Google Tone

Google Tone

Broadcast any URL to computers within earshot.

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What is Google Tone?

"Google Tone" is a unique Chrome extension that uses your computer's speakers and microphone to share URLs with nearby computers connected to the internet. It enables users to share any web page, including news, images, documents, and more. The receiving computer needs to have the Google Tone extension installed and turned ON. This innovative tool also requires users to be logged into their Google account, and its efficiency may depend on the conditions such as internet connection, noise level, and microphone capabilities.

Users: N/A
Rating: 3.59 (641)
Version: 2.0.7 (Last updated: 2023-11-09)
Creation date: 2016-06-28
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Very low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
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  • cookies
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Size: 1.09M
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Google Tone turns on your computer's microphone (while the extension is on) and uses your computer's speakers to exchange URLs with nearby computers connected to the Internet. You can use Google Tone to send the URL for any web page, including news stories, pictures, documents, blog posts, products, YouTube videos, recipes—even search results. Any computer within earshot (including over a phone or Hangout) that also has the Google Tone extension installed and turned ON can receive a Google Tone notification.

You need to be logged into your Google account to use Google Tone, and your Google profile name and picture will be displayed with the URL in a Google Tone notification.

To receive a URL with Google Tone, Chrome needs to keep your microphone on. Google Tone may not work in loud spaces, over a distance, with a poor Internet connection, or on computers without a microphone or with a microphone incapable of detecting sound broadcast by Google Tone.

By installing Google Tone, you agree to the Google Terms of Service and Privacy Policy at Google Tone collects anonymous usage data in accordance with Google’s Privacy Policy.

User reviews
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  • Innovative and creative concept.
  • Useful for teachers to quickly share URLs with students.
  • Convenient for quick sharing of URLs with others.
  • Frequently stops transmitting and needs Chrome restart.
  • Constantly listening, causing discomfort to some.
  • Often shows 'Tone couldn't hear itself'.
  • High CPU usage.
  • Lack of updates.
Most mentioned
  • Issues with Tone not hearing itself.
  • Desire for option to manually control microphone.
  • Extension's continuous listener mode causing discomfort.
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Risk impact

Google Tone is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this extension. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install Google Tone if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

Google Tone has earned a good reputation and can be trusted.

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