How to Share to Google Plus from Safari for iPad or iPhone

If you’re a regular Google+ user and also often on your mobile iOS device, it can be frustrating to try to share a page you’re browsing to your Google Plus circles. Here’s a solution using Java script in a Safari for iOS bookmark, shared with me by Peter du Toit.

Step 1 – Copy the script below exactly as it appears:

javascript:void%20window.open(‘https://plus.google.com/share?url=’%20+%20encodeURIComponent(location.href),%20′_blank‘,%20′width=500,height=500′)

Alternative: While the script above works fine, you may prefer to use Google’s own bookmarklet script – thanks to +Ronnie Bincer and +Daniel Johansen on Google+ for pointing me to this:

javascript:void(window.open(‘https://plus.google.com/share?ur\l=’+encodeURIComponent(location), ‘Share to Google+’,'width=600,height=460,menubar=no,location=no,status=no’));

Step 2 – Email or text the copied script to yourself, and copy it again on your iOS device. (I suggest copying it from a desktop/laptop browser and sending it to yourself because some mobile browsers don’t display the entire script above.)

Step 3 – Open any web page in Safari on your iOS device.

Step 4 – Tap the “Add or Share” icon at the bottom of the Safari screen:

Share icon on Safari of iPhone

 

Step 5 – Tap “Add Bookmark” and save the page as a Bookmark.

Step 6 – Back at the Safari page, tap the Bookmark icon:

Safari iPhone bookmark icon

 

Step 7 – Tap “Edit” at the bottom of the Bookmark window, and then tap the bookmark you saved in Step 5.

Safari for iPhone bookmarks button

 

Step 8 – Change the name of the Bookmark to something like “Share to G+” and replace the entire URL in the second line with the script you copied in Step 1.

Safari for iPhone edit bookmark screen

 

Tap “Done” until you’re back in Safari, and your new Share to G+ bookmarklet is ready to use!

How to Use the Share to Google Plus Safari Bookmarklet

To share any web page you’re browsing on your iOS device, just tap the Bookmark icon at the bottom of the Safari window (see Step 6 above). Then tap “Share to G+” (or whatever you named your bookmarklet).

A new Safari window will open with the familiar Google+ share window. Note that you should be logged in to the Google account linked to your Google+ account in Safari first.

(Hint: Let the entire share window load before trying to add a comment, otherwise you might find your keyboard disappearing.)

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Mark is Director of Digital Outreach for Virante Inc. Mark helps businesses build strategies to increase brand influence and attract natural links and social signals. He has a special reputation as an expert on Google+ and Google Authorship. A former teacher, Mark has worked directly in Internet marketing since 2005, but has been involved in social media and online community formation since the mid 1990s. When not helping Virante clients improve their online presence, Mark participates in competitive storytelling, plays with a Dixieland street band, and (surprise) spends more time on the web.

Comments

  1. Nice work-around Mr. Mark! Seems like it should be easier, but then again a lot of stuff ‘should be easier’ but just isn’t, right?!

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