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How to Transfer Chrome Tabs Between iPhone, iPad and Mac



Chrome user transferring tabs between iPhone, iPad and Mac
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You can make Chrome the default web browser on your iPhone and iPad and use it as your single browser for all of your Apple devices. Like Safari, you can transfer open tabs between your iPhone, iPad and Mac. Here̵

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How to Transfer Chrome Tabs Between iPhone, iPad and Mac

As long as you’re signed into the same Google account in the Chrome browser for your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, you can easily transfer tabs between all your devices. Make sure the “Sync” feature is turned on.

In Chrome for Mac, click the ‘Profile’ button and make sure ‘Sync is turned on’.

Make sure sync is turned on for Chrome on Mac

On your iPhone or iPad, tap the “Menu” button and choose the “Settings” option.

Go to Settings in Chrome for iPhone and iPad

Check here in ‘Sync and Google services’ if it says ‘Sync is enabled’.

Make sure sync is turned on for Chrome on iPhone and iPad

This action will automatically display all open tabs and devices in your Google account. The process for transferring tabs between your iPhone, iPad and Mac depends on your device.

Transferring tabs from Chrome on Mac to your iPhone and iPad is quite easy.

Open the page you want to submit, then click the URL bar. Select the “Transfer” button here. Choose one of your devices from the drop-down list.

Transfer Tab to iPhone or iPad from Chrome URL Bar on Mac

The tab is transferred to the device. Now open the “Chrome” app on your iPhone or iPad.

You will see a banner saying that you have received a tab from another device. It only stays here for a few seconds, and once it’s gone there’s no way to bring it back. Here, tap the “Open” button to open the tab.

Tap Open banner received by tab

Transferring a tab from iPhone or iPad to Mac (or another iPhone or iPad) is a longer process.

Open the website you want to transfer to another device and tap the “Share” button in the URL bar.

Tap Share button from URL bar

Here choose the option “Send to your devices”.

Tap Send to your devices

You will see all available devices. Choose your device, scroll down and tap the “Send to your device” option.

Choose Device and tap Send to device

If you’ve sent the tab to your Mac, you’ll see a notification about it. Clicking on the notification will open the website in a new tab.

Click the notification to open the Chrome receive tab on iPhone or iPad

Once you’ve sent the tab to your iPad, you’ll see the Tab Received banner in the Chrome app. Tap the “Open” button to open the website in a new page.

Tap Open Tab Received Banner on iPad

How to Open Chrome Tabs from Other Apple Devices

Tab transfer is great when both devices are open and the Chrome app is running. Using the “Open Tabs” feature in the History section of Chrome, you can open tabs from your iPhone or iPad without touching them.

To use this from your Mac app, open the Chrome browser and click the “Menu” button. Go to the “History” section here. You will see tabs from all of your other devices here. Click on a website to open it.

Open iPhone or iPad tabs from history section in Chrome

You can also see all open tabs from a particular device in the History section of the menu (use the Chrome keyboard shortcut Command + Y). Here choose the option “Tabs from other devices” in the sidebar.

Tabs of the Other Devices section of Chrome history

On your iPhone or iPad, you can access this feature from other devices in the tab switch. Open the “Chrome” app on your iPhone or iPad and tap the “Tabs” button.

Tap the Tabs button in Chrome

Switch to the “Devices” tab from the top of the screen. Scroll down to see open tabs from all your other devices. Select a webpage to open it on your iPhone or iPad.

Select the Devices tab and the Open tab


Want an easier way to organize all your open Chrome tabs on Mac? You can use the Tab Groups feature to create different groups for related tabs.

RELATED: Collapse and hide tab groups in Google Chrome




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