Travel tip: How to send directions from your PC to your Android phone

Google has another handy way to get turn-by-turn directions from the web to your phone, showing how Chrome and Android are further linked together.

Heading out for a client meeting to a new location? Or are you out and about on work travel and not quite sure where your're headed? If you're at a computer and using Chrome, Google's browser can make the situation a little easier for Android device users.

Google introduced a new feature for Chrome that sends directions from your computer to your Android phone. And it's pretty simple: Just type "send directions" in the search bar of Chrome. A small web applet will appear in Chrome with the default location of your phone pre-set as the starting point. Enter in your destination and then click the "Send directions to my phone" option.


In the example above, I did a quick search for Icahn Stadium; we're headed there to attend a major track meet in the near future. Since I was already signed in to Chrome with my Google account, the browser already knows that I primarily use a Moto X handset, affectionately known by its model number XT1095.

For those with multiple Android phones, you can choose which handset to receive the directions. Note that this only works in the U.S. for now and has a few setup requirements: You'll need Google Now cards active on the phone and have location reporting set to "High Accuracy." Once I hit the button to send directions, they appeared on my Moto X in about five seconds.

Obviously, you can just use Google Maps or some other navigation app on your phone to find your way around. So this is more of a convenience: It can be quicker to type on a full computer keyboard than on a mobile device.

There are a few other ways to take advantage of this connection between Chrome on the desktop and Android that work the same way. Type "find my phone" in Chrome to see where your handset it or to make it ring. Likewise, you can set a reminder on your phone by typing "set a reminder" and choose the option to set it on your phone. "Set an alarm" can also be entered in Chrome but actually pushed to your Android handset or tablet.