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I'm starting a wiki to compile a short list of browsers, apps, extensions, etc. that allow users to easily link or bookmark webpages between their PC and phone. This is ultimately just a "best apps" question, so answers should be made CW. I placed an answer below. Any other suggestions are appreciated!

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    Someone also please answer how to go from phone to PC--So far the answers have only solved the PC to phone direction. Thank you. – Mufasa Sep 29 '10 at 18:34
  • You need to install the mobile app on your phone, then go to pasta.run and send the url to yourself. Your URL will be sent to your phone's clipboard where you can paste it in WhatsApp and share it with your friends. – Wesam Mar 22 '16 at 6:03
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    This would be a very convenient feature to have and I used to have several alternatives, some of which are covered in these answers but are also obsolete and unsupported now (as of Oct-2016). – Octopus Oct 5 '16 at 19:27

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If you're running Android 4.0+, just use Google Chrome both on PC and Android, and associate it with the same Google account. This allows you to sync your browsers so that you can see open tabs from both locations on all devices. You can even have multiple PCs/OSs synced, just use the same Google account.

"Sign in to Chrome to sync your open tabs, bookmarks, passwords, and omnibox data from your computer to your phone or tablet. Pick up right where you left off."

  • I enjoy this feature. If it wasn't limited to Android 4.0+, it would be perfect. – gary Jan 11 '14 at 2:30
  • Does this feature still exist? I have Android 7 and use Chrome signed into same account on my phone and my Macbook. I can't find any option to share a link or tab from phone to desktop browser though. – Anentropic May 12 '18 at 9:07
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    Ah... I can open 'History' in Chrome desktop then go to "Tabs from other devices" and find links from Chrome on the phone there – Anentropic May 12 '18 at 9:11
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One great way to send links from your PC to your phone (when using Chrome) is the Google Chrome to Phone Extension. Once you're on the page you want, you click the Chrome to Phone link in Chrome and a link to the page appears in the notification bar on your phone (and you must be signed in to google). I find it very useful.

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    Note that this is only supported if you are on Froyo and use Chrome. – Soo Wei Tan Sep 29 '10 at 16:38
  • Apparently you can use it on Firefox too (see answer by @Al E) but I didn't know about the Froyo requirement. – gary Sep 29 '10 at 16:40
  • Its not available in all countries.. – Android Quesito Aug 22 '12 at 10:18
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    This appears to be dead. – endolith Jan 30 '16 at 2:35
  • Pasta is a good alternative and it does not require installing an extension. i.e. works with any web browser. Install the app and visit Pasta web to send your text. – Wesam Feb 5 '16 at 0:29
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No-one seems to have said Pushbullet yet; it's trivially easy to share a webpage to Pushbullet from a phone and push it to the Windows/Mac app or Chrome extension, and the Chrome extension only needs 2 clicks to share any link, whether it's the page you're on or a link you can right-click.

  • AirDroid works more consistently for me. PushBullet (at least with Android) seems to not connect. Also AirDroid does mirroring too, and i think the notification actions are richer. – Shorin Nov 1 '18 at 23:42
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Fox To Phone is a Firefox extension that lets your Phone to Chrome app talk to Firefox.

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    This seems to be dead. – endolith Jan 30 '16 at 2:35
  • Found a new link, but the add-on is deprecated. – ale Jan 30 '16 at 17:21
  • Yeah that's what I meant 😕 – endolith Jan 30 '16 at 18:06
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GTalkSMS (Google Code Project Page) is able to forward links to you PC over XMPP/GTalk. The link can be send either

  • if the user selects the share option, then GTalkSMS is presented as option
  • if you open a http(s) URL without having a default App set, GTalkSMS will be presented as option besides your installed browsers

Note: According to the FAQ I have to disclose that I am involved into GtalkSMS. GTalkSMS is an open source GPL licensed Android app. Everyone can contribute.

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Another extension that let's you send pages to your phone is LinkPush, which works on phones pre-Froyo. It has Chrome and Firefox extensions, and then Javascript bookmarklets for any other browser.

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If you have a Delicious account here is an Android app which links up to it.

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I stumbled upon the alter-ego of the chrome-to-phone extension - the android2cloud app. This let's you send a URL from your phone to your PC (Chrome browser).

To send a URL from phone to PC, select menu > more > share > android2cloud. The link will open in your browser if you're in front of your PC, or be available on the extension bar later.

  1. Get app in the Android Market. During setup, as the Lifehacker article suggests, you might be better off using the mirror server here. (I had trouble with the ordinary server too.)
  2. Since it pairs with Chrome, get the extension in the previous link if you go with the mirror server or here if you use the default server.

Set up is somewhat complicated but the tool itself works very nicely.

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I was looking for bookmark sync for my Android phone too and initially considered Delicious but for some reason none of two available mobile clients worked properly (2.3.6).

I ended up registering and using service diigo.com

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These are all the ones I've used.

Both ways:

  • Chrome sync (current open tabs and bookmarks, chrome with chrome for android)
  • Firefox sync (current open tabs and bookmarks, firefox with firefox beta)
  • Opera link (bookmarks only, opera with opera mini)
  • Pocket (bookmarklet/share with)

One way (desktop to phone only):

  • Chrome to phone
  • Fox to phone
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MAXS (Modular Android XMPP Suite) is able to exchange the contents of the clipboard over XMPP.

Note: According to the FAQ I have to disclose that I am involved into MAXS. MAXS is an open source GPLv3 licensed Android app. Everyone can contribute.

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Send to Computer works in combination with an appengine site (code for both: https://code.google.com/p/share-to-browser/) and lets you use the share menu on your phone to push links into the database from where they're opened by your browser accessing a unique link. (Some security issues there as anyone knowing your browser's ID could push links to it but the code could probably be extended to include some sort of password/key to encrypt/decrypt/verify URLs.)

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You can always use a social bookmarking and sync with your existing bookmarks. Look into Delicious and Papaly for easy to use user interface. Just as long as you have internet with your droid you'll be able to look at all your bookmarks anywhere.

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If you have Keep, nothing beats it. Pretty instant. The above fly-by-night apps (except for some, like Pocket and browser addons) are un-dependable

  • Can you link it here? – Firelord Feb 5 '16 at 16:19
  • uhh..Keep ? It's Google Keep dude, although I found Pasta (posted above by Wesham) also to be a good alt second time around. – killjoy Feb 7 '16 at 18:19
  • Look like there's 2 Google keep extension: "Google Keep" and "Google Keep Chrome Extension". I guess you choose the one with the latest update. – antogerva Dec 26 '17 at 6:43
  • This seems the most long-lived solution (most other answers are now obsolete and there is no way to remove them). – rwst Jan 8 at 6:09

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