom of your Chrome browser, and you'll find a desktop icon on your tabs list that will show you all the tabs open on other devices. Being able to switch from one device to another with minimal effort is a huge advantage. Here's how to view your computer's open Chrome tabs, Chrome bookmarks, and more on your iPhone.

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First you will need to enable Chrome Sync:

  1. Be sure that you are signed into your Google account in the Chrome browser on your computer before trying to sync with your other devices.
  2. Open the iOS Chrome app.
  3. Sign in to Chrome with your Google Account username and password (ie. your Gmail login).


     
  4. Once you're signed in, tap the More tab (the three dots) at the bottom right.
  5. Tap Settings.


     
  6. Tap on Sync and Google Services.
  7. Tap on Sync Your Chrome Data to toggle it on.


     
  8. Tap Manage Sync
  9. Under Data Types, tap Sync Everything so all your information is available.


     
  10. If you want only certain things to be synced, deselect Sync Everything and choose what you want to have available.

Now you can easily switch devices and still access all your Chrome information! Here's how: 

  1. Open Chrome and tap the Tabs icon in the bottom right.
  2. Tap the Desktop tab in the top.

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  3. You'll see a list of devices associated with your Chrome account, and the tabs open on each of them. You can expand or contract the list.
  4. Tap a web page to open it, or tap Done to go back.

    chrome sync tabstabs that are currently open in chrome on one of your devices.

Now you can seamlessly use your iPhone to open the tabs you left open on your laptop!

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Hallei is a 2018 graduate of Maharishi University of Management with a BFA in Creative & Professional Writing. She's currently working on a novel about people using witchcraft to clean their houses.