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Google Chrome gets an interesting new feature. It allows you to generate a QR code for the page you are currently browsing. The generated QR code encodes the URL of the page. It will be possible to read with a compatible device, such as your phone’s camera, and quickly exchange the URL between devices.
The Google Chrome feature for sharing the URL of the page using the QR Code now works. Read this blog post to learn how to activate and use this feature.
For several months, Google has been working to introduce a new feature in the Chrome browser for the desktop that allows users to share the URL of a web page in the browser via QR Code.
Starting with the latest version of Chrome in Canary Channels, the company has introduced a new flag called “Page Sharing via QR Code”. Once this flag is activated, it will add a new entry to the right-click interface to activate the URL of the page via a generated QR Code.
Enabling Page URL Sharing via QR Code in Chrome
If you’re eager to get your hands on this new feature of the Chrome browser, you need to do the following:
- Start the new Chrome tab and visit the address of this flag: chrome://flags/#sharing-qr-code-generator
- Use the “Activate release page via QR code” drop-down list to change the settings from “Standard” to “Activated”.
- Click the “Restart” button to apply the changes.
At this point you have successfully activated the feature. To share a Chrome Browser for Desktop web page URL to your mobile phone via the QR Code To do this, you need to do the following:
- First, make sure that you are using Chrome in the Canary Islands channel v84.0.4116.5 or higher.
- Go to the web page you want to share.
- Next, right-click on the page and select “Generate QR code for this page” from the menu.
Your friends or colleagues can then scan the QR code on the screen with their phone’s camera or any QR scanning application to open this web page on their own device. At the moment, the function does not seem to work as it generates empty QR codes. It is obviously still in the testing phase, and it remains to be seen when Google will introduce it on a large scale.
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