Chrome OS may sync Wi-Fi configurations between your Chromebook and Android phone

Slowly but surely, Google has been improving the “Better Together” strategy that integrates the user experience between Chromebooks and Android phones. The latest feature in the works is for Chrome OS to sync your Wi-Fi network settings and credentials between the two devices, according to code commits found by 9to5 Google this week.

Like most new features for Chrome OS, this one will be hidden behind an experimental flag; at least at first. I’m currently running the Chrome OS 86 Dev Channel on one of my Chromebooks and don’t see yet. When it appears, possibly in 86 but I’m thinking more likely in 87 since work just began on the feature, you should find the flag at chrome://flags/#wifi-sync-android

According to developer comments, this is a two-way sync, meaning it will be beneficial whether you get either a new Chromebook or a new Android phone.

When signing in and setting up the new device, your Wi-Fi network configurations and passwords should sync from the old device, saving time to get connected.

Well, at least it will save time if its a new Chromebook that you add: I’d think you’d first have to get that Chromebook on a network before it can sync from Google’s cloud and get your Wi-Fi network information. At least phones have LTE for that first connection to get wireless network information.

Regardless of that potential limitation, I’m all for anything that makes Chromebooks and Android phones work better together (yeah, I went there). I moved over from my iPhone 11 Pro to an older Pixel 4 with the Android 11 beta earlier this month and I’m super happy with how it’s worked out so far.

About the author

Kevin C. Tofel has covered technology since 2004. He's used ChromeOS since Google debuted the CR-48 in 2010, reviewing dozens of Chromebooks since then. He worked for Google's Chrome Enterprise team from 2016 to 2017, supporting the launch of Android app support. In his free time, he uses Chromebooks to learn software engineering at Launch School. In 2019, Kevin joined the CS Curriculum Committee at his local community college.

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One thought on “Chrome OS may sync Wi-Fi configurations between your Chromebook and Android phone

  1. It is about time we have something like this. I’ve always wondered why if my wifi was stored on my Android phone, it couldn’t automatically sync with my various Chromebooks. My father-in-law has a giant large wifi password that is on some sticky note and I’m always over there with a different Chromebook or a Powerwashed device and need to grab it from him.
    If only I could login to my Google account at home and have my wifi passowrds synced that would be awesome.

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