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How to Share Links Between Any Browser and Any Smartphone

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It happens all the time, you find an article to read but then nature calls. Do you take your laptop with you? With site to phone you can share links between any browser and any smartphone with a single click.

If you have Android you may be familiar with this functionality with Google’s Chrome to phone, or with webOS’ Neato! But what if you have an iPhone, Blackberry or Windows Phone 7 device? That is where site to phone comes in handy. It not only supports every major mobile smartphone operating system, but it also supports every major web browser.

Setup Your Phone

The first thing you will need to do is go to site to phone on your laptop and click setup with your phone.

The site will generate a unique browser link and ask you to go to that link on your phone’s browser.

Note: The link is unique to you and if you give it to other people they may be able to see what links you have sent to your phone. Because of the way this works, you can only send links to one phone set up at a time.

Follow the instructions on the page for your phone to add the bookmark as a shortcut on your app launcher.

Note: My instructions are for webOS but yours will probably be similar.

Once you have created the shortcut, tap complete setup and go back to your laptop to set up your browser.

Setup Your Browser

The next step isn’t required but it makes things easier. If you don’t want to install an addon or create an account you can go to the site to phone website and use quick send to send links to your phone.

If you would like to make life easier on yourself you can click on your browser icon for instructions on how to install a plugin or bookmarklet. Currently only IE8/9 and Chrome have plugins while the other browsers use a bookmarklet that works just as well.

You will need to set up an account to use the bookmarklet or extension, but it is well worth it for one click send to phone functionality.

After you have set up your account and logged into the site all you need to do is browse to a site you would like to read on your phone and either right click and select “send page to phone” or click the icon in your menu bar.

Open Links and View History

After a site has been sent to your phone, go to your phone’s app launcher and tap the bookmark you created earlier.

Tap on it to launch the webpage you just sent to the phone.

Some phones will even recognize links that have native apps and open the necessary app to give you the best experience possible on your device.

To view your link history you can open site to phone in phone or laptop browser and click on “your links” at the top.

Site to phone homepage

Justin Garrison is a Linux and HTPC enthusiast who loves to try new projects. He isn't scared of bricking a cell phone in the name of freedom.

  • Published 12/21/10

Comments (12)

  1. Omar

    Does it support Symbian S60?

  2. Richard

    I’d be really interested if there way a way to use Firefox Sync with Android.

    Bookmarks are so-so but the real value is the address bar and text field auto-complete strings, the browsing history and the cookies!

  3. kman

    uhh… ever heard of instapaper or read it later?

    much better..

  4. John

    Notifo for iPhone has a nifty Chrome plug-in for pushing links to your phone.

  5. Марфа

    bla-bla-bla… There’s no Symbian support.

    “It not only supports every major mobile smartphone operating system”. So Symbian is not major mobile system.

  6. Lauren

    There’s also Chrome to Phone for Android. Really simple. You just click the Chrome to Phone icon in Chrome and it gets sent to your phone, no problem.

  7. Hatryst

    Its even better if you use an iPad with this. A smartphone’s screen isn’t good for longer reading.
    But (as far as i think) any phone/device with WiFi capability can use this. Great :)

  8. Todd

    How about from the opposite? I really want a good way to send links back to my desktop! I can’t be the only one. Particularly from this and other tech sites!

  9. Mohit

    i have WM 6.1
    what do i do ?

  10. Omar

    If Symbian is not a major OS then Nokia is not a major mobile manufacturer!!

  11. Tyas

    Everybody’s wasting their time downloading all of these new browsers and stuff just because of the features it carries. IE is King/leader of all of them, and the default on all PC/windows. I’m always downloading new browsers, but now I’m gonna stick with the ruler of them all. If it acts funny, then that’s the way it’s gonna be. Download IE8 or IE9 through windows update! ;)

  12. Anonymous

    @Tyas: Heard of the recent flaw in IE that allows hackers to take remote control over your PC? Yeah… I’ll stick with Chrome. Merry Christmas!!!!!

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