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Link your phone to Google

You can connect your Android phone to Google, which lets you send information from your computer to your phone. For example, you can send directions you searched for on your computer to Google Maps on your phone.

Link your Android phone

Step 1: Update the Google app

  1. On your phone, go to the Google app page on the Play Store.
  2. Tap Update.

Step 2: Turn on Google Now

  1. On your phone, open the Google app Google .
  2. At the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then Now cards.
  3. Turn on Show cards.
  4. Turn on Show notifications.

Step 3: Turn on Web & App Activity

  1. Visit the Account History page.
  2. Make sure the switch is on (green).

Step 4: Sign in to your browser

  1. On your phone, open the Google app Google .
  2. At the top left, tap the Menu menu icon.
  3. At the top left, you'll see the email address you use for the Google app.
  4. Visit www.google.com on your computer.
  5. If you aren't signed in already, click Sign in in the top right corner of the page.
  6. Sign in using the Google Account you use for the Google app.

Step 5: Send information to your phone

  1. Do one of the searches below, like note to self, or send directions to my phone.
  2. If a box doesn't pop up with the option to send information to your phone, try refreshing the page. If you just turned on Google Now, it may take a few minutes for the box to show up

What you can do once your phone is linked

Find my phone

You can get the current location of your phone if you can't find it.

  1. On your computer's browser, search on www.google.com for find my phone
  2. If your phone is turned on and connected to the Internet, you'll see your phone's location.
  3. If your phone's location is unavailable, you can still make it ring for 5 minutes on full volume by clicking Ring. You can stop the ringing from your phone when you find it.

Tip: You can also find your missing phone using the Android Device manager which lets you find your device or remotely ring, lock, or erase it.

Send directions to my phone

Once you've looked up directions on your computer, you can send them to your phone so you have them on your trip.

  1. On your computer's browser, search on www.google.com for send directions to my phone.
  2. Enter in your destination.
  3. Click Send directions to your phone.
  4. You'll get a notification on your phone. Tap to navigate to your destination using Google Maps.
Send a note to my phone
  1. On your computer's browser, search on www.google.com for send a note to my phone.
  2. Type your note in the box.
  3. Click Send note to your phone.
  4. You'll get a notification on your phone with your note that you can either save to one of your apps or copy.
Set an alarm
  1. On your computer's browser, search on www.google.com for set an alarm.
  2. Choose the time you want the alarm to go off.
  3. Click Set an alarm on your phone.
  4. An alarm will now be set on your phone's Clock app.
Set a reminder
  1. On your computer's browser, search on www.google.com for set an reminder.
  2. Type what you want to be reminded about, and either when or where you want the reminder to go off.
  3. Click Remind me on my devices.
  4. When it's time for your reminder, you'll see a Now card and a notification on your phone.

Troubleshooting

I'm getting errors when I try to send something to my phone
Follow the instructions above to link your phone to Google. If you're getting errors, it may be because:
  • Your Google app isn't updated
  • Now cards aren't turned on
  • Web & App Activity isn't turned on
  • You're signed in to your computer browser with a different account than you use for the Google app
I don't see the phone I want to send information to
Follow the instructions at the top of the page to link a new phone to your Google Account.
I can't find my phone

If your phone is missing, try using Android Device manager to locate it.

If you have the phone in your possession but Google can't find it to send information to:

  1. Open the Google Settings app .
  2. Tap Location and then Mode and then High accuracy.

Availability & requirements

For now, you have to be in the United States with your browser language set to English.

The Android device you want to link needs to have:

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