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What is Chrome OS Phone Hub and how do you use it?

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If there’s one thing Apple beats Google at, it’s integration between devices. Macbooks, iPhones, iPads and other Apple devices work together seamlessly and share files, messages, video calls, etc. Will the Google ecosystem ever achieve such integration? It’s not quite there yet, but things are getting better and the Chrome OS Phone Hub is a huge step in the right direction.

Chrome OS Phone Hub is Google’s solution to streamline your Android and Chromebook experience, sync certain elements, and keep Android and Chrome OS to collaborate. We’ll tell you all about the topic in this feature, so let’s get started right away.

Also read: What is a Chromebook and what can it do?

What is Chrome OS Phone Hub?

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The Chrome OS Phone Hub is Google’s way of connecting Android and Chrome OS to collaborate and collaborate. The feature aims to provide a seamless experience when switching between Google devices and enhance the synergy between Chrome OS and Android.

Chrome OS Phone Hub allows your smartphone to automatically share the data connection with your Chromebook. You can also send and receive text messages through the Messages app and sync Wi-Fi networks between gadgets. It can also fetch notifications and recently used Chrome tabs for faster operations, or even use your phone as a Smart Lock connected gadget for quick unlock.

Alternatively, the Chromebook can alter a phone’s settings to some degree. It is possible to turn off your Android smartphone or locate the phone from Chrome OS. Plus, you can view important information, such as phone battery status or network status, right from your Chrome OS laptop.

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Set up Chrome OS Phone Hub

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The Chrome OS Phone Hub is a native tool built into Chrome OS. It can be easily configured, without the need for additional applications or downloaded tools. It’s all built into the operating system and setup is a breeze. You can do it all right from the settings as your Chromebook and Android phone meet the minimum requirements.

Minimum Requirements for Chrome OS Phone Hub

  • Your Chromebook must have version M89 or later.
  • The phone requires Android 5.1 or higher.

All relatively new Chromebooks or Android phones should meet these requirements. If yours does, set up the Chrome OS Phone Hub using the steps below.

Set up Chrome OS Phone Hub

  1. On your Chromebook, open the Settings app.
  2. Enter Connected devices
  3. below Connected devicesyou should see android phone† Click on the Established button next to it.
  4. Click on the Select a device drop-down menu and select the phone you want to connect to. All devices associated with your Google account will be listed.
  5. Touch Accept & Continue
  6. Confirm your Google account by entering and selecting your password Done
  7. Select Done again.

Link your Messages app:

You are almost ready for prime time! Unfortunately, the Chrome OS Phone Hub doesn’t sync your Messages app automatically. You have to link it yourself. Let’s walk you through the process.

  1. On your Chromebook, open the Settings app.
  2. Enter Connected devices
  3. Tap your smartphone, under Connected devices
  4. Next Messagestouch Established
  5. You will see instructions on your screen, but we will go through them just to be sure.
  6. On your Android phone, open the Messages app.
  7. Press on the menu with three dots knob.
  8. Select Pair device
  9. Tap the QR code scanner knob.
  10. Scan the code displayed on your Chromebook.
  11. Done! Your messages should be synced. You can now view and send text messages from your Chromebook.

Using Chrome OS Phone Hub

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Now that you’re all set, you’ll see a phone icon on the right side of the screen in your taskbar. Tap or click it and you’ll see a few options. Among which Enable hotspotSilent phoneand locate phone† You will also see network and data information here and your phone notifications will be displayed in this section. In addition, you can click on the Gear icon to open the Chrome OS Phone Hub settings.

Using this section is quite simple. Here you have access to all information and functions of your phone.

What else can you do with Chrome OS Phone Hub?

The Chrome OS Phone Hub isn’t as comprehensive as we’d like, but it packs some neat tricks up its sleeve and more will be added in the future. You can view all features via Settings.

How to access the Chrome OS Phone Hub settings

  1. On your Chromebook, open the Settings app.
  2. Enter Connected devices
  3. Tap your smartphone, under Connected devices
  4. Here you will see all available options and functions.

Now that you know where to go, it’s time to talk about what each feature does.

What is SmartLock?

This is a feature used to make it easier to unlock your devices. This allows you to bypass the security measures on the lock screen when specific conditions are met. For example, you can use it so that your phone doesn’t ask for authentication when it’s being worn, in a specific location (like your home), or when a trusted device is nearby (like a smartwatch).

In the case of Chrome OS Phone Hub, it ensures that your Chromebook does not require authentication when your phone is nearby.

What is instant tethering?

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Instant Tethering allows you to share your phone’s internet connection with your Chromebook. This means you can use your Chromebook as long as you have a data connection on your handset and it is close to your Chromebook.

About Phone Hub Settings

below Phone Hubyou should see some options: Recent Chrome Tabs and notifications† Enabling it will allow your Chromebook to pull said information from your phone, so you can easily access such information when you’re using your Chromebook, without having to look at your phone.

What about WiFi sync?

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Instant Tethering keeps you connected to mobile data, but what if you’re in Wi-Fi range? That’s what Wi-Fi Sync is all about. This feature synchronizes the Wi-Fi network credentials between both devices. This means that your Chromebook connects to a Wi-Fi network when you access it from your smartphone. You do not need to enter passwords on both devices.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Calling via the Chrome OS Phone Hub is unfortunately not yet possible. It’s a highly requested feature, though, so there’s a good chance it’s in the plans.

While this would be a great feature for dual phones, you can only pair one device to Chrome OS Phone Hub at a time.

The only requirement is that your phone is running Android 5.1 or higher.

Your Chromebook must be running Chrome OS version M89 or later to use the Phone Hub.

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