You finally get comfortable with a few articles and videos to read and watch, but now you have to leave. If only there were some way to sync your tabs to another device. It just so happens that there is with Google Chrome. No longer will you have surf the web for those lost articles and cat videos.

If you’re browsing the internet and you want to take those tabs with you, as long as you have Google Chrome, you can sync them with Android devices and iOS devices, tablets included.

Here’s how you can get started with just a few clicks.

Install Google Chrome

Not only does Google Chrome give you the opportunity to sync tabs to other devices, it doubles as an excellent browser. With its protection against phishing schemes and malware, there’s a reason Google Chrome tops many “best browser” lists.

Its easy-to-use interface and ability to play well with Apple products, especially Android devices, makes Google Chrome worth just having as an alternative if you’re more of a fan of Mozilla Firefox.

Before you sync devices, you’ll need to install Google Chrome. Here’s how:

  1. Download and Install Google Chrome.
  2. Create a Google account, if you don’t already have one.

Now you’re ready to sync your devices. This is a two-part process that involves both your computer and your smartphone or tablet. First, syncing with your computer, and after, syncing with your phone.

Syncing with Windows PC

Before you start syncing tabs, you’ll have to activate the option since the ability to sync isn’t turned on by default.

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click Google Chrome’s Customize and control Google Chrome. This is indicated by the three vertical dots located near the top right corner.settings
  3. Click on Settings. You’ll see a laundry list of options and settings. Locate Privacy and security.sync and google services
  4. Under Privacy and Security, click on Sync and Google services. Under Sync and personalize Chrome across your devices, you’ll see the Google account you’re currently logged into. If this is not the account you wish to sync, you’ll need to turn on sync.
  5. Select the small arrow to the left of “Turn on sync…”
  6. Select Turn on sync… when you’ve chosen the account you want to sync with.
  7. Click Yes, I’m In.

If you don’t want everything syncing between devices, choose Settings, after Step 6 and refer to the section Manage Sync for more details.

Syncing with Mac OS

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click Google Chrome’s Customize and control Google Chrome. This is indicated by the three vertical dots.
  3. Click on Settings. This is in the drop-down menu.
  4. Click on Sync and Google services. Under Sync and personalize Chrome across your devices, you’ll see the Google account you’re currently logged into. If this not the account you wish to sync, you’ll need to turn on sync.
  5. Select the small arrow to the left of “Turn on sync…
  6. Select Turn on sync…. Do this when you’ve chosen the account you want to sync with.
  7. Click Yes, I’m in.

If you don’t want everything syncing between devices, choose Settings, after Step 6 and refer to the section Manage Sync for more details.

Manage Sync

Before you turn syncing on, Google gives you the opportunity to personalize several aspects of what’s allowed to be synced and what isn’t.

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  1. In Sync and Google services, click on Settings, instead.manage sync
  2. Under Sync, click on Manage Sync. Here, you can turn off and on every available option that Google Chrome can sync between devices. The slider should be switched to the left to turn off, and switched to the right if you want them on.turn off sync everything
  3. Turn off Sync everything in order to edit your settings.

Syncing with Android Devices

Now that syncing has been activated on your computer’s end, your Android device is next.

  1. Open the Google Chrome app.
  2. Open Google Chrome’s Menu. Indicated by the three vertical dots near the top right corner.settings
  3. Select Settings. At the top, double-check that the Google account matches your computer’s account. If not, log in.sync android phone
  4. Select Sync.
  5. Select Sync again.no tabs from other devices
  6. Select Google Chrome’s Menu. Find History. Under History, you’ll notice your device’s currently opened tabs are listed.

Now, depending on what you’ve allowed Google Chrome to sync between devices, you should have all, or some, of your information at your fingertips. The best part is that it works both ways: any tabs you open on your phone can be viewed from your computer, and vice versa.

Syncing with iOS Devices

Now that syncing has been activated on your computer’s end, your iOS device is next.

  1. Open the Google Chrome app.
  2. Open Google Chrome’s Menu. This is indicated by the three vertical dots near the top right corner.
  3. Select Settings. Double-check that the Google account linked to your phone matches your computer’s account. If not, go ahead and log in.
  4. Select Sync.
  5. Select Sync again.
  6. Select Google Chrome’s Menu again. Find History. Under History, you’ll notice your device’s currently opened tabs are listed.

Now, depending on what you’ve allowed Google Chrome to sync between devices, you should have all, or some, of your information at your fingertips. The best part is that it works both ways: any tabs you open on your phone can be viewed from your computer, and vice versa.

Now that you’re free to switch back and forth between your smartphone or tablet device and your computer, you’ll no longer lose those tabs to the ether of the internet.