9 Ways to Sync Firefox and Chrome: Bookmarks, Passwords, and More
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Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome? We say both!

These top two browsers come with awesome features, extensions, and hacks. It’s easy to switch between them seamlessly if you keep your data in sync across them. Let’s explore nine ways to do that and make Chrome and Firefox work in harmony.

1. Use a Common Password Manager

LastPass extensions for Chrome and Firefox

Many popular password managers come with a Chrome extension as well as a Firefox add-on. LastPass, 1Password, Keeper, Bitwarden, Dashlane, and Roboform are a few of your best options.

For any password manager you pick, install the corresponding Chrome and Firefox extensions. After you do that, filling forms and passwords in both browsers is painless. All you need to remember is the master password. And there’s zero effort involved in syncing your data!

If you don’t want to install the extensions, you can still use the service’s web portal to access your passwords anytime. You can even import your passwords from Chrome and Firefox into the third-party password manager you use.

2. Sync Your Bookmarks

Raindrop bookmarks app interface

Raindrop is one of the best options for carrying your list of favorite websites with you everywhere. Its free tier lets you gather unlimited bookmarks, turn them into collections, and carry them across unlimited devices. With a paid subscription, you can do a lot more—create nested collections, remove broken links and duplicates, and so on.

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.

If you have a Google account, you can also use Google Bookmarks to access your favorite websites from any browser. We must warn you that it’s not as advanced as the other options above, but it just might work for you. Your Google Bookmarks are different from the Chrome bookmarks that sync with your Google account if you have set up Chrome sync.

3. Switch to a Common Speed Dial

FVD Speed Dial Chrome extension preview

Call it the speed dial, the new tab page, or the homepage. Whatever you call it, that start screen keeps your most-used websites and functions handy at all times. It’s like the catchall bowl by the door that keeps your keys, coins, and wallet ready to go.

You can tweak the start screen in both Chrome and Firefox with the in-built settings. But, we recommend using a third-party solution to keep it in sync across all browsers. FVD Speed Dial is a good option here. It allows you to create speed dial groups, customize backgrounds, back up your dials, and so on.

Want alternatives to FVD Speed Dial? Try Speed Dial 2 or Yay! Another Speed dial!. The latter can sync your bookmarks too! And did you know you can build a custom start screen yourself with Start.me?

4. Install Common Extensions

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

  • Evernote Web Clipper (Chrome | Firefox): To capture items from the web and add them to your Evernote account
  • The Camelizer (Chrome | Firefox): To display price history and get discount alerts while shopping
  • OneTab (Chrome | Firefox): To reduce tab clutter and save browser memory

5. Port Useful Features

Tree style tabs in Chrome with Tab Tree extension

Consider yourself trapped in Chrome due to a specific feature or two? Find certain Firefox features or extensions irreplaceable? The good news is that with a few smart extensions you can import the features you need from one browser to the other.

For example, you can bring the popular hierarchy-based tab management style of Firefox’s Tree Style Tab add-on to Chrome with Tab Tree. The latter displays active tabs in a tree format, which is accessible from the extension’s toolbar button. A more popular alternative to Tab Tree is Sidewise Tree Style Tabs. Unfortunately, the extension hasn’t seen an update in a while.

Want more extension ideas along similar lines? Try:

Google Apps launcher in Firefox

6. Keep the Look and Feel Consistent

Take your Chrome and Firefox integration further by dressing them up in matching garb. Choose themes that come from the same developer or that have the same source of inspiration. For example, if you use Dark Theme for Firefox, also install its Chrome counterpart, Dark Theme for Chrome. With the Stylish extension, you can also come up with a custom theme to use on both the browsers.

Like Chrome’s material design look? Bring that to Firefox with MaterialFox or ChromeFox.

7. Memorize Common Keyboard Shortcuts

Certain keyboard shortcuts are standard across various browsers including Chrome and Firefox. 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 the Shortkeys browser extension, you can even remap shortcuts as you please to match them across the two browsers.

8. Share a Notepad

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

If you use Google Keep, install its official Chrome extension and its unofficial Firefox version too. And remember, there many more Google Keep extensions worth trying 10 Useful Google Keep Extensions for Chrome and Firefox 10 Useful Google Keep Extensions for Chrome and Firefox These Chrome and Firefox extensions make Google Keep even better. Get fast access to your notes and save information quicker. Note-taking has never been easier. Read More !

9. 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 switching between Chrome and Firefox, 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 homepage.
  • Use the same Downloads folder.
  • Tweak tab behavior for similarity.
  • Have a common social media dashboard and workflow.

Also, check our lists of the best Chrome extensions and the best Firefox add-ons. They’ll give you more ideas on how to keep Chrome and Firefox (or any two browsers of your choice) in perfect sync.

Do Your Browsers Walk Hand in Hand?

Make it easy on yourself to go back and forth between your favorite browsers for a time-saving and seamless browsing experience.

Now, are you ready for a little more customization? Why not integrate Windows Timeline with Chrome and Firefox How to Integrate Windows 10 Timeline in Chrome and Firefox How to Integrate Windows 10 Timeline in Chrome and Firefox A new browser extension brings Windows 10 Timeline support to Chrome and Firefox. Have you tried it? Read More next?

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  1. Birrell Walsh
    May 24, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    For bookmarks, I am totally dependent on symbaloo.com from Holland. It uses multiple pages of tiles, each of which is a bookmark. It even has groups - single tiles that open out to mini-pages of related bookmark-tiles.

    You have to keep it in a tab - but that means you can open that tab in Firefox, Chrome (Opera, Vivaldi, etc) and syncing is automatic. Symbaloo is a wonderful product, well-designed for left and right-brained people alike.

  2. Eric
    May 22, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    I used Xmarks for ages, but finally sought a different approach after repeated sync problems, need to install and configure plugins (inconvenient and not always possible), and poor experience on mobile devices.

    I switched to start.me instead, and I love it. It took me a little while to rearrange things and adjust to not having lots of nested folders. But once I adjusted I never looked back. The options for bookmarks are far better than with browser bookmarks, there is no need to sync (just pin or shortcut start.me page in your browser), and it also takes care of all your speed dial and notepad needs, and more besides. Love, love, love start.me.

  3. dragonmouth
    May 22, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    WHY would I use spyware from Google?! It's bad enough Google tracks me to all the sites through Firefox's used of Google's Safe Browsing

  4. Roman Cernjak
    February 11, 2019 at 11:57 am

    the one thing keeping me on chrome is the syncing of google and maps search history. i search sth on maps on my computer and it appears in my mobile history when i click on the search field.
    i do a Google srch right from the mobile widget and it appears on my computer when i open chrome.
    if i can get this to be seamless, automatic and immediate, i will really consider switching to Firefox both on desktop and mobile.

  5. 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/

  6. 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.

  7. Anonymous
    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!

  8. Anonymous
    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.

      • Anonymous
        June 18, 2015 at 11:28 am

        Thank You For Responding.

  9. Anonymous
    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 :-(

  10. Anonymous
    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.

  11. Anonymous
    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.

    • Anonymous
      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.

      • Anonymous
        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.

  12. Anonymous
    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 :)

  13. Anonymous
    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.