Chrome User Transferring Tabs Between iPhone, iPad, and Mac
Khamosh Pathak

You can make Chrome the default web browser on your iPhone and iPad and use it as your only browser for all your Apple devices. Just like Safari, you can transfer open tabs between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Here’s how.

How to Transfer Chrome Tabs Between iPhone, iPad, and Mac

As long as you are signed in to the same Google account in the Chrome browser for your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, you can easily transfer tabs between all your devices. Just make sure that the “Sync” feature is enabled.

In Chrome for Mac, click your “Profile” button and make sure that it says “Sync Is On.”

Make Sure Sync Is On for Chrome on Mac

On your iPhone or iPad, tap the “Menu” button, and choose the “Settings” option.

Go to Settings in Chrome for iPhone and iPad

Here, in the “Sync And Google Services,” make sure it says “Sync Is On.”

Make Sure Sync in On for Chrome on iPhone and iPad

This action will automatically show all open tabs and devices in your Google account. The process of transferring tabs between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac is different based on your device.

Transferring tabs from Chrome on Mac to your iPhone and iPad is quite straightforward.

Open the page you want to send and then click the URL bar. Here, select the “Transfer” button. From the drop-down, choose one of your devices.

Transfer Tab to iPhone or iPad From Chrome URL Bar on Mac

The tab will be transferred to the device. Now, open the “Chrome” app on your iPhone or iPad.

You’ll see a banner saying that you have received a tab from another device. It only stays here for a couple of seconds, and once it’s gone, there’s no way to bring it back. Here, tap the “Open” button to open the tab.

Tap Open from Tab Received Banner

Transferring a tab from iPhone or iPad to Mac (or another iPhone or iPad) is a longer process.

Open the website you want to transfer to another device and tap the “Share” button from the URL bar.

Tap Share Button From URL Bar

Here, choose the “Send To Your Devices” option.

Tap Send To Your Devices

You’ll see all the available devices. Choose your device, scroll down, and tap the “Send To Your Device” option.

Choose Device and Tap Send To Device

If you sent the tab to your Mac, you’ll see a notification about it. If you click the notification, it will open the website in a new tab.

Click the Notification To Open Received Tab from Chrome on iPhone or iPad

If you sent the tab to your iPad, you’ll see a “Tab Received” banner in the Chrome app. Tap the “Open” button to open the website in a new page.

Tap Open From Tab Received Banner on iPad

How to Open Chrome Tabs from Other Apple Devices

Transferring tabs is great if you have both devices open and running the Chrome app. If you use the “Open Tabs” feature in Chrome’s History section, you can open tabs from your iPhone or iPad without touching them.

To use this from your Mac app, open the Chrome browser and click the “Menu” button. Here, go to the “History” section. You will see tabs from all your other devices here. Click a website to open it.

Open Tabs From iPhone or iPad From History Section in Chrome

You can also see all open tabs from a particular device from the History section in the menu (use the Chrome keyboard shortcut Command + Y). Here, choose the “Tabs From Other Devices” option from the sidebar.

Tabs From Other Devices Section in Chrome History

On your iPhone or iPad, you can access this feature from other devices in the tab switcher. Open the “Chrome” app on your iPhone or iPad and tap the “Tabs” button.

Tap Tabs Button in Chrome

From the top of the screen, switch to the “Devices” tab. Scroll down to see open tabs from all your other devices. Select a webpage to open it on your iPhone or iPad.

Select Devices Tab and Open Tab


Want a simpler way to organize all your open Chrome tabs on the Mac? You can use the Tab Groups feature to create different groups for related tabs.

RELATED: How to Collapse and Hide Tab Groups in Google Chrome

Khamosh Pathak Khamosh Pathak
Khamosh Pathak is a freelance technology writer who specializes in tutorials. His work has also been published on iPhoneHacks, Zapier's blog, MakeUseOf, and Guiding Tech. Khamosh has seven years of experience writing how-tos, features and technology guides on the internet.
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