You purchased a Pixel 3 (or Pixel 3 XL), and you want to connect it to your Chromebook. Why bother with this? There are actually a few good reasons.
The most obvious (especially for those on the go) is instant tethering, a feature not found with all Android/Chromebook combinations. With instant tethering, you can forgo the usual steps of tethering your Chromebook to your Android device, as it automatically happens when your devices are within communicating distance of each another. The second reason is that your phone serves as a means to auto unlock your Chromebook.
Finally, you can send and receive SMS messages to your phone from your Chromebook. Best of all, it's incredibly simple to set up. In fact, when you first set up your Pixel 3 (with the same Google account as your Chromebook), it automatically prompts you to configure the devices. However, should you miss this opportunity, I'll show you how to set it up.
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What you need
The only things you need are a Chromebook, a Pixel 3 (or Pixel 3 XL), and a Google account. I'll assume you already have those three things in-hand and that you have your Pixel 3 and Chromebook associated with your Google account.
Log into your Chromebook and open the Settings app. From there, click on Connected devices (Figure A).
Click the Set up button and then, when prompted, click Accept & continue (Figure B).
In the next screen, type your Google account password to continue. Once you've authenticated, you'll see the devices are immediately paired (Figure C). Believe it or not, that's how easy it is to connect your Pixel 3 to your Chromebook. You are ready for these two devices to start interacting.
In the final screen (Figure D), you can configure the available options for the connection. The Smart Lock feature offers the option to Unlock device or unlock device and sign into Google account. Click on the Smart Lock entry to configure this option.
If you want to be able to send SMS messages through your Chromebook, you'll need to do one final step. Click the set-up button on the last screen. In the resulting screen (Figure E), you'll see a QR code.
Open the Messages app on your Pixel 3 and tap the menu button. From the menu button, tap Message for Web. In the resulting window (Figure F), tap the QR code scanner button and then scan the presented code from your Chromebook.
This will create a web app for Android messages. You can pin that app to the Chromebook taskbar for easy access. Take note: Use this feature with caution, as anyone who has access to your Chromebook has access to your phone's SMS messages. In other words, if you send sensitive company information via SMS message, think twice about enabling this or always make sure your Chromebook is locked when you're not using it.
With this connection between the Pixel 3 and Chromebook, your busy life will become more efficient. This particular pairing is one of the simplest, most convenient phone/laptop connections you'll ever use. For anyone constantly on the go, give this paring serious consideration.
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