How to use the share button in Google Chrome

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Typically, sharing a single link works great when you want to send a webpage to someone or even yourself to save it for later. Alternatively, Google Chrome’s desktop and Android share button offers great tools for sharing web pages. Here is how you can get started.

How to use the share button on the desktop of Google Chrome

Google Chrome offers a multitude of features to its users. One, in particular, is the newly extended share button. The share button allows you to send different versions of the webpage to yourself and others, depending on your needs. We will go through them all.

Where is the share button in Google Chrome on the desktop

In Google Chrome on PC, the share button is located in a very convenient place. Look for the address bar at the top of the browser. On the far right you will find a small share icon located next to the bookmark button.

If you click on the Share button, a few options will appear. These options are:

  • Copy link
  • Send to your devices
  • QR Code
  • To throw…
  • Save page as…

The copy link option does the same as highlighting the web address, right-clicking, and copying the text. Press “Copy link” to automatically copy the address to your clipboard for later use.

How to send Chrome pages to other devices

The next option is pretty neat. You have to copy the link and try to send it to you outside of the image. This option will allow you to choose between devices that have Chrome installed and send the link directly to that device through Google Chrome. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Google Chrome on the desk.
  2. Find the address bar and click the share button on the right side.
  3. In the drop-down menu, click Send to your devices.
  4. Choose which device you want to send the link.
  5. On the device receiving the link, a notification should appear to let you know that a link has been received.
    • Note that on iOS devices, no notification is received. Instead, after sending the link to an iOS device, you can open Chrome and a small pop-up will appear to let you know that a tab has been sent.

Creation of a QR code

Another great option for link sharing is to create a QR code which can be scanned with most camera apps. When a QR code is visible, simply point your open camera at the image and you’ll be prompted almost instantly to open the decoded link. It’s fast and efficient, especially if you want to get a link to your phone from Google Chrome on the desktop. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Google Chrome on the desk.
  2. Find the address bar and click the share button on the right side.
  3. When the drop-down menu appears, locate and click QR Code.
  4. Instantly, a QR code will appear in a box for you to scan or download.
    • There is also an address bar located in the box. If you want to create a QR code for a different address, just enter the correct URL in the box and watch the QR code change as you enter it.

Most proprietary camera apps will recognize QR codes very easily. Otherwise, there are dozens of QR code reader apps in the Google Play Store available for download.

How to use the share button in Google Chrome on Android

On Android devices, Google Chrome has the same kind of functionality available for sharing webpages with yourself or a friend / colleague. While Google Chrome on PC has some great link sharing options, Chrome on Android packs a bit more in terms of sharing methods.

Introducing the share button in Google Chrome on Android

As mentioned, the share button for Google Chrome on Android has a bit more than the desktop variant. Not only do you have a “Copy Link” button, but you also have a few screenshot buttons to capture everything on your screen and more. Here’s where you can find the share button in Google Chrome for Android:

  1. Open Google Chrome on your Android device.
  2. Search and press the three-dot menu button at the top right of your screen.
  3. Press the To share… button.

Here you will see several different sharing options. First, you can share a link to eligible apps like Telegram and Slack. Alternatively, you can choose to share a screenshot or the link itself. By tapping on Screenshot Where Long screenshot will allow you to preview an image to edit and then send. If you hit Copy link, the URL will be copied and placed in your clipboard until you are ready to paste it.

How to send Chrome pages to other devices

Very similar to Google Chrome on desktop, the mobile version of Android can send web pages to your other devices. These devices must have an instance of Chrome installed and you must be signed in with the same account. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Google Chrome on your Android device.
  2. Look for the three-dot menu at the top right of the screen and tap it.
  3. Find and press the To share… button.
  4. Near the bottom of the screen, find and tap Send to your devices.
  5. Choose a device you want to send the tab.
    • If you don’t see your device listed, try opening Google Chrome on receiving devices and repeat the above steps. Sometimes after a few days Chrome will time out and not recognize this device as easily.

Very similar to the desktop version, a notification will appear on the device you are sending a link to. If you’re sending to desktop, Chrome must be open for a pop-up to appear at the top right of the screen. If you’re sending to another Android device, you’ll likely get a notification even though Chrome isn’t open. Otherwise, open Chrome on the receiving device and try again.

How to create a shareable QR code

Again, QR codes are great for getting links between devices or sending. Either way, they definitely have their place. Here’s how to create and send one:

  1. Open Google Chrome on your Android device.
  2. Look for the three-dot menu at the top right of the screen and tap it.
  3. Find and press the To share… button.
  4. At the bottom of the page, you may need to scroll right to find QR Code. Tap on it when you find it.
  5. A QR code will appear which you can show someone or another device’s camera for the link.
    • You can also download the link to send if you want.
    • Alternatively, at the top you can tap To analyse to open the camera in Chrome. This will allow you to scan a QR code directly into Google Chrome, although using the proprietary camera app is much easier.

Whether you are sharing on Android or on a desktop, Google Chrome has a few useful options for you. Who knows, it might help you avoid copying and pasting a link in an email just to open a webpage on another device. I know I am guilty. Either way, Google Chrome’s share button options should come in handy.

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