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Firefox or Chrome? Chrome or Firefox? We say both!

Each of these top browsers comes with its own set of awesome features, extensions, and hacks. Using them together doesn’t have to be messy and confusing. What you need to do is integrate their functions well. Once you do, you can just pick up where you left off whenever you switch between the browsers.

Here are ten ways to make Chrome and Firefox work in harmony.

Sync Your Passwords

There are various password managers that have both a Chrome and a Firefox extension. LastPass, now almost synonymous with password management, is one such option. Install it in both browsers to make password management and form filling effortless. LastPass syncs your passwords and logs you in to websites automatically. All you need to remember is the master password.

lastpass-extension

Not a fan of LastPass? Try RoboForm or 1Password. I prefer to use PasswordBox.

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Sync Your Bookmarks

Take your list of favorite websites with you while moving between browsers. Just install an add-on like Xmarks and you’re good to go. Your bookmarks stay up to date no matter which browser you’re using right now.

Xmarks also allows you to create sync profiles for bookmarks based on their relevance. So you can have separate groups for work-related bookmarks and personal bookmarks.

EverSync is another way to back up your favorites and keep them in sync on Chrome and Firefox. And how can we forget Pocket? It’s one of the slickest and most-loved digital bookmarking services around.

Use a Common New Tab Page

Your browser’s New Tab page is like that catchall bowl that keeps your keys, coins, and wallet ready to go. Maintain the same start screen across browsers. That way you won’t lose time searching for your most-used websites and functions.

FVD Speed Dial is one extension that makes your New Tab page super useful Make New Firefox Tabs More Useful With These Add-Ons Make New Firefox Tabs More Useful With These Add-Ons We all like to customize our things – it’s nice when they feel really ours. This is true for many aspects in life, and naturally, doesn’t skip computers, phones and software. If it’s possible to... Read More . It allows you to create speed dial groups, customize backgrounds, back up your dials, and more. You can even build a start screen yourself with Start.me.

Migrate Links and Tabs

Copy-pasting links from Firefox to Chrome is tedious, more so if you have a bunch of them. With Open In Chrome, you can shift all your Firefox tabs to Chrome in a single click. The extension appears as a context menu entry and as a toolbar icon. It supports opening of links within Web pages, too.

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Chrome’s Open With Firefox extension does something similar. It lets you migrate your Chrome tabs to Firefox. This functionality is handy when you find your browser acting sluggish due to tab overload.

If you use Xmarks or EverSync for managing your bookmarks, you can also use it to sync speed dials and open tabs across browsers.

Install Common Extensions

Wherever possible, install extensions that have both Chrome and Firefox versions. That way the interfaces and workflows will remain the same even when you switch browsers. Here are a few sample extensions to begin with:

shareaholic-extension

Port Useful Features

Chrome has several useful features that keep users trapped I Hate Google Chrome But I'm Trapped In It. Here's Why I Hate Google Chrome But I'm Trapped In It. Here's Why In the Chrome vs. Firefox war, I'm siding with the Google users. But I don't want to. Chrome is my browser of choice because it has features that I can't live without. Read More in it. Firefox also has some features that aren’t available to Chrome users Firefox Freedom! Four Things Chrome Doesn’t Let Users Do Firefox Freedom! Four Things Chrome Doesn’t Let Users Do Think Chrome can do everything? Think again. Here are four things Firefox users can do easily that Chrome users basically can't. Read More . The good news is that there are smart extensions available to bring some features from one browser to the other.

Fauxbar

If you’re a fan of Firefox’s Awesome Bar, bring it to Chrome with Fauxbar or Fauxbar Lite. Fauxbar appears as your New Tab page while you’ll have to open Fauxbar Lite through a keyboard shortcut or toolbar icon.

fauxbar-lite

Sidewise Tree Style Tabs

The hierarchy-based tab management style of Firefox’s Tree Style Tab add-on is popular and productive. Now you can bring it to Chrome with Sidewise Tree Style Tabs. The extension appears as a dockable sidebar that displays your tabs in a tree format. It’s still in beta, so you might encounter the odd hiccup or two.

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Hide Caption Titlebar Plus

This Firefox extension hides the title bar and gives you more screen space. It makes Firefox look a little more like Chrome.

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Match the Look and Feel

Take your Chrome and Firefox integration further by dressing them up in matching garb. Make Firefox look like Chrome Best Of Both Worlds: How To Dress Firefox In Chrome Clothing Best Of Both Worlds: How To Dress Firefox In Chrome Clothing Answer quickly: which is better, Firefox or Chrome? Browsers keep changing, computers keep changing, and most importantly, our needs keep changing. How many times have you changed your default browser in the past several years? Read More or vice versa. Choose themes that come from the same developer or that have the same source of inspiration. For example, if you use the LavaFox V2 theme on Firefox, also install its Chrome counterpart, LavaChrome. With the Stylish extension, you can also come up with a custom theme to use on both the browsers.

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Take Advantage of Common Keyboard Shortcuts

Certain keyboard shortcuts are standard across various browsers including Firefox and Chrome. For example, in both these browsers, Ctrl + T opens a new tab and Ctrl + D bookmarks the current page. Learn and use all common shortcuts like these to speed up your workflow. With Customizable Shortcuts on Firefox and Shortkeys on Chrome, you can even remap shortcuts as you please.

Share a Notepad

Whether you want to create a to-do list or make a note of something, having a digital notepad at the ready is important. A Web-based app like Writer or Simplenote is a good choice for this. It will auto-sync your notes. Keep the app in a pinned tab for quick reference.

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Sync Browser Behavior

You may not pay much attention to how your browser responds at every step, but it becomes a part of your workflow. For smooth transitions between Firefox and Chrome, tweak them to respond in the same fashion. Here are a few ways you can do that:

  • Use the same primary search engine and keyword shortcuts.
  • Set up a common Home Page.
  • Use the same Downloads folder.
  • Tweak tab behavior for similarity.
  • Have a common social media dashboard and workflow.

Remember to check our take on the best Chrome extensions The Best Chrome Extensions The Best Chrome Extensions A list of the best extensions for Google Chrome, including suggestions from both our readers and our writers. Read More and the best Firefox add-ons The Best Firefox Addons The Best Firefox Addons Firefox is famous for its addons. But which addons are the most useful? Here are the addons we think are best, what they do, and where you can find them. Read More . It’s sure to give you more ideas on how to keep Chrome and Firefox in perfect sync.

Do Your Browsers Walk Hand in Hand?

Make it easy on yourself to go back and forth between your favorite browsers. Only then your browsing experience will be seamless and time saving. We have focused on Chrome and Firefox in this article, but you can apply this approach to any other set of browsers.

What do you do to make Firefox and Chrome play nice with each other? Share your tricks in the comments.

  1. Internet guy
    May 30, 2016 at 1:03 am

    Hello Akshata,

    Your article says "Use the same primary search engine and keyword shortcuts."
    To my knowledge, the ability to sync these is unfortunately still not added to Firefox / Chrome. Not between each other anyhow.

    Here I've posted / requested more information on this here.
    https://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/comments/4ljztg/advanced_firefox_to_chrome_bookmark_sync_with/

  2. congaman100
    March 23, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Xmarks no longer works with Firefox!

    • Caleb
      April 14, 2016 at 10:01 am

      what makes you say that? website still shows firefox compatibility and it is available in firefox add-on search.

  3. Shane Harris (Patch)
    September 10, 2015 at 6:04 am

    I would recommend papaly.com for a new tab page, it has both Chrome and Firefox extensions and it is super useful and easy to use.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      September 10, 2015 at 7:30 am

      Thank you for pointing that one out, Shane!

  4. A41202813GMAIL ..
    June 17, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    The Extensions For CHROME And OPERA15+ Are Mostly Compatible.

    I Just Wish Developers Would Create Equivalent Extensions Both For FF And CHROME.

    The Developer Of *FEBE* Is Not Interested In Creating Something Alike For CHROME Because He Is Faithful To FF - Or So He Says.

    I Would Love To Use That Extension On The CHROME Browser Family Side.

    Sigh...

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      June 18, 2015 at 9:48 am

      It's not a complete replacement for FEBE, but Chrome sync backs up your extensions afaik.

      • A41202813GMAIL ..
        June 18, 2015 at 11:28 am

        Thank You For Responding.

  5. Ryan Campbell
    June 17, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    What I would like to do is share the Flash game saves between each. Since Chrome disabled Unity and whatnot, I have to use FireFox, but have a ton of saves that cannot be transferred, as far as I can tell :-(

  6. Kevin Liske
    June 17, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I wouldn't go so far as to say that the tips "integrate" Firefox and Chrome. You are making the look and feel the same which makes your experience easier to switch between the two programs. But the reality is that you are still using two different and separate programs that don't actually work together or with each other. I had already done many of the tips on my own and never think of them as integrated. I just do it because sites are sometimes written for specific browsers and don't work well in others. And yea, I sometimes have to use IE because some schmuck thought an IE specific site is a good thing.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      June 18, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Hey Kevin,
      Matching the look and feel of both browsers may not fall under "integration" one hundred percent, but I think the sync features provided by services like Xmarks and PasswordBox certainly do.

  7. ringhalg
    June 17, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    In the past, I have had problems with Xmarks syncing bookmarks across my browsers. This issue seems to have been sorted. I use LastPass for password management, and sometimes taking secure notes.

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      June 18, 2015 at 2:00 am

      I have issues with Xmarks adding in a bunch of empty folders on my bookmarks bar.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      June 18, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Unfortunately, Xmarks sync can be quite vexing at time, ringhalg. Also, LastPass was hacked recently. I hope you have updated your master password and keep two-factor authentication enabled.

      • ringhalg
        June 18, 2015 at 10:04 am

        I received the warning about LastPass being hacked and have changed my master password. I don't use TFA , but I know I should be.

  8. Danny Peck
    June 17, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Wow great article! Thanks! An avid user of both browsers and got some great tips here! Well done.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      June 18, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Thank you, Danny! Happy to hear you found some useful tips :)

  9. Antonio Gil
    June 17, 2015 at 3:03 am

    I've been aware of some of these ways to integrate Firefox and Chrome (and Opera Chromium): LastPass, XMarks are the most important; the shared download folder comes next, the TineEye, HTTPS Everywhere, etc., but there are a couple of features that I miss on Chrome/Opera:

    - The ability of "Open" a file, instead of "saving" it. (Yes, I know that in both cases the file is downloaded to my computer, but at least for me there is a huge difference between me deciding where to save that file, to the browser "decide" where to save it (in the TEMP folder)).
    - Load tabs on-demand, and not loading all tabs while loading the browser (again, there are a similar feature on Opera (I haven't checked on Chrome), but it doesn't load pinned tabs by default, as Firefox does).

    But, on the big picture, everything works smooth as intended.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      June 18, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Hi Antonio,
      Sadly, the load tabs on demand seems to be an FF feature only. While you can't do much about that you can fix the Saving a file to a location of your choice problem in Chrome.

      First, navigate to Chrome Settings and click on Show advanced settings. Then under Downloads, check the box next to Ask where to save each file before downloading. That should do the trick.

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