Share & send web pages from a Windows PC to Google TV with Chrome to TV
Notebook computers are ubiquitous these days. It’s not uncommon to see someone typing away & navigating the web on a laptop in their living room, while comfortably lounging on the couch. Many of my friends do this on a daily basis, making their living room their personal base of operations.
If you’re a Google TV owner, you have probably wondered if it is possible to easily share & send links, websites & web pages to your Google TV from your Windows laptop. After all, if you’ve got a huge HDTV staring back at you from a living room wall, why watch that new YouTube video on the small screen? Well now you don’t have to!
Google TV has a very under-publicized feature aptly dubbed Chrome to TV, which allows you to send website URL’s to your Google TV from the Chrome browser, with just one click. If you’re familiar with the Chrome to Phone browser extension, then you’re halfway there, as Chrome to TV uses that same mechanism.
Enable Chrome to TV on your Google TV
From your Google TV device, press the home button, click All Apps, navigate down to the “Settings” app & click it, navigate down to “Input device” and click it. Navigate down to the “Chrome to TV” as shown below and click it.
Chrome to TV welcome screen
After clicking the Chrome to TV input device, you’ll be greeted with the Chrome to TV welcome screen, which describes the feature as shown below. Click Next to continue.
Select a Google account for use with Chrome to TV
This next screen asks you to confirm or select the Google account that you’d like to use with Chrome to TV. I’ve blotted out my account name in the image below for privacy/security.
Chrome to TV link action preference selection
The next Chrome to TV setup screen asks you if you’d like to have links launch automatically after they’re sent to your Google TV or if you’d prefer to manually launch them. I prefer to auto-launch the links, but you can experiment with both options to see what you like best.
Complete your setup of Chrome to TV
That’s it, click the Finish button as shown below to complete your Chrome to TV setup!
Install the Chrome to Phone extension on your Windows PC
As the completion screen is so kind to inform you, you must now install the Chrome to Phone extension on your Windows laptop. If the link in the previous sentence doesn’t work, just go to the Chrome Web Store and search for “Chrome to Phone” to find the extension.
Start sharing & sending web pages from your Windows PC to Google TV with Chrome to TV
After you install the Chrome to Phone browser extension, you’ll see a small icon in the top right corner of the Chrome browser that consists of a yellow arrow pointing to the right along with a little phone. Click that icon and it will prompt you to login with a Google account. Make sure to login with the same Google account that you used in the Chrome to TV setup. Once logged in, you can now begin sending web pages, links and URL’s to your Google TV from your Windows PC! Any time that you want to send a link to your Google TV, simply click the Chrome to Phone icon, as shown in the screenshot below.
Web page links will automatically launch on your Google TV
If you’ve configured Chrome to TV to automatically launch links, the web page will automatically show up on your Google TV with no further action required, as shown below.
Enjoy using Chrome to TV!
Share & send web pages from an Apple MacBook or ChromeBook to Google TV with Chrome to TV
An astute reader would probably notice that the above instructions don’t require the Windows Operating System whatsoever. As long as you have the Chrome browser, you can easily send links to your Google TV, whether you’re using an Apple MacBook, a ChromeBook or any other OS that the Chrome browser is available on!
The instructions listed in this article were created utilizing a Sony NSX46GT1 46″ HDTV Google TV device with firmware (Android) version 3.1 and build number 2011111402_AAV_ORSC.2011111411323.