Firefox’s rock-solid performance, extensive library of extensions, and wide cross-platform availability make it the perfect alternative to Chrome. It’s also great for maintaining user privacy. If you’ve been using Chrome for a while, then you must have accumulated a significant amount of browsing data. And to switch to Firefox without wasting time, you need to import your Chrome bookmarks and passwords. How are you doing that?
On the desktop, there are several approaches you can take to import your Chrome browsing data into Firefox. Let’s see them below.
Note: You cannot import Chrome bookmarks and passwords into mobile versions of Firefox. However, you can import the browsing data from Chrome into Firefox on a desktop and then use Firefox Sync to access it on your Android or iOS device.
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If Firefox and Chrome are not on the same computer, use one of the methods below to transfer your browsing data to Firefox.
1. Use Chrome sync
Using Chrome Sync is the easiest and safest way to import your passwords and bookmarks into Firefox on another computer. The method requires that you have a Google account (it’s free).
Once you’ve signed into Chrome with a Google Account, just sync your bookmarks and passwords using Chrome Sync. Here’s how Chrome Sync works in detail.
Follow up by installing Chrome on PC or Mac with installing Firefox, and sign in with the same Google account to sync your Chrome browsing data locally.
Once that’s done, use Firefox’s Import Wizard – as per the instructions above – to easily import Chrome’s browsing data. You can then remove Chrome from the computer if you want.
2. Use an HTML or CSV file
If you don’t have (or want to create) a Google account, you can still import your Chrome favorites and passwords into Safari using HTML and CSV files.
Firefox provides native means to import bookmarks via HTML file. You need to export your Chrome bookmarks first (if you already have them, skip to step 4).
Step 1: Open the Chrome menu, point to Favorites, and then click Bookmark Manager.
2nd step: Click the plus icon (three dots) in the upper right corner of the Bookmarks Manager, and then click Export Bookmarks.
Step 3: Specify a destination, then click Save to export the bookmarks to an HTML file.
Step 4: Copy the exported HTML file to the computer with Firefox using removable media or other means.
Step 5: Open Firefox, then press the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + B to access the library. Next, click on the Import and Save option in the upper right corner of the library and then select Import bookmarks from HTML.
Step 6: Select the HTML file, then click Open.
Firefox will import the contents of the HTML file. You won’t get a notification once the browser finishes importing bookmarks, but expect to see them in the library almost immediately.
Firefox does not offer the ability to import passwords from a CSV file. While there are third-party tools online that claim to import CSV data into Firefox, they pose a serious privacy and security risk.
Therefore, the best way to do this is to install Chrome on the computer along with installing Firefox, import the contents of a CSV file (originally exported from Chrome to the other desktop device), and then d ” use the Firefox Import Wizard to import passwords. directly.
Step 1: First, export your Chrome passwords to a CSV file.
Point: Here’s how to export Chrome passwords to a CSV file.
2nd step: Follow by installing Chrome on the desktop that contains your Firefox installation. Then import the browsing data from the CSV file.
Point: Check out our guide to import Chrome passwords from a CSV file.
Step 3: Once you’ve done that, use the Firefox Import Wizard to import the passwords from Chrome.
If you don’t want to worry about exporting passwords to CSV and then importing them back into Chrome, consider using Chrome Sync instead.
Importing Chrome passwords and bookmarks into Firefox is quite easy, as long as both browsers are located on the same computer.
The process gets a bit complicated if they aren’t, especially when it comes to passwords. In this case, avoid using any third-party utilities to import Chrome passwords into Firefox and stick to native ways to keep your privacy and security safe.
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Last updated on Jul 29, 2020
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