Can’t find tabs from other devices in chrome?

In addition to moving the recent tabs around, Google has also changed it’s TOS to let it use your photo and name in it’s ads.  Learn how to disable this “feature”

Note: This feature, while obviously old, has been slightly changed with the newer versions of Chrome.  The location of the feature is the same, but some of the wording has been changed.

For those of you who don’t know, Android users who are using Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich  or better can sync tabs and settings between the phone and the desktop browser.  So if you reading an article at the house, you can pick up where you left off on the train, or later on at the office.  It used to be on the new tab page nestled under a nice, easy to see button (see image below).  Now, however, it has been moved elsewhere.

Chrome 24 Recent Tabs location
Chrome 24 Recent Tabs location, circled in red



Now, it is located under the menu, in a little section called “Recent Tabs

Recent Tab Menu in Chrome
Notice the Recent Tabs menu. Sneaky.

For those of you who want to revert to the old way, just type about:flags in your omnibar and find Revert to the Old New Tab Page.  Just find “Enable Instant Extended API” and set it to “disabled.” This should bring back the old new tab with history and recently closed at the forefront.

In addition to moving the recent tabs around, Google has also changed it’s TOS to let it use your photo and name in it’s ads.  Learn how to disable this “feature”

  • Theresa

    Thank you kindly 🙂

  • Aleksa

    Thanks for a great tip. Tabs on other devices is (almost was) something extremely convenient.

    Plus you discovered a whole new world of about: flags.

  • Matheus

    Thak You.

  • GErson

    Thank you so much for the tip. This new tab page is really fucked up. being able to reach tabs opened in other devices is one of the major reason why I even use Chrome at all. Taking it away was the stupidest move ever. Thanks God it can be reverted with this trick. Thanks a lot for sharing!

  • Nate

    Thank you! This was driving me nuts.

  • Michael

    Thank you for figuring this out. Part of why I love chrome is the seamlessness of going from device to device. Doesn’t make sense why Google made it so that you have to search for this function

  • Bayu

    Great! This feature is so important since sometime I need to reopen page from Nexus 4 on desktop. Glad you share it! 🙂 thanks

  • Kim Tranjan

    Thank you!

  • william

    Recent Pages and Tabs from other devices are all merged into the Chrome History page.

    Took me a little while to wrap my head around this…

  • Faro

    Thanks a lot!!!!! This info is not even in the chrome help page.

    • You are quite welcome. Nothing worse than when a company changes a products functionality without updating the help guide first 🙂

  • Thanks. I could find it on my Android phone but was having trouble on my laptop.

  • hotdice

    these methods do not work for me. I still can not find other devices. it is not on recent tabs which contain only this computer and not under history. what is an omnibar anyway? about:flag did not compute. and yes I am synced. I have always used google chrome because i could see other devices. if i know longer can there is no sense in using it as it is a memory hog.

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  • mik

    Thanks for this. I thought the previous way optimized brilliantly. Google has been really letting me down with their product “updates” lately.

  • julie

    thank youuuu

  • Benny

    Thanks a lot.

  • Wow, they’ve tucked away such a useful feature. Thanks for the tip!

  • Seems the trick of disabling chrome://flags/#disable-instant-extended-api doesn’t ever exists in Chrome 33.0.1750.117.


  • PabloRDinella

    Well, here this feature does not sync the tabs at the same time, wich is a pain..

  • James

    This feature is removed, I checked today to apply it and it wasn’t available in the Flags section or has a different name.

  • It is still there in my version of Chrome Version 37.0.2062.94 beta-m (64-bit)