Safari is the natural choice for those who invest in Apple’s iOS, iPadOS and macOS ecosystem. That said, Safari is only available on iPhone, iPad and Mac. You cannot therefore access its bookmarks, history and other data on Android, Windows or Linux. If you’re looking to get away from Safari, there are a few popular cross-platform browsers such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox. Among these three, the Firefox browser may be the ideal choice for those leaving Safari and want to import their bookmarks and other data.
There are many reasons to choose Firefox over Safari. It is available on all major platforms – Android, iOS, Windows, macOS and Linux. And like Safari, Firefox also focuses on user privacy to provide a secure web browsing experience. So, if you plan to use Firefox only on your Mac or on your Windows or Android device, we recommend that you sign up for a Firefox account to synchronize your data between devices.
The transition from Safari to Firefox is not as easy as you think. You may want to import bookmarked web pages from Safari to Firefox. After all, you’ve built the playlist over the years and also want to port it to Firefox.
In this article, we are going to talk about the three best ways to import Safari bookmarks to Firefox. Let’s start.
1. Import bookmarks from an HTML file
Firefox allows you to import bookmarks from an HTML file. But first, you need to create such a file using data from Safari browser. Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Open the Safari browser on Mac and tap the File menu at the top.
2nd step: From the File menu, select Export Bookmark.
Step 3: It will create an HTML file and ask you to rename it and save it to a preferred location on the Mac.
Step 4: Download the Firefox browser from the official source. Open the browser.
Step 5: Create a Firefox account and tap the Bookmark menu at the top.
Step 6: Select Bookmarks> Show all bookmarks.
Step 7: This will open the bookmarks manager. Now press the arrow button at the top and select the Import bookmarks from HTML option.
Step 8: Select the HTML file saved on the Mac and it will import the bookmarks.
2. Import settings and data from Safari
Firefox offers functionality that can import preferences, bookmarks, history, passwords, and other data from other browsers.
Step 1: Open the Firefox browser and tap the Bookmarks menu at the top.
2nd step: Select Bookmarks> Show all bookmarks or press Shift + Command + Keyboard shortcut B on Mac. This will open the bookmarks manager.
Step 3: Now press the Import-Export button at the top and select Import data from another browser.
Step 4: The option will open the import wizard and allow you to import data from Safari, Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Edge Beta on Mac.
Step 5: Select Safari and press continue. It will ask you to import bookmarks and other data. Tap Continue and it will import the data instantly.
3. Use iCloud to import Safari bookmarks to Firefox on Windows
The tips mentioned above apply only to macOS users. However, if you’ve switched to the Windows operating system and want to import Safari bookmarks, we’ve got you covered.
Fortunately, you can act with the iCloud app on Windows. Follow the steps below to import Safari bookmarks to Firefox on Windows.
Step 1: First, you need to download the Firefox browser for Windows from the official site.
2nd step: Download the iCloud app from the Microsoft Store on Windows.
Step 3: Open the app on the PC and sign in using Apple sign-in information.
Step 4: Tap on the Bookmarks menu and select Options.
Step 5: It will open the dialog box that allows you to use iCloud bookmarks with installed browsers.
Step 6: We have already installed Firefox on PC. Tap the Firefox option, and it will ask you to install the iCloud Bookmarks extension from the Firefox store.
Step 7: Press the install button in the browser, and it will download and install the iCloud Bookmarks extension on Firefox Windows.
Step 8: Select the extension icon and it will synchronize Safari bookmarks with Firefox. Synchronization works here in both directions. In the future, if you bookmark a web page in the Firefox browser, the extension will sync the bookmark with Safari using iCloud.
I like the third option. Even if you want to return to the Safari browser in the future, you can be sure that the Firefox bookmarks are already on the Safari browser using the iCloud extension.
After following any of the above methods, you can simply sync the Safari data that you imported into your Firefox account for use in the Firefox browser on Mac, Windows, Android, iPhone or iPad.
Start your web journey with Firefox
As you can see from the list above, you can easily import Safari bookmarks to Firefox. If you plan to use Firefox on Mac, consider using the first two options to import web bookmarks from Safari. If you are switching to Windows OS, use the third option which uses iCloud to export the bookmarks.
Firefox is a pleasure to use with the built-in add-ins. Read the post below to find the fifteen best Firefox addons.
Last updated on May 6, 2020
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