Google Chrome is the most widely used browser in the world, especially when looking at both desktop and mobile users. Chrome is packed full of useful extensions that can add functionality for almost any task that you wish to accomplish.
Your Android device, with the Chrome app installed, gives you access to a Bookmark Widget, that allows you to place your bookmarks on your Android Home screen.
By adding your most commonly accessed favorites to your Android Home screen, you can save yourself the time and effort of having to open Chrome, and manually sort through your bookmarks.
Add Your Bookmarks to Your Home Screen
Adding Chrome bookmarks to your Android Home screen is easy! The name of the Widgets selection may be Apps & Widgets, depending on your Android device. Other than that, instructions are straight forward making this a simple process.
- Tap and hold on the Home screen to which you want to add a Chrome Bookmark
- Select Widgets (or Apps & Widgets)
- Tap and hold the Chrome Bookmark Widget, then drag it to the Home screen
- Choose your bookmark from the list displayed
You can add as many bookmarks as you want from Chrome, but please note that bookmarks managed by plug-in and extensions will not be available, all standard Chrome bookmarks are all there.
Another great feature that goes side by side with adding Chrome bookmarks to your Android Home screen is the synchronization of bookmarks. By setting up cross-device sync, you can make certain that all your bookmarks are always with you, regardless of which device (desktop or mobile) you are using.
Setting up Chrome Sync
You will need to configure Chrome’s Sync feature for each of your devices. Take a look at the instructions below for details guiding you through this easy process, for both desktop and Android.
Chrome Sync for Android
Whilst you are prompted to configure Chrome Sync upon the first run of Google Chrome, if you neglected to setup this feature, then follow these easy steps:
- Open Google Chrome
- Open a New Tab
- Tap the third icon on the right, resembling a folder with two arrows
- Tap Enable Sync
- Configure your synchronization preferences
Chrome Sync for Desktop
When enabling Chrome Sync for your desktop you may want to disabled sync of apps & extensions, as the set of plug-ins that you use for your PC may differ completely from the needs of your Android device.
- Open Google Chrome
- Click the Chrome Menu
- Click Settings
- Click on Advanced Sync
- Either select Sync All, or configure individual preferences
Adding bookmarks to your Android Home screen from other browsers
Following the instructions for adding a Chrome bookmark above, you should be able to easily add bookmarks from any other browser on your Android phone or tablet.
The process for adding widgets from competing browsers is exactly the same. Some browsers, such as Dolphin and Chrome, even allow you to add a bookmark to your Home screen immediately upon creation of the bookmark.
To add a new bookmark to your Home screen, when finding a page you’d like to favorite, simply tap the menu button in your browser then scroll down and look for an option named “Add to Home screen”, as it is labeled in Chrome, or a similarly named alternative in your browser of choice.
If you are a Firefox user then you will need to tap and hold on the address of the website that you wish to bookmark and then choose “Add to Home screen”
Hope this helped, Adding Google Chrome Bookmarks to your Android Home screen.