Nugget 29 – Firefox Share bookmarks, tabs and more with your other computers

You can use Firefox Sync to synchronize your bookmarks, passwords, settings, history, add-ons, and tabs with Firefox on other computers. First just set up Firefox Sync on your main computer and then add each of the other computers.
 
Firefox Sync lets you take all your Firefox data (such as your bookmarks, history, passwords, add-ons and open tabs) with you wherever you go. You just set up Firefox Sync on your home computer and your Firefox data will be securely stored on our servers and synchronized automatically from then on. Then, when you set up Firefox Sync on your work computer (or even your phone running Firefox), your Firefox data will be automatically synchronized with your home computer.

Firefox Sync

 
Firefox Sync makes it easy to surf the Web on your PC, get up and go and have everything (open tabs, saved passwords, browsing history and bookmarks) waiting for you on your phone just the way you left it. Ever tried typing in passwords or long URLs on your phone? Now you don’t have to – Firefox Sync will fill them in for you! And what’s more, the sync is two-way. So if you bookmark a great new site on your work computer, Firefox Sync will make sure that bookmark shows up on your computer at home.
 

Part 1: Set up Firefox Sync on your main computer

  • At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button (Tools menu in Windows XP) and select Set Up Sync. The Firefox Sync Setup window will open.
  • Click Create a New Account.
  • Fill in your account details:
  • Email address
  • Choose a password and enter it a second time to make sure you have it right.
  • Agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
  • Confirm that you’re not a robot!
  • To change what information gets synced, click Sync Options. The default is to sync your add-ons, bookmarks, passwords, preferences, history and tabs.
  • Finally, click Next.
  • You will see a Setup Complete! message. Click Close to close the progress window and take you back to Firefox. Don’t worry, your data will continue to be encrypted and uploaded in the background.

Note: This first sync should happen quickly but may take more than 30 minutes depending on how much information needs to be synced.
 
Part 2: Get the easy setup code from your other computer

Do these steps on the second computer that you are trying to add to Firefox Sync.

  • At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button (Tools menu in Windows XP) and select Set Up Sync. The Firefox Sync Setup window will open.
  • Click I Have an Account.
  • The code to add this computer will be displayed.

Part 3: Connect your other computer to your Sync account

Do these steps on the computer from Part 1.

  • Click the Home button (or type about:home in the location bar) to bring up the default Firefox home page.
  • At the bottom of the home page, click the Sync link to open the Sync settings window.
  • Then click the Pair a device link and the Firefox Sync Setup window will open.
  • Enter the twelve character code generated on your other device and click Next.
  • When the code is accepted you will see a Device Connected message and your device will immediately begin syncing. Click Finish to close the setup window.

What if I’m not near my first computer?

Do these steps on the second computer that you are trying to add to Firefox Sync.
If you are trying to add another computer to Firefox Sync and you are not near your first computer so that you can enter the code, you can still get it done by entering your account information.

  • At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button (Tools menu in Windows XP) and select Set Up Sync. The Firefox Sync Setup window will open.
  • Click I Have an Account.
  • Since you’re not near the device with Sync already set up, click the I don’t have the device with me link.
  • Sign in to your Sync account:
  • Enter your account email address
  • Enter your password
  • Enter your Recovery Key
  • Then click Next
  • You will see a Setup Complete screen. Click Finish to complete adding this device to your Sync account.

Learn more about Firefox Sync