Transferring URLs from Firefox to a Smartphone

QR Code

Today, my friend Alex was trying to type in the URL for a webpage I had open on my PC into his Android phone. And I thought out loud that it would be a weekend project to write up a Firefox app to generate the QR Code of the URL for the current tab. Alex being Alex, he immediately created a bookmarklet in Firefox to generate the QR Code and then used that QR Code to browse to the webpage he was typing into his phone.

The bookmarklet is so handy, I decided to post it here (after some cleanup and modifications from Alex’s original version). So, here is the script for the URL QR code generator bookmarklet.

javascript:(function(){window.open("http://qrcode.kaywa.com/img.php?s=8&d="+window.location)})()

You can use any QR Code reading app on your phone to read the URL. I have an Android (T-Mo G1) and I use the free ‘Barcode Scanner’ app available in the Android Marketplace.

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