Eddystone-URL: how to enable Physical Web in Chrome?

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Estimote Beacons can broadcast URL addresses as part of the Eddystone-URL packet. Chrome browser, on both iOS and Android, can detect these URLs and display them as notifications. You can use that to prompt users to visit your website or download an app that delivers an improved experience in your venue.

To learn more about Eddystone and Physical Web, read:

How to enable Physical Web in Chrome on iOS

On iOS, URL addresses are available in the Today view whenever you’re in range of a beacon broadcasting Eddystone-URL.

To enable Physical Web notifications:

  1. install Chrome
  2. add Chrome widget to the Today view in Notification Center
  3. make sure you have Bluetooth on and Location Services enabled for Chrome

Remember that Chrome’s Physical Web implementation only supports HTTPS addresses. HTTP URL will not be displayed.

How to enable Physical Web in Chrome on Android

On Android, URL addresses are delivered as  low priority notifications with the Physical Web icon whenever you’re in range of a beacon broadcasting Eddystone-URL.

To enable Physical Web notifications:

  1. make sure you have Bluetooth on and Location enabled
  2. grant Location Permission for Chrome in the app’s settings
  3. if you do not receive notifications, open Chrome and go to chrome://flags/ address. Tap Physical Web and choose Enable

Remember that Chrome’s Physical Web implementation only supports HTTPS addresses. HTTP URL will not be displayed.

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