Chrome to Phone has been around for a while now. But when Chrome Beta for Android was launched, they added a new extension which added the functionality to send files for offline viewing to your Android phone. Now, news is in that this feature will be built in to Chrome to work without any extension. It will make use of the existing good relationship between Chrome on your desktop and the one on your phone.

Here is the text from the commit that added this functionality.

chrome news  Chrome To Mobile Will Soon Be Built In To Chrome


Add Chrome To Mobile Service and Views Page Action. Implements the Chrome To Mobile extension in Chrome. List the user’s mobile devices via the Cloud Print server.

Add a page action icon when the service reports 1+ devices. Add a bubble to send the current page URL / MHTML snapshot. The bubble shows a radio group for multiple devices. (or it shows a single device as part of the title label) The bubble also shows a checkbox to send an offline copy.  Send URLFetcher requests to GET/POST the URL/Snapshot. The bubble shows “Sending…”/”Sent”/ error request status.

This feature will make use of the existing “Cloud Printing” set up. If you choose to send an offline copy of the page, but your phone isn’t connected to the Internet or an error occurred, the copy will be stored in Google Cloud Print as a print job.

So, another addition that makes your Chrome experience on Desktop and on the go seamless. I am looking forward to all the new stuff the team is going to come up with, taking this to a new level.

Thanks François Beaufort