You Can Access Recent Photos and Videos from Phone on Chromebook’s Phone Hub Soon

Google is working on a feature that will let you access recent photos and videos from your phone on your Chromebook. Recent photos from your phone’s camera roll will soon start showing up as part of Phone Hub.

Note: This feature was first spotted during Google I/O 2021, as reported by Chrome Unboxed.
Phone Hub on Chromebook

Camera Roll in Phone Hub

Phone hub is a recent addition to Chrome OS. It is one of the major features that Google added to Chrome OS in recent months. Is it early to add new features to something as new as Phone Hub?

Google sure doesn’t think so.

Google is adding recent photos and videos from your connected Android phone’s camera roll to Phone Hub. This means you will be able to view and interact with your recent photos right from the task bar.

Sounds like something that you would use?

Google has added an experimental Chrome flag to Chromium Gerrit today for this feature.

Camera Roll in Phone Hub: Enables the Camera Roll feature in Phone Hub, which allows users to access recent photos and videos taken on a connected Android device.

You can view the feature request bug here. You’ll find links to internal Google design documents for this feature. If you are a Googler, go ahead and take a look at this upcoming feature.

If you are not a Googler, you might have to wait for a few more weeks before you can see this in action. You can also check this article after a couple of days for screenshots, and a possible video demo on our small YouTube channel here.


I have in many occasions waited for a photo to sync up to Google Photos so that I can access it on my Chromebook. This new feature might help me do that a bit faster. How fast will those photos be available on my Chromebook? That’s something that I will have to test and see.

Do you think this is a useful feature? Let me know in the comments section below.

Source: Chromium Gerrit.

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