Microsoft Edge now lets you send tabs to your other devices

Ashwin
Jun 24, 2021
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Many desktop browsers allow you to sync tabs between your devices using their built-in protocol. Sending a tab from one computer to another manually, is slightly different. It's sort of like sharing a link with your friend in a chat.

Microsoft Edge Tab Sharing notification

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox both support sending tabs to other devices, and Microsoft's browser is the latest to join the fray.

The latest stable version, Microsoft Edge 91.0.864.54, has introduced support for Tab Sharing. It's quite convenient to

How to use Tab Sharing in Microsoft Edge

1. Open a webpage in Edge browser.

2. Mouse over the icon that has a computer and phone, in the address bar. This is the "Send this page" button. Or, right-click anywhere on the page and select "Send page to devices" from the context-menu.

Microsoft Edge now lets you send tabs to your other devices

3. Click it and choose the device that you want to share the tab with. If your device isn't listed,  check if you're signed in to your account on  both devices. You may have to restart the browser to get it working.

Microsoft Edge Tab Sharing

The process is a bit different on mobile devices. Open the page in the Microsoft Edge app on your phone, and tap the share button in the bottom right corner. The "Send to devices" option will appear in a small pop-up. Tap on it, and your devices will be listed in the next pop-up. Select it and tap on send.

Microsoft Edge Tab Sharing android. - send to device

4. Switch to the other device and open Microsoft Edge on it, and you'll find a notification with a link to the page that you shared. Click on it to load the page.

Microsoft Edge Tab Sharing android

The browser has to be open on your computer, for the notification to appear. If Edge is closed, you will see the banner pop-up the next time you start the browser. If you don't click on the notification, the link persists and can be accessed from the Action Center.

The stable version of the Microsoft Edge app on Android does not support Tab sharing yet. However, the Microsoft Edge Dev version does. I also tried this on my iPad, but the app doesn't support it yet. I don't have access to the browser's Testflight program, but Windows Latest reports that the tab sharing feature is available in the preview build aka Microsoft Edge Dev version on iOS.

Tab Sharing does not require the Sync Tabs option to be enabled in your browser. However, you will need to be signed in to your Microsoft account on both devices for the sharing to work.

The new feature isn't perfect, at least not on the mobile version. Sometimes the Edge Dev app doesn't display the notification at all, even if the browser is currently in focus. But I had no trouble sending tabs from my phone to my computer.  The notifications for the desktop version worked as intended. That might explain why the feature is not available on the stable version of the mobile browser.

I think that Microsoft should reduce the number of steps required to share a page, especially from the mobile browser. It currently takes 3 taps to share, four if you have to select the device.

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Microsoft Edge now lets you send tabs to your other devices
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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm
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    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm
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      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between name.com domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am
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      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.
      http://www.google.com/saved

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm
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    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm
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    @Martin

    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:
    https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/15/netflix-is-testing-game-streaming-on-tvs-and-computers/

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am
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    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm
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    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am
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      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm
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    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am
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    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm
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    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm
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    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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