Jul 06 AT 9:23 PM Anthony Domanico 52 Comments

Google Chrome to Phone: Most overlooked Froyo feature

Back in May, Google announced the imminent release of Android 2.2, codenamed Froyo, to great fanfare. Froyo brought with it JIT compiler that gives increased speed to the Android platform and applications, updates to the Google search bar and launcher, built in tethering, support for installing apps on the SD card, and all kinds of other tweaks and improvements.

Though these features are awesome in and of themselves, one Froyo benfit that has been somewhat overlooked is the Chrome to Phone application and Chrome extension. Chrome to Phone  is one of the most useful Android features I have come across, and it’s a really simple idea that provides the ability to have a continuous stream of information no matter where we happen to go.

Chrome to Phone is a simple combination of a Chrome extension and Android application that allows you to click one button in your browser, and sync what you were viewing right to your Android phone to be check out at a later time.

Reading a news article but need to head out the door to drive to work? Simply click the Chrome to Phone button on your Chrome browser, launch the Chrome to Phone application on your Android device at work, and it immediately takes you to the webpage you were viewing at home so you can pick up right where you left off. I use this feature all the time, and assume many of you would as well.

Setting up Chrome to Phone (Google Chrome and Firefox):

  1. Head over to the Google Chrome to Phone Download Site
  2. Download and install the chrometophone-extension-v0.3.crx file (for Google Chrome) or the following Firefox extension: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/161941/
  3. Download and install the chrometophone-android.apk Android application
  4. Launch the Chrome to Phone application from your Android phone and click the Register Device button
  5. Launch the Chrome to Phone Chrome Extension in your Chrome browser and enter your Google username and password
  6. Start sending stuff!

Fairly simple set-up for an immensely useful, must-have Froyo feature that could easily be used very frequently. Already on Android 2.2 and use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox? What are you waiting for? Go and install Chrome to Phone now!

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  • http://Website TheBigCheese

    Wow, that seems extremely useful.

    Why must it take 2 days for my new Nexus One to ship?!

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      2 days? Did you get the AT&T or T-Mobile version?

  • resnasty

    been using this since i grabbed froyo… but recently I’m getting an error, saying grab the latest version… which i then proceed to do.. but it doesnt seem to resolve anything…

    love(d) this feature though.

    • http://twitter.com/jasonsalas Jason Salas

      are you running a Google Apps-enabled domain? that might be it.

    • http://Website Newt

      go back to the chrome to phone and update to the newest version and prob should b fixed i think its on version .3 something like that

    • gpmoo7

      I had the same problem. You need to completely removed the chrome extension and then re-install it from the website. That worked for me.

  • http://www.twitter.com/reignzone Reignzone

    This feature makes me envy those of you with the Nexus One.
    Not to mention, my HD2 is glancing out the Window(s) “green” with envy. No pun intended, or reference to Android… that was merely ironic. :-)

    I don’t think I’ve ever come to truly appreciate the Android OS as much as I have recently. I’m an idiot for ever leaving this community behind.

    • http://Website Joeskie

      no argument there. You are an idiot not so much for leaving android but for leaving anything to go to windows mobile. were you drunk at the time?

      • http://Website Darrin

        Calling yourself an idiot is fine. Calling someone else an idiot is idiotic.

        • the wise man

          i see you are calling yourself an idiot as well.

  • http://Website JD

    I have to say this is another Google’s scheme to tie people to Google’s service. Sadly, chrome is my first choice when it comes to browser so I just became one tie tighter on Google’s service.

    • Narhem

      since theres also an add-on for Firefox….. and if your not using chrome or Firefox what are you using IE? lol don’t make me laugh.

    • http://Website jose soto

      You are the only one that made a comment that was really true,and they hide it with the lame excuse of no views.google is worst than microsoft…

  • http://Website Cootang2

    It work with google map(website) perfectly!!!
    Searching the location or direction on my computer, then send to phone. Then drive!!!

  • http://twitter.com/jasonsalas Jason Salas

    This is an insanely cool feature (it also works in sending maps to your phone). The only thing I don’t dig about this is that it doesn’t work for Google Apps-enabled domains, which I have.

    • http://Website Mez

      Erm, it works perfectly for me; and I’m using a Gapps domain.

  • http://Website Jesse

    I use it the most for slinging webpagees to my phone when I’m headed to the crapper.

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      Another very useful way to utilize ChrometoPhone!

      • http://Website Hogan

        ChromeToPhoneToCan?

  • jdschrock

    Hey were’s the IE browser extension? XD

  • http://www.absolutelyandroid.com QMan

    I used this daily when on vacation last week. For everything from Maps/Directions to articles that I wanted to read after i reached my destination.
    Firefox has this as well at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/161941/
    I have used it on both Chrome and Firefox and love this option.

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      Lol, I have to start reading names on these things. Thanks for reading my crap, amigo. ;)

  • http://Website Joseph Johnson

    Wow.. I love this with my ATT N1 (2.2). Now google just need to get it so we can do music and pics then all will be good in Android land.. WEEeeeee.

    • http://Website newt

      try mspot for music, you can freely upload i think 2 gb which can be accessed on ur phone by streaming

  • http://Website joey

    I use this all the time at work. When I run into a site that is blocked ( like androidandme )I just hit the button to read on. Its great.

    I hope to see phone to chrome soon too. That would just take the cake.

  • http://Website del4

    So this really requires 2.2? Bummer!

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      If you search hard enough, there’s a “workaround” for 2.1, requires different app and extension, but works.

  • http://Website Jack

    This is literally my most anticipated feature/app on my froyo NexusOne, but it uses https over appspot which is blocked in China, Big Bummer, I have to scale GFW on both my computer and my phone in order to pair them and use the push… :’(

  • http://Website Brad Hutchings

    Thank you for reminding us and posting this. This is just amazing!!! Thank you again. So so so so so useful.

  • http://Website mapin

    I hope a Safari plugin comes soon ! I don’t really want to switch browsers just for this when I’m happy with Safari (on a Mac).

  • Killa

    I don’t have a N1 so I haven’t experienced this but it sounds cool. I agree with what joey said about phone to chrome.

    A little off subject, where’s Google Chrome browser for android?

  • http://spesknight.blogspot.com Massimo Sernesi

    I use Android 2.1 and Read It Later plugin for Dolphin, it basically does the same thing thanks to Paperdroid (that downloads the articles you added to your reading list), and is 2-way, you cand add to your reading list an article you are viewing in your phone and read it on your pc (with a bigger screen ;)
    It is asynchronous, but what’s the matter? If I’m reading an article on the pc why would I want it immediately onmy phone?
    Anyway Chrome to Phone is still useful for map addresses…

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      Again, I use it a lot for when I’m heading out the door to work. I read it on my phone either in the car (shame on me) or when I get to work (because I don’t want to read things on my PC at work since our IT department blocks tons of stuff and monitors our usage. Guy got fired for excessive internet use a couple of months ago.

  • http://www.jedimoose.org mrben

    For those without the Froyo joy, LinkPush is a similar extension/app combination. It doesn’t do as much – it just copies the URL to your phone, and it requires you to open the app when you want to call up the link – but it is pretty handy.

    http://linkpush.appspot.com/

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      Thanks for posting this. I didn’t want to go into details on LinkPush in the GoogleToChrome article, though I did mention in the comments that folks could find workarounds pretty easily. ;)

  • http://Website lolobabes

    have been getting error lately even with the latest versions

  • http://Website Miguel

    Chrome to Phone is great. I’ve been using it on my Nexus One for a month. It does have issues though, and is still lacking some key features. There are several threads over at the code site http://code.google.com/p/chrometophone/issues/list Some of the key issues are:

    -Requiring the user to uninstall the extension from Chrome and reinstall the newer version. Otherwise you’ll see two Chrome to phone icons on your toolbar. It should just install the new version over the old version.

    - When the link appears on your phone, it will stay in your notification bar only until you clear it. Once you clear it, it’s gone forever. There is no way to view a history of your Chrome to Phone links on your phone. I accidentally cleared a bunch the other day when I sent a bunch of maps to myself before a trip.

    It is also worth noting that Chrome to Phone is not available in the Apps Market. i don’t understand why not.

    This means that Android phones on AT&T, which cannot install non-Market apps, cannot use Chrome to Phone. They also cannot use Google Secrets, another Google Inc. app that is not in the Market, but is great.

  • http://Website worldbfree4me

    “Linkpush” does the same thing for those of us still running 2 month old 2.1

  • http://Website fmontes

    When i try to install the chrometophone-android.apk i get this error:

    Parse error:
    There is a problem parsing the package

    Anyone?

    • http://Website Robert Cox

      I too get the same error. I have a Verizon Droid Eris so I had the push from 2.1 to 2.2 about 2 months ago. Don’t know if that has anything to do with it, but I get the same parse error.

  • http://Website Billy

    Now we need a Phone-to-Chrome! Anybody know if one is coming? It only makes sense!

  • karrob

    It works great! :-)

  • http://Website Ariel

    Mmm can’t wait to try this on my EVO!

  • http://www.twitter.com/tdh004 tdh

    I love this feature and have used it basically since I/O. My only wish/want would for it to go both ways.

    I’ve had a few times I was out & about, found an article, then had to headed home, or go back to work. Well now that I would be sitting at a monitor, send that same article from my phone to my desktop with out having to send an email.

    Not a huge problem to send the link in an email, but a nice option to then send from Android to Chrome would be nice and I’d use that just as much!

  • http://Website iSuriv
  • http://Website eddie

    I think this app and all apps for android and I phone stink like rotten eggs all the hype is garbage when it comes to viewing the internet windows phones could view more content than these piles of junk years ago let me know when the phone giants quit playing with us and let us have full internet content until then all is as useless as befor

  • http://facebook ferry

    Good

  • http://Website stephen

    Comment

  • http://Website Christopher J Platt

    I was looking for an Android Chrome browser. It seems to me that you do not have this for HTC Desire HD phone. I am using as I am sure you are aware Dolphin browser on my phone.
    Would you confirm that Chrome is not for android unless of course there is a Chrome browser or another browser I can use.

  • http://filmy-polskie.blogspot.com/ Asiulka19

    Bardzo interesujÄ…cy wpis zapraszam do odwiedzenia mojej strony :).

  • http://Website newt

    no it sends u a notification with the link, then you have a choice to select it or clear it when u select it you can open it to a browser of choice

  • http://Website Dan

    Awesome then!