Saturday, January 19, 2013

How to Sync Dolphin Browser with Google Chrome

With the recent update to Dolphin, which came out 1-2 days ago, the sync extension for Chrome and other browsers have been re-added, in a much more stable form according to the Dolphin team.

The update brought one-touch sharing to other devices, the ability to share tabs over other devices via WiFi, and Evernote integration. The update can be downloaded from the medium where you got it.

One of the features mentioned above was the reinstatement of the Dolphin Sync extension, which allows you to sync bookmarks, history, open tabs, and more depending on your settings. You can use Dolphin Connect by creating an account with Dolphin, or using a third party services like an already existing Google account (which is what I use).

Set up sync on Dolphin Browser

The first thing you need to do is get sync set up on your Dolphin Browser install on your mobile device.

Press the bottom menu bar and then press "more". In the settings window that will open, choose Account & Service. Then choose Dolphin Connect, and pick one of your preferred ways of signing in to sign in. After you set up Dolphin Connect, you're ready to sync with Chrome. Below are some guiding images, from my Dolphin Browser review a few months ago.

Okay, the option "Account & Sync" is now "Account & Service". Both are still the same thing
Setting up extension on Google Chrome
Now that you have Dolphin Browser set up, you can now connect Dolphin Sync to Chrome. First off, click here to go to the Chrome store and grab the extension. Go ahead and read the info about it if you want, then install it. After installation a new tab should open with the Dolphin Sync config that will allow you to sign in using the same credentials/method used on your device.

After you log in, you can choose what kind of data to sync, both from the extension and web interface and as well as the device in which Dolphin Sync is set up on. If you wish to sync passwords, you'll have to create another password to encrypt the passwords, sort of like a master password used in Firefox.

Once the extension is installed, a button will be added to the extensions area to the right of the omnibox (the address bar). Clicking the button will open a small drop-down with your devices listed, and the default keyboard shortcuts for sharing a page to your device.
To get to your extension settings, click your name. At this moment, you can't just right click on the extension button and choose options. I will ask Dolphin about this issue and will notify all of you of a response, if I get one.

You can edit your keyboard shortcut for sending a page to a device. As you can see above in the picture, my keyboard shortcut for the phone I set this up on was CTRL + ALT+ 1.

Finally, to share a page from Dolphin to your computer, press the menu button  (assuming you are on Android), and choose more. After that, choose share page. A new page will open that allows you to choose what device to send the page too. Choose a Chrome setup and a tab should open up in Chrome instantly, or in a few seconds at the most.