For example, if I have a URL for an image from my laptop's browser that I want to share with a WhatsApp contact, what is the easiest way of doing this? The only way I can think of is to copy the URL, paste it into an email to myself, open the email, copy the URL and then paste it into WhatsApp.
Forget the pain of emailing stuff just to share some text. If you are running Android version 4.0 & above, check Keep from Google.
Keep works on your phone, tablet and computer. Everything you add syncs across all of your devices.
Visit https://keep.google.com/ to open Keep on PC.
Add your notes/text/link/audio note/photo. Immediately this would be synced across your devices. You can access the same stuff in your android app.
Works vice versa as well.
Get Google Keep Android app from here.
Click here to watch Google Keep video tutorial.
Some time after asking this question I found the Pushbullet app, which shares clipboard items across devices. Since Pushbullet changed its business model, I moved on to using the Join app which has similar features to Pushbullet and, although not as polished as Pushbullet, is functional and meets my original requirements.
If you use Google Chrome, you can sync up your tabs so that when you open the chrome on either your laptop, phone or tablet, you will be able to see any tabs you have open on all of your devices relatively easily.
For your specific example, just use Whatsapp on your laptop's browser: https://web.whatsapp.com/
the trick is generating a QR-code using Duckduckgo´s tool. Then read it in phone via an app reader that uses your phone´s camera.
-in Chrome, i have added a search box shortcut named DU that searches in duckduckgo.com
-then i just type in the searchbox
DU QR http://android.stackexchange.com/
tip: if you have the shortcut set up, then in the addressbox you just type
DU QRwithout deleting the url in the tab
this also generates the qr code:
NOTE: although the KEEP method is very easy, it requires that you are using the same google account on your pc and on your phone. I do not use the same google account on my phone, as added layer of privacy. This is a standalone solution so you don’t have to install nor sync anything.
Another route, if you are on your computer and wanting to send something, is to see if there is an app/program on the computer you're using that would allow you to share the bit of information without involving your phone. I think there are a few apps/programs that allow you to communicate through what's app from your computer. Of course I mean at that point you could just send an email or even gchat.
I can think of two simple ways. 1. Download in to you pc and android one of the many notes app with auto sync between the devices. Just drop the link into a note and you'll get it inmediately on your phone, from there its a click away to whatsapp. 2. If you use chrome browser on both devices you can enable autosync of favs between them. So you add the site to your favs in one device and get it in the other.
You might want to check out Airdroid, it supports posting directly to the devices clipboard.
Snapcopy does exactly what you're looking for, http://snapcopyapp.com/
- Install the app
- Add the chrome extension
- Link chrome and your device as instructed
- Copy on one device, paste on the other
Easy as that
Scaanin is the easiest solution, just open the website http://www.scaan.in and read how to use. It's the simplest and fastest way to share links from mobile to PC.
You can install the app from Google Play Store. Once you install the app, to share links/text, just scan the QR code.
Note: I am the developer of this app. It is new to Play Store, but you can trust that this app is a final product, that has undergone thorough testing.
It is possible to share information without login with yourself and others with Google Docs. When you create a doc, set the sharing option to "Anyone with the link can edit". Then anyone having a link to the document can make changes to it.
In your case, you first create a Google Doc as above (you will need to log in once to your Google account to do this), then share and bookmark it in any device you need.
You can create a list of links in a single URL.
Access it via browser without password or instalation!
Easiest way is to have two Gmail addresses and cut and paste through Google Hangouts inside of Gmail.