Tip: Synchronize your browser tabs across devices

Synchronize browser tabs across devices

It would be great if there was a way to synchronize browser content from one device to another. With Chrome, there is.

As a web developer (and internet user), I consume a lot of information online — from development solutions to product reviews to current events. It’s not uncommon to have 5-10 tabs open at any given time. Not just in one browser, however. On browsers across multiple devices. Between my MacBook, iPad, and iPhone, I’m buried in tabs.

I regularly find myself wanting to skim that article I opened on my iPad or iPhone while I’m on my laptop. Fortunately, Chrome provides a relatively easy solution to this problem.

Step 1: Sync your devices

  1. Sign into Chrome on each device.
  2. Click the More More link.
  3. Click Settings
  4. Select which items to sync
    • From a computer (desktop/laptop) browser, click ‘Advanced Sync Settings’ under the Sign-in section, and select which items to sync (or select everything).
    • From a mobile device (tablet/phone), tap your account name, tap Sync, and select which items to sync (or select everything).

Step 2: Open content from another device.

  • If you’re using your computer (desktop/laptop), either select More More > History, or a simply type Cmd-Y. This will open up your history in a separate tab (more tabs!), displaying content from your other devices at the top of the browser.
  • If you’re using a mobile device (tablet, iPhone, Android phone), select More More > New Tab. At the bottom of the page, select Recent Tabs, and you’ll see content from your other devices.

That’s all there is to it. Now if only I could figure out how to manage my tabs more effectively