Are you looking for ways to further improve your digital life? If you are Android user, we have something interesting for you.
The folks at Google Support has posted some neat directions on how to connect your Android phone to Google, which then allows you to send information from your computer to your handset. By doing so, you are able to do a handful of useful things such as find your phone, send directions, send a note, set an alarm, and set a reminder. Interested? Read on to find out more.
First things first, you have to link your Android phone.
- First update the Google app that usually comes preinstalled on your device. On your phone, go to the Google App page on the Play Store, and click on Update.
- Once done with the update, open the Google App, then click on the Menu icon, then go to Settings, then Now Cards.
- Click on Show Cards to turn it on, then do the same on Show Notifications.
- On your PC, visit theAccount History Page, and make sure the switch button is ON (green color).
- Now on your phone, open the Google App again, and in the top left corner, click on the Menu icon.
- In the top left corner, you’ll see the email address that you registered for the Google app. This is usually the Google ID that you registered for the Play Store.
- Back on your PC, visit www.google.com. If you aren’t signed in already, click Sign In in the top right corner of the page.
- Sign in using the same Google Account you use for the Google app in (6).
- On your PC, do searches like note to self, or send directions to my phone.
- If a box doesn’t pop up with the option to send information to your phone, try refreshing the page. If this is your first time and you just turned on Google Now, it may take a few minutes for the box to show up.
Now comes the fun part. Below are some step-by-step details on how to send stuff from your PC to your Android.
Find My Phone
- On your PC browser, search on www.google.com for find my phone.
- If your phone is turned on and has internet connectivity, you’ll see your phone’s location.
- Otherwise, you can still make it ring for 5 minutes on full volume by clicking the Ring button. You can stop the ringing from your phone when you find it.
- Alternatively, you may also find your missing phone using the more traditional way via the Android Device Manager which lets you find your device or remotely ring, lock, or erase it.
Send Directions To My Phone
- On your PC browser, search on www.google.com for send directions to my phone.
- Enter in your destination and click on Send Directions To Your Phone.
- You’ll get a notification on your phone. Touch it to navigate to your destination using Google Maps.
Send A Note To My Phone
- On your PC browser, search for send a note to my phone using Google Search.
- Type your note in the box, then click on send note to your phone.
- You’ll get a notification on your phone with your note.
Set An Alarm
- On your PC browser, search on www.google.com for set an alarm.
- Choose the time you want the alarm to go off. Click Set an alarm on your phone.
- An alarm will now be set on your phone’s Clock app.
Set A Reminder
- On your PC browser, search on www.google.com for set a reminder.
- Type what you want to be reminded about, and either when or where you want the reminder to go off. Click Remind me on my devices.
- When it’s time for your reminder, you’ll see a Now card and a notification on your phone.
To make use of these features, unfortunately you need to be in the USA, with your browser language set to English. Also, your Android device that you wish to link to Google Search needs to be compliant of the following:
- The most recent version of the Google app
- Now cards turned on
- Web & App activity turned on
- Google Now notifications turned on
- Location reporting on “High accuracy” mode
Hopefully, this features gets rolled globally, as it further bridges the gap between the PC and our mobile phones. For people like me who spends an awful lot of time in front of the computer, having such functionality leaves me with a few less things to worry about.
How about you? What do you think of these new features from Google?