If you are using Firefox or Chrome and do not know about syncing your browser, you may be losing out on what you use the most when you move between computers. Sync, for both browsers, allows you to sync your bookmarks, passwords and other files so you have access to them no matter where you are browse.
Sync is a great feature that helps users who move from location to location or simply have multiple computers in one home. Our guide will show you how to get started with Chrome Sync and Firefox Sync, so you can see just how they work and what you have been missing out on without utilizing this great feature in your browser of choice.
How to use Google Chrome Sync
Open up Google Chrome and click the “Wrench Icon” in the top right hand of the browser window.
Now, click “Sign in to Chrome…” from the drop down menu.
From here, you want to login to your primary Google account.
If this is your first time using Chrome Sync, you want to make sure you have a Google account or service set up. If not, you will need to create one and you want to do this from a secure computer. Once you are ready to go, enter your login details and click “Sign in” to get started with Google Chrome Sync.
A pop-up will appear asking your confirm your sync settings, before moving forward, click on “Advanced” in the lower left hand corner of the pop-up.
This will open up the sync settings for you to tinker with. From here, you can choose what is synced, whether or not you want to encrypt data and even create a password to stop someone who gains access to your Google account from being able to sync your browser data.
When you are finished with the settings, click “Ok” to save them.
Now, click “OK, sync everything” to begin the sync process.
It will take a few moments for Chrome to sync your information to your Google account. Now, anytime you login to that Chrome account from another computer, your settings will be imported and updated to reflect where you first set up the Chrome sync.
If at any time you wish to disconnect Chrome sync, click the “Wrench Icon” in the top right hand of the browser.
Then, click “Settings.”
Under the “Personal Stuff” header, you can click “Disconnect your Google Account…” to turn off the Chrome Sync.
You will be prompted to confirm the decision, and if you are sure, click “Disconnect account” to finalize the process.
From here, you can access your bookmarks, passwords and more across computers using Chrome.
To read more about Google Chrome Sync, visit Google’s web site.
How to use Firefox Sync
Open up Mozilla Firefox, and click the “Firefox” dropdown menu in the top left hand corner of the browser.
Now, click “Set Up Sync…”
You will need to create an account with Mozilla before moving forward, so click “Create a New Account” to get started.
Choose an e-mail address, password and choose where you want to save your data. For most users, selecting the Firefox Sync Server is the best choice.
Enter in the CAPTCHA, agree to the Terms and Conditions and click “Continue” to create your account.
Once created, you can begin syncing your Firefox information.
Now, when you open Firefox and follow the same steps, the sync tool will prompt you to pair a device, since this is your first time using Firefox Sync, you will enter the code you were given when first creating the account.
This will sync Firefox between browsers, and your data will populate into your browser for you to access.
If at any time you want to sync Firefox data, but do not have the device handy, you can have a recovery key created so you can access your data.
Make sure to save or write this information down somewhere safe.
Just like with the Google Chrome sync, you can opt to choose what data can be saved and shared across browsers.
Firefox sync can be a little more difficult to work as seamlessly as Chrome Sync, but once a user has it down, they can take advantage of what Firefox Sync can do between computers.
To read more about Mozilla Firefox Sync, visit Mozilla’s web site.
Does syncing your browsers really make life easier between computers?
If you own multiple computers or have access to secure computers in various locations, utilizing a sync feature in Chrome or Firefox can save you the trouble of having to remember web site URLs, passwords and other data that makes it easier to browse the web like you are used to. For some users, however, the security questions syncing browser data between computers can be too much to handle and they will opt to browser primarily from their main computer.
Depending on what you do with your computers and where you use the Internet, utilizing a sync feature could be a great way to stay on top of what you do online without having to remember how you go about doing it.