Troubleshooting & How-Tos 📡 🔍 Mobile

Using Bookmarklets on Android

Bookmarklets on Android are tricky. Because mobile Chrome loads your bookmarks in a new list view, not a menu, when you tap on a bookmarklet, it acts on a blank page, not on the page you wanted to use it for.

If you have an app that provides a sharing intent, no big deal. You just share the page to that app, and you’re done. But if you want to run something on the page, or share it with a website that has a bookmarklet but not an app, it would be nice to be able to actually do that.

As it turns out, you can use bookmarklets in Chrome…through the search bar!

Update: This works with Firefox too!

  1. Pick a good name for it that you can get to auto-complete quickly.
  2. Type the name into the search bar when you want to run it.
  3. Tap the bookmarklet when it shows up in the drop-down.

Not quite as easy as tapping a button, but close!

Screenshot: Android Chrome bookmarklet for Delicious called via autocomplete