How to Access Open Tabs on Another Device – Google Chrome

You can access open tabs of one computer across others, If you work on multiple computers like at home and office.  Suppose you were browsing something, have some useful tabs open in Google Chrome at the office. You can access the same Chrome’s open tabs at home as well. To access open tabs across synced computer and devices, you need to sign in to Chrome first. Let’s see how to sync open tabs and access on another computer.

First sign in to Chrome if you want to save the open tabs and other stuff like Bookmarks, Forms data, Passwords, etc. You can choose each option what you want to sync.

Sign in to Chrome

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  1. Click the user icon on the right-top corner and then hit “Sign in to Chrome”
    sign in to chrome
  2. On the next screen enter the google email address and password to sign in.
  3. Once, you successfully log into your account. You will see Chrome Sync is turned on, click the OK, Got IT button.
    google chrome sync turned on
  4. By default everything will be synced across all your devices that sign in using the same email address. You can modify and select what you want to sync or not. Click the Sync option as show below to view advanced options.
    chrome sync selection
  5. On the Advanced sync settings page turn off the “Sync everything” slider. Now you can choose and turn off or On any options that you want to sync or not. You can turn On or Off Open Tabs, Apps, Autofill, Bookmarks, Extensions, History, Passwords, Settings, Themes & Wallpapers and more.
    At-least Open Tabs slider must be On otherwise you will not be able to access open tabs on other devices.
    advanced sync settings google chrome

 

Open tabs from other Computer

Now, to open tabs that you left open on another device. Follow these steps:

  1. Run Chrome on another computer and Press Ctrl+H keyboard shortcut. You can navigate to this option manually, click the vertical dotted icon right-top corner, select History and then History again.
    chrome tabs history
  2. On the History page, click “Tabs from other devices” option and then dotted icon.
    tabs from other devices chrome
  3. Once you click the this menu button, select “Open all” option to access all the tabs that opened on other device.
    open tabs from other deviceschrome

Using older Chrome version?

If you running older Chrome version then follow these steps to sign in.

  1. Click on “Customize and Control…” Vertical dotted menu button top-right corner on Google Chrome.
  2. Select Settings and then click the button “Sign in to Chrome,” sign in using your Google account.
    sign in to google chrome
  3. Once you successfully logged in, click on Advanced sync settings button and choose what you want to sync.
    chrome advanced sync settings

Access open tabs on other computers

Now you are on another computer and want to access Chrome tabs that you have opened on another computer or device.

  • First, sign in to Chrome using the same Google Account that you used on the other computer. When you logged in on Chrome, click the OK, got it button.
    sync-chrome-tabs
  • I would suggest you close the Chrome browser and run again.
  • Click on Chrome Settings menu and select Recent Tabs and here you will see the devices with the list of open tabs on it like “Ayan PC” is the name of another computer. Click the “More…” button to view the complete list of open tabs for each computer or device.
    synced-pc-chrome
  • This will open the History page of Chrome. As you can see below in the screenshot, the first section is “Ayan PC” with the list of open tabs on that computer. You can click each tab that you want to open on the current computer or just click the downward arrow and select Open all option to open all tabs of “Ayan PC” at once.
    open all tabs of another computer chrome

See also: Delete Specific Chrome Browsing History

Just use the same Google Account and sign in to Chrome on any computer Mac or PC, Android or iOS and get your Google Chrome open tabs, bookmarks, passwords, form data, etc. anywhere.

7 comments… add one
Remus Rigo June 3, 2016, 4:59 pm

I’m signed into chrome and i don’t have the Recent Tabs option
🙁

Maria June 2, 2017, 10:40 am

me too… i didn`t work when i tried it

Maria J.O. June 8, 2017, 6:34 am

I can believe I didn’t know about this until now! it worked perfectly! thank you so much!

Ben September 18, 2017, 8:34 pm

None of this works. Everyone in the world seems to be able to sync tabs between their devices but I they never show up on mine. When I go to look at tabs from other devices it just says there are none.

Michael October 10, 2017, 6:22 am

go to the same area this article tells you to, but go under history instead. That should give you a list of other devices and their tabs.

ECDC January 29, 2018, 1:20 am

None of this works for how GC is now.

ps August 27, 2018, 2:11 am

really naive
real use case
– there are hundreds of currently opened tabs on tablet since last several months
– Now you painfully sync them to PC – there are under ‘open tabs from other devices’
and now what ???
in the case ‘open all ‘ you just manage to open max less than 100 tabs and you are out of memory on 16 Gb ram system
– you will be lucky then if you now manage to close chrome without shutting down whole system and you achieve nothing
– closing chrome on tablet means next time on PC you have again 0 open tabs from other devices (tablet)
and you are after 1 day on the beginning

really nice !!!

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