Open Tabs From Mobile Safari On Your Mac OS X Mountain Lion Machine Via iCloud [OS X Tips]

Open Tabs From Mobile Safari On Your Mac OS X Mountain Lion Machine Via iCloud [OS X Tips]

I got really used to using Chrome on my desktop and laptop Macs before Mountain Lion came out with Safari 6 at its heels. I try to use Chrome on my iOS devices, for the history and bookmark synching, I really do, but more often than not, I end up using mobile Safari, because a) it’s the default for all clicked links in other apps and b) I really, really like Reader.

Now, if you’re using Safari on both your Mac and your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you’ll be pleased to know that you can access the tabs you’ve opened on your iPhone on your Mac, and vice versa, as long as you’re using iCloud. Let’s take a look at how we do this.

First of all, make sure you’re logged into iCloud on your iOS device as well as your Mac. On your iPhone or iPad, you’ll launch the Settings app and tap into iCloud, then enter your credentials. On the Mac, launch System Preferences from the Apple Menu, the Applications folder, or your Dock, and then navigate to the iCloud preference pane with a click. Enter your iCloud email address and account password, and you’ll be logged in.

Next, launch Safari, and notice the little iCloud icon to the left of the integrated search bar. See it? Cute, right? Click on it and you’ll see a list of websites that you’ve opened in mobile versions of Safari, on your iOS devices that are logged into iCloud with the same account information as the one on your Mac. They’ll even be sorted into device-specific lists if you have more than one iOS device logged in and using mobile Safari.

Pretty slick, right? Now you can connect your iOS and Mac browsing in a fairly simple, straightforward, easy to use way.

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  • harpua420

    Pretty slick… until your wife picks up your iPad and sees what you’ve been doing up in your office all night. There is no way to turn this off unless you stop Safari syncing altogether on your mobile device. Even then, someone could always turn it back on. So far Ive found the only workaround from OSX is to turn on Private Browsing, but that never stays off as a permanent setting. You have to remember to always turn it on. So yeah, the iCloud can be pretty damn dangerous, or embarrassing at the least.

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