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[How-To] Sync Firefox Across Multiple Computers and Devices

Monday, 4 April 2011, 10:57 | Firefox, How-To | 0 Comment | Read 923 Times
by Vaibhav Pandey

Not sure if you are aware of this, but Firefox does have a feature which allows you to synchronize the settings you enjoy on your Firefox installation to other Firefox instances running on other computers. I have personally found this feature useful – as it allows me to access my bookmarks, surfing history, recently closed tabs and even the security and privacy policy used on the firefox installation and copy that to the new firefox installation on a different computer.

This article lists down step by step instructions on how you can synchronize Firefox across multiple computers. In order to make use of the feature you should be using the latest Firefox 4. You can get the latest version of Firefox from www.firefox.com

1. Launch Firefox and navigate to Tools -> Setup Sync.

Setup Sync on Firefox 4

2. Assuming you have never used Firefox Sync before – click on Create Account button.

How to Setup Sync on Firefox 4

3. Enter relevant information. Assuming you are totally new to Firefox Sync, use Firefox Sync Server. However, you can also setup a customer server.

How To Sync your Browser in Firefox 4

4. You will be provided with a Sync Key. This is a very important key and will be used for syncing back data to the server and pull data from the server.Keep the key safe and do not make it fall into the hands of anyone else.

Sync Options Firefox 4

5. You can also configure what all should be synced by pressing the Sync Options button.

Now that your have a Firefox Sync account, securely access your Firefox history, bookmarks, tabs and passwords across your computers and devices. On a new computer, setup up Sync and login to the firefox account you created in step 2 and 3 above.

You can also Sync your Firefox data on your Android device and also iPhone. Here is how you can go about it

1. For those of you who use Android – Install Firefox 4 for Android by visiting Firefox.com/m on your phone’s default browser.

2. Launch Firefox on your phone, swipe to Tools » Preferences and tap on Connect. A single-use sync code will appear.

3. Then come back to the Firefox menu on your desktop, select Firefox » Options (Win) Preferences (Mac) » Sync » Add New Device and enter your sync code.

For those of you who use iPhone – Download and launch Firefox Home. Tap on Setup Firefox Home and a single-use sync code will appear. Then go to the Firefox menu on your desktop, select Firefox » Preferences » Sync » Activate New Device and enter your sync code.

If you use Google Chrome as your default browser – you can setup Sync on Google Chrome too.



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