Send tabs/URLs between desktop and iOS device

Published 2017-10-18, 15:26

Yay, with Firefox iOS it is finally possible to send tabs and URLs between desktop and iOS devices, in both directions.

iOS to Desktop

From Firefox for iOS to desktop computer, the functionality has its own button in the „tab options menu“ and a great explanation in the knowledge base.

What isn’t mentioned there is that Firefox for iOS also adds a „Send Tab“ share extension to iOS that is accessible from normal Safari. You can use it to send any open tab from Safari to your Firefox Desktop installations. You get a OS notification and the tab is automatically opened in the background when the information is received after a few seconds.

Desktop to iOS

In the other direction, from desktop computer to smartphone, you can use the „Send Tab to device“ extension to add a new Option „Send Page to Device“ to the right click menu of websites and tabs. Using it sends the URL to Firefox for iOS were it also opens a tab.

Only thing missing here is a push notification that also tells you that there is data waiting for you when Firefox iOS is not already open and a simpler way to get the URL from Firefox iOS to Safari – right now one has to manually copy the URL over.

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