True Cross-Device, Cross-Browser Surfing with CloudyTabs

Ever since my wife upgraded to iOS 7, she's not felt the need to jailbreak her phone. In turn, she's not been able to use Google Chrome as her default browser on either her iPhone or iPad mini. Since she uses Chrome on her MacBook Air has her default browser, she can't take advantage of Apple's iCloud Bookmarks feature.

Until now.

Meet CloudyTabs by Josh Parnham. CloudyTabs is a OS X taskbar item that allows you full access to the tabs you have open in your other iCloud-enabled mobile devices like an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. (I say mobile devices because there is a cavaet, which I will get to in a moment). With a simple click, CloudyTabs will show you what you've got open and allow you to click the name of the open tab to view it in your default browser on your Mac. It's perfect for starting to read that lengthy New York Times op-ed on your iPad, and finishing it in more relative comfort at the office (or home).

There is one minor drawback I found, while writing this article actually. You cannot open a tab in a non-iCloud browser (think Google or Firefox) and have it sync to your iCloud Bookmarks. This is because these applications do not - and likely never will - write to Apple's iCloud API, either because they choose not to or because Apple has not opened iCloud Bookmarks up to other browers. I'm honestly not sure because I'm a Safari user by nature, so I couldn't tell you.

Don't think that because you use Safari already, you won't benefit: I find it handy to see my open tabs, across all my devices, without having to open my browser first. One click and I'm finishing up an article I first started on my iPad at work. There's even a handy option to start CloudyTabs during login, so it's always there when you need it.


If you or someone you know isn't taking full advantage of iCloud Bookmarks just because they're not using Safari on their Mac, point them in the direction of CloudyTabs. It's a great way to get the most out of this handy iCloud feature, and best of all, the app is free.