November 22, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
The Android Browser app and Chrome browser have a sizable portion of the same DNA thanks to shared roots in WebKit. Yet, Google doesn’t have an official means to sync bookmarks between the phone and desktop after two years of working to make Android as useful and cloud-friendly as possible.
PhoneMarks is an Android app that serves as a gap-filler for people who want to sync bookmarks between Chrome and Android. I’m not happy that PhoneMarks directly requests my Google password rather than linking with a authorization token, but people willing to trust the app can have their mobile bookmarks always stored and synchronized.
Once a user has installed both the PhoneMarks app and Chrome extension, he or she will be able to quickly add bookmarks for storage and sync in case they have to wipe their phone or switch devices. Here’s how to set it up.
- Download PhoneMarks from the Android Market and then download the Chrome extension.
- Enter your password and link to the same Gmail account. Then click the PhoneMarks icon in Chrome and Grant access to the app.
- In Chrome, click the wrench icon and select “Bookmarks Manager.”
- Click the Other bookmarks folder and press Organize > Add Folder to create a folder called “Mobile Bookmarks” Drag bookmarks to the new folder or create new ones.
- In Chrome, click the PhoneMarks icon and click Sync. Then open PhoneMarks on your Android device and follow set-up instructions. Press Sync button and you should see “Last updated ___.” If a “Not found” message appears, make sure to click the Sync button in Chrome.