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

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Ever leave a Chrome tab open at home before work, and then want to find it again later from your iPhone? If you've ever wondered, "how do I open my tabs in Chrome on another device?" then you're in luck. 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 your Mac to your iPhone 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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How to Enable Chrome Sync between Your iPhone & Mac

  1. Be sure that you are signed in to your Google account in the Chrome browser on your computer before trying to sync with your other devices.
  2. Once you're signed in, tap your profile icon at the upper-right corner of your browser window. 
  3. Tap Turn on sync.

    turn on sync for google chrome
  4. Tap Yes I'm In to sync all Chrome data from your computer, or Settings to choose what you'd like to sync.

    tap yes i'm in to sync data
  5. Open the iOS Chrome app.
  6. Sign in to the Chrome app with the same Google Account username and password (your Gmail login) that you used to sign in on your computer.

  7. If this is the first time you've signed into the Chrome app, you'll have the opportunity to tap Yes, I'm In to sync your passwords, history, and more on all devices where you're signed in with the same username and password. 
  8. If you don't want to sync all your passwords and data, tap the More tab (the three dots) at the bottom right.

    turn on google chrome synctap the three dots at the lower right of the screen
  9. Tap Settings.
  10. Tap Sync and Google Services.

  11. Toggle on Sync Your Chrome Data.
  12. Tap Manage Sync

    scnc your chrome data in chrome appmanage chrome history and data sync
  13. Under Data Types, toggle on Sync Everything, so all your information is available.
  14. If you want only certain things to be synced, toggle off Sync Everything and toggle on only what you want to have available.


How to Open the Same Chrome Tabs on Your iPhone & Mac

Now that you've enabled Chrome sync between your iPhone and Mac, you can easily switch devices and still access all your Chrome information. Here's how: 

  1. Open the Chrome app and tap the Tabs icon on the bottom right.
  2. Tap the Desktop icon at the top.

    chrome send to iphonetap the desktop icon
  3. You'll see your Recently Closed URLs and the Mac you're signed in on that are synced. 
  4. Tap the arrow to the right of Recently Closed and Show Full History appears. 

    tap the arrow to the right of recently closedtap the arrow to the right of recently closed
  5. Tap Show Full History to see your Chrome browser history on your synced devices.
  6. You can delete your browsing history by tapping Clear Browsing Data, or tap Edit and delete individual URLs. 
  7. To see the browser history from your synced Mac, tap the arrow to the right of its name.

    edit or clear your browsing datatap the arrow to see urls visited by your synced mac
  8. Tap a web page to open it, or tap Done to go back.

Now you can seamlessly use your iPhone to open the tabs you left open on your laptop! If you're considering trying out a new browser, reach this Safari vs. Chrome article to see if Safari is a better fit for your needs!

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Hallei Halter

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.