The internet is the lifeline or a way of living nowadays. Needless to say, it is associated with our every single breath, and that is the reason, we come across hundreds of links we might be interested in. But life is fast, and sometimes you might come across something really interesting on your office computer just before you take your last sip of coffee before heading back to your home, or in such a situation when you do not have enough time in your hand to review it or add it somewhere, where you can find it later. But, karma won’t forgive you if you don’t read that interesting article, and you will stay awake all night.
Chances are there, you are already using ‘Pocket’ or any such app to bookmark links, and read get them directly on your smartphone. But it is not recommended to sign in to your personal accounts on a shared computer. Even if that is not the case, you might not be confident about the link and might not want to add garbage to your reading catalog, which you have handcrafted with a lot of care for the last few years. Well, I am going to share one of the easiest tricks, which I frequently use, to share links from any computer to my smartphone. And the best thing is, you do not need to sign in with any of your personal credentials for this.
What you just need, is a browser, where you are reading this tutorial, and a smartphone, where you want to carry out different activities on the link or URL. This trick works on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. It worked like a charm.
So let’s get started with the tutorial for both Chrome and Firefox. Make sure you are allowed to add plugins to a browser if you are using a shared computer, or a computer at some institution.
Steps to generate or convert a link into a QR code on Google Chrome.
Step 1: Open the Chrome Web Store and search for ‘Quick QR Code Generator’. You can even open the following link to directly go to the app page. Click on ‘Add to Chrome’ to add it to your Chrome browser.
Step 2: Once it is added to the Chrome browser, you can find the icon for the app at the top right corner of the screen.
Step 3: Now visit your favorite website from the Chrome browser and click on the Quick QR Code Generator icon. On doing that, you will instantly get the QR code for the website link. You can even download the QR code by clicking on the ‘Save image’ button just below the ‘QR’ button.
Step 4: Now you just need to pull out your smartphone and scan the same to visit the link instantly on your smartphone. No hassles to bookmark, send or share the link in a helpless situation.
Most smartphones already come with pre-installed QR and barcode scanners, and if your smartphone supports Google Lens, you can easily scan QR codes with Google Lens by opening Google Assistant.
This is one of the best QR code generators you can use to create QR codes from the links hassle-freely. This is a live QR code generator, which means, you can even edit the link manually in the QR code box, and the change will be made immediately in the QR code image itself.
You can even change some settings for the app to turn things your way, lest it is not fulfilling your needs, or you want some sort of customized results. But the default settings should work flawlessly, and I will not recommend you to change the settings for the app.
Step 5: Just right-click on the app icon and click on ‘Options’.
Step 6: The settings will open in a new tab, where you can change the size of the output QR code image. The default size is 300 pixels.
Step 7: You can even change the foreground and background color and set a transparent background, as well. Once you are done, tap on ‘Save’, and your settings will be changed as per your requirements.
On Mozilla Firefox
Step 1: The steps are pretty similar on Mozilla Firefox, as well. Just open the Mozilla Firefox add-ons page. You can directly visit the Mozilla Firefox add-ons page here.
Step 2: Now search for the ‘QR Code Image Generator’ add-on. You can even visit the download page of the add-on through this link. Click on ‘Add to Firefox’ to download and install it.
Step 3: Once the installation is done, you can get the icon for the same on the top right corner of the browser where all your add-on icons exist.
Step 4: Now visit your favorite website, and click on the add-on icon to get the QR code for the link you have visited. The QR code should now be instantly available to you. You can even save the QR code to your computer’s local storage by clicking on the link that appears at the down-most part of the app window.
Unfortunately, there are not so many options to set or configure in the following Firefox add-on, but you can even generate QR Codes for normal plaintexts by clicking on the ‘Free text’ tab.
If you want to carry on with your tasks on a website or want to carry on reading an article on your smartphone after turning your computer or laptop off, this is by far the best way of sharing links from a computer to a smartphone. It doesn’t matter, which platform you are using, either on your computer or smartphone. May it is Windows, Linux, or Mac, or Android or iOS on your smartphone, this tutorial should work like flawlessly for you. Unfortunately, you cannot share links from your smartphone to your computer through this tutorial, and thus, it is a one-way solution. Well, something is better than nothing.
Hope the tutorial will be helpful for you while sharing links from your computer to your smartphone. Did you face any troubles? Feel free to comment it down below.
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