Chrome is my iPhone and PC web browser of choice. For some time, I was looking for a solution to automatically sync bookmarks of Safari and Chrome web-browsers on my iPhone. Unsuccessfully. When using iPhone’s default Safari iOS app, I had had to manually send web pages (I wanted to keep and open later in Chrome) to Chrome bookmarks using the Safari’s share option.
But then, while installing iCloud on my Windows PC, I noticed this option:
This option found in iCloud software for PC merges the existing bookmarks from Safari and Chrome. All bookmarks on Safari and Chrome will be the same and will be synced. It looks like the primary goal of the feature is to sync Safari bookmarks from the Apple devices – iPhones, iPads, and Macs with bookmarks of browsers used on the PC. But as a side-effect, the bookmarks are auto-synced as well with Chrome (and Safari) you use on your iPhone or other Apple device.
However, my test showed that the bookmarks sync in the REAL TIME requires that iCloud client and Chrome RUN on the same PC. If any of them – the PC, iCloud client, or desktop Chrome, is turned off, synchronization will be delayed until the PC, iCloud client, and desktop Chrome are all running again. So, this probably isn’t a good solution for those who don’t use their PCs often.
Here are requirements to enable Safari-Chrome bookmarks syncing on iPhone via PC:
- Installed iCloud on a PC which has Google Chrome installed on it.
- Installed Chrome extension on the PC’s Chrome browser called iCloud Bookmarks, by Apple.
- Enabled Safari iCloud sync on iPhone (Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > Safari switch on)
- The account (Apple ID) on the installed iCloud software on the PC has to match iCloud account on your iPhone. And your Google account you use in Chrome on the PC and iPhone have to be the same. You have to be signed-in iCloud software and Chrome using these accounts in order to set up the sync feature.
- In addition, for the real-time synchronization iCloud software and Chrome have to be up and running on a PC, with the corresponding Apple ID and Google accounts signed in.
Here’s a quick guide for installing iCloud on Windows PC and enabling Safari – Chrome bookmarks sync.
On your PC, download iCloud for Windows setup file from Apple’s website. Run the downloaded iCloud setup file. During installation, this window will show up:
Make sure the checkbox near Bookmarks is checked. Click on the Bookmarks Options… button, select Chrome, and click on the OK button:
After clicking on the Apply button a pop-up window saying “iCloud Bookmarks extension for Chrome is required” will show up.
Click on the Download… button which will redirect you to the iCloud Bookmarks extension web page on google.com.
Click on the Add to Chrome button on that webpage to install the extension. Then click on Add extension.
That’s it. Now Safari bookmarks on your iPhone and other iOS and Mac devices will be in sync with bookmarks in Chrome browser on your iPhone, PC and other devices.
I still don’t know if there’s a way to enable the feature on iPhone, without a PC. I was looking for it on iPhone and on iCloud.com in web browser without success.
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