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6 handy Android tasks you can do from Google desktop search

Ben Patterson | June 4, 2015
With Google search loaded in your browser window, you're only a few keystrokes away from checking off some of your daily Android to-dos. For starters (as I noted recently), you can set an alarm on your Android device directly from the Google search box in your browser.

With Google search loaded in your browser window, you're only a few keystrokes away from checking off some of your daily Android to-dos. For starters (as I noted recently), you can set an alarm on your Android device directly from the Google search box in your browser.

Read on for six more ways Google search and your Android device can work together, starting with...

1. Send directions to your Android device

Picture this: You've got an important meeting in the big city and you don't want to get lost along the way. You pulled up the directions using Google Maps on your desktop, but there's no obvious way to send those directions to your phone.

Now, you could just fire up the Google Maps app on your handset and dig up the directions again, but there's an easier way.

Go to Google search on your desktop, type send directions to phone into the search box, then click Search.

A form will appear with a map of your phone's current location and a blank marked "Where do you want to go?" Fill in the blank with an address, a landmark, a restaurant, you name it. Once Google has pinpointed your destination, click Send directions to my phone.

Within a few moments, Google Maps will open on your phone, complete with the address marked on the map. Just tap the blue button at the bottom of the screen for your directions.

Bonus tip: If you own, say, both an Android phone and a tablet, you can choose which device to send directions to by clicking the pull-down menu in the top corner of the "Send directions" window — and yes, this applies to the following five tips, too.

2. Find your phone

Hmmm, let's hope your missing-in-action Android phone is just hiding under a sofa cushion. Here's a quick way to find out.

Head for Google search in your desktop browser and type find my phone. When you do, Google will pinpoint the location of your missing handset (assuming it's powered up and has an active data connection) on a map just below the search box. Click the "Ring" link to make your phone's ringer sound off, then just follow the ringtone.

If your phone is really lost, click the bubble above the blue dot on the map to jump to the Android Device Manager. From there, you can remotely lock or even wipe your phone.

3. Add an event to your Android calendar

You've got a can't-miss meeting to add to today's agenda. Instead of digging up your Android phone and launching the Calendar app or opening Google Calendar in your browser, save both time and keystrokes with this Google search-powered shortcut.

 

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