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Google just added a couple of useful features to its cross-platform Chrome browser, so you can easily beam text, links, and even open tabs between your desktop and your Android mobile devices. It’s a piece of cake, but there are a few simple things to do before you can start copying stuff across.


You’ll need to be signed into the same Google account, and have version 79 of the browser installed on all your devices.

To make sure you’ve got it on Android, pop into Google Play, head to My apps & games, and update Google Chrome from there. If the app isn’t listed, it’s likely been updated automatically.

On your desktop, click on the menu button (the one with three dots in a line, near the top right hand corner), and find Help > About Google Chrome in the menu that pops up. On the page that shows up, update Chrome and relaunch the browser.

Next, open up a new browser tab, and navigate to chrome://flags. On the page that appears, you’ll see a list of experimental features that you can turn on and off. In the search box on that page, enter ‘clipboard,’ and you’ll find three settings: ‘Enable receiver device to handle shared clipboard feature,’ ‘Enable shared clipboard feature signals to be handled,’ and ‘Sync clipboard services.’

Set all three to Enabled in the drop-down menus next to each of them, and then relaunch your browser.