How to Use Firefox Sync

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If you use Firefox at home, at work and on your phone, you may want to sync your bookmarks, history, preferences and tabs across all of those devices. The Firefox Sync feature makes this easy to do, and all you need to do is sign up with an email address and password.sync5 469303

Firefox Sync also lets you share add-ons between desktop versions of the browser, so you won't need to re-download each extension and utility when you start using a new computer. Here are instructions for how to sign up for Firefox Sync and sign in on other devices. 

How to Start Using Firefox Sync

The below screenshots show the process on a system running Windows 7, but the same steps apply for Firefox on Windows 10 and Apple's OS X.

1. Click the menu button in the top right corner.


2. Click "Sign in to Sync."sync2

3. Click Create Account.sync3

4. Enter an email address, password and your age, and click Create account.sync4

5. Click Save settings. Uncheck the boxes next to any content you don't want to sync.


6. Click Open to navigate to your email account.sync6

7. Click Activate now.sync7

You're using Firefox Sync. Uncheck items you do not want to sync.screen shot 2016 05 27 at 2.12.11 pm

How to Sign in to Firefox Sync on a Mac or PC

The below screenshots show the process on a system running Windows 7, but the same steps apply for Firefox on Windows 10 and Apple's OS X.

1. Click the Menu button in the top right corner.secondary01

2. Click "Sign in to Sync."secondary02

3. Click Sign In.secondary03

4. Enter your Firefox Sync email address and password and click Sign in.secondary04

This computer will sync Firefox data with your primary computer.secondary05

How to Sign into Firefox Sync on iOS

1. Tap the address bar.i1

2. Tap the Cloud icon.i2

3. Tap Sign in. 


4. Enter your Firefox Sync email address and password, and tap Sign in.i4

5. Tap Don't Allow or OK to disable or enable notifications. i5

You've set up Firefox Sync on an iOS device.


How to Sign into Firefox Sync on Android

1. Tap the address bar.a12. Tap Synced Tabs.


3. Tap Get Started.a3


4. Tap "Have an account? Sign in." screenshot 20160527 150104

5. Enter your Firefox Sync email address and password, and tap Sign in.a4

6. Tap Never or Remember if you want Firefox to forget or save your login credentials.

a5You've set up Firefox Sync on an Android device.aend

Author Bio
Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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  • John Bale Says:

    I have applied your above steps and want to say that the steps are very simple and I have easily signed in to my Mozilla Firefox Sync on a system. Once, I couldn’t configure my Mozilla Firefox then I got my solution from this site

  • Peter Says:

    All this may be understood by Mr. Casey who is, after all a English Literature.
    However to me, and I suspect multitudes of others, it is complete gobbledegook!
    All I want to do is to sync my MBPro to my iPad. I have looked everywhere, tried everything, but in the end have decided to stick with good old Safari on the ipad, because, frankly, the so-called instructions bear no relation whatsoever to what I see on my MBpro or ipad screens.
    Goodbye Firefox and good riddance!

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