How to send links from Android device to computer browser

Whether you’re in transit, waiting in line at the DMV, or between appointments, mobile browsing can be a sanity saver. It’s not all disposable entertainment, of course, as sometimes you stumble onto a page you want to investigate later on your laptop or desktop machine. It’s not that hard to e-mail yourself a link and open it later, or saving it in Google keep, even using Pushbullet but there’s a better way. 2Cloud lets you send links directly to the Chrome browser running on a particular machine, saving you time and making you more likely to actually follow up. Here’s how to get started.

This app has been featured in our most innovative android apps collection.

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Install the 2Cloud app on your Android device and the extension on the Chrome browser on the machine you want use to view saved pages. The Chrome installation sends you to a setup page that is a breeze to click through and it ends with a QR code for the app, so you may want to start with the Chrome installation. (You can set up multiple machines, but each time you share, it only goes to one of them.)

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Once the app and extension are set up, it’s painless to send pages to Chrome. When you’ve found something you have to see on a larger screen or look into more deeply, just select share from any app or your phone browser then select the alphabetically convenient “2cloud.”

If what you shared was a link to a webpage, a new page pops up on your chrome browser on the desktop; most users can just click “Send” and wait a bit for the link to find its way to the right machine. If you’ve got more than one computer running Chrome, you can set up each one with a different name and choose which gets the link each time you share.

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It has taken anywhere from a second to a few seconds to for pages to pop up in my browser as a new, focused tab in my most recently highlighted Chrome window. If you’re on the go, your shared tabs will either be open when you return or will come up when you start Chrome next. What i like about this app is the links you share open automatically unlike pushbullet where you have to open them. Also, you wouldn’t want to use pushbullet if all you want is an easy and convenient way to view a link from your phone on your PC.

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