How to sync your bookmarks, history, saved passwords and more – using Google Browser Sync

by Ross McKillop on September 17, 2006

Firefox

This tutorial will guide you through installing and setting up Google Browser Sync for Firefox.

Google Browser Sync for Firefox is an extension that continuously synchronizes your browser settings – including bookmarks, history, persistent cookies, and saved passwords – across all of your computers. If you use Firefox on more than one computer (home and work, several at home) Google Browser Sync is a plugin you have to use. More info on Google Browser Sync can be found here.

  1. Visit http://www.google.com/tools/firefox/browsersync/index.html and click the link titled browsersync.xpi to install Google Browser Sync for Firefox.
  2. When prompted, click the Install Now button
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  4. After the plugin has been installed, restart Firefox.
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  6. Before Firefox actually opens, the Google Browser Sync Signup Wizard will launch. After reading the warning, click Next to continue.
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  8. Enter your Google Account information in the spaces provided. If you don’t have a Google Account already, use the link on this page to create one. Click Next to continue.
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  10. Select Standard as the installation type. The Advanced settings can be accessed later, if you wish. Click Next to continue.
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  12. Review the suggested guidelines and then create a PIN. Again, click Next to continue.
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  14. Finally, click Finish.
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  16. You should notice the Google Browser Sync button in the upper-right corner of Firefox.
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  18. Now you’ll want to install Google Browser Sync on your other computers running Firefox. Install the plugin the same way you did for your first computer. This time, after you enter your Google Account information, you’ll be asked for your PIN. This is because Google has recognized that you’ve already installed and set up the plugin on one computer. Enter your PIN and then click Next to continue.
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  20. Google Browser Sync for Firefox will now “import” all of your bookmarks, history, saved passwords etc. This process can take a few minutes.
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  22. Click Done.
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  24. Notice that the Google Browser Sync button is now in the upper-right corner of Firefox on your other computer as well.
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  26. If you happen to be nearby your first computer and Firefox is still opened, don’t be surprised if it “signs you out”.
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  28. That’s it – you’re done. If you have additional computers that you’d like to sync, install the Google Browser Sync plugin on them as well. As long as it’s installed and running, your Firefox bookmarks, saved passwords, persistent cookies and history will be synced across all instances.
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    Good tip

  • John

    The OnlineBookmark Synchronizer is a little simpler in my opinion. If your using a synchronizer, you might also consider FEBE and CLEO extensions. Look them up. With those 3 extensions, I move bookmarks, themes and extensions between Seven copies of Firefox easier than customizing each.