The Best Ways to Sync Your Bookmarks & Favorites Across Computers & Phones
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Gone are the days when we used a single browser on our one and only computer. Today, many of us constantly switch between desktop computers, laptops, cell phones, and tablets, all of which come with various browsers and obviously a connection to the internet. Keeping all of your bookmarks with you and automatically synced on that many devices can be a challenge.

Fortunately, there are several great solutions to keep your bookmarks in sync Stay in Sync: Access All Your Browser Data From Any Device Stay in Sync: Access All Your Browser Data From Any Device How can you make the process of switching devices more efficient, so that you can easily pick up where you left off? Read More . This article introduces you to some of the best tools to safely sync and access your bookmarks across browsers, devices, and platforms.

Cross-Platform Bookmark Syncing Options

You likely use one of the five most common browsers Which Browser Is Best? Edge vs. Chrome vs. Opera vs. Firefox Which Browser Is Best? Edge vs. Chrome vs. Opera vs. Firefox The browser you're using right now may not be the best one for you. The browser arena changes so frequently that your conclusions from comparisons made last year may be completely wrong this year. Read More ; Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Edge, or Safari, right? Many people use one on their work computer and another at home, or one for business and another for pleasure. But, often times, you want your bookmarks to stay in sync. If this is you, here are the tools you need.

1. Xmarks

Xmarks is probably one of the most popular sync tools for bookmarks. It stores your bookmarks online and allows you to sync them across computers and browsers. Some of Xmarks key features include automatic and manual syncing options, bookmark details, exploring and restoring of old bookmarks, and removing duplicates. The website also has a clean and user-friendly interface.

Bookmark syncing with Xmarks

Xmarks is available for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, and works with Microsoft Edge. Being a browser add-on, it can be used on all systems that run one of the mentioned browsers, including Windows, Mac, and Linux.

The premium version supports iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and offers additional advanced features like open tab sync on mobile devices and priority support.

Bookmark syncing with Xmarks

If you are just looking to sync bookmarks between desktop computers and various browsers, Xmarks should do the job. If you want to involve mobile devices and don’t want to invest in a premium add-on; however, take a look at the following alternatives.

2. EverSync

EverSync is a terrific bookmark syncing tool for browsers, mobile devices, and FVD Speed Dial users. You can install the browser extensions for Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Internet Explorer and download the apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.

Bookmark syncing with EverSync

When you use the browser extension, click the button to start the synchronization. You can then hit the EverHelper Account button to view your bookmarks if you like. Similar to Xmarks, you can see your duplicate bookmarks. In addition, you can look for empty folders and import or export your bookmarks if needed.

Individual bookmark management options include saving favorites, deleting, editing, and marking sites as private. And for grouping, you can create new folders.

Bookmark syncing with EverSync

EverSync is available for free, but you can check out the Pro plan if you need unlimited bookmarks, dials, and archiving plus server backups. For a nice tool that covers your computer and your mobile devices, check out EverSync.

3. Atavi

Atavi is another terrific choice for managing and syncing your bookmarks. Like Xmarks and EverSync, Atavi also stores your bookmarks for you, but you can access them from any device or browser with an internet connection. A key difference with this tool from the others is that you use your bookmarks through the Atavi service, which you can set as your homepage.

Bookmark syncing with Atavi

Whenever you want to bookmark a new page, you do it through the Atavi screen. This way, you can see it on any device or browser once you log in. Atavi also provides a few extra features like themes, bookmark grouping, and favorites. So, it is similar to a new tab tool These Chrome New Tab Extensions Will Keep You Focused These Chrome New Tab Extensions Will Keep You Focused If you find Chrome's New Tab page distracting or boring, here's a better way to use it! New Tab extensions can eliminate distractions, remind you to stay productive, and help you focus. Read More like FVD Speed Dial.

Bookmark syncing with Atavi

To get started, you can sign up for a free account using your email address or social media profile. Atavi also offers extensions for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Edge, and Opera. This gives you easy access to Atavi and easy import and export features.

So, if you want something a little different in a bookmark syncing tool that works on any device or browser, take Atavi for a spin and see if you like it.

Mobile-Specific Bookmark Syncing Options

Maybe you like to keep things simpler or more limited. You want to just sync your bookmarks between your preferred browser and mobile device. Here are a couple of options to check out if this is how you like to take care of your bookmarks.

4. Samsung Internet

Are you using Android on a Samsung device? You can sync your bookmarks with Samsung Internet, formerly Samsung Sync. If you use the Samsung Internet Browser on your mobile device, you can sync 3 Great Ways to Automatically Backup and Sync Your Data on Android 3 Great Ways to Automatically Backup and Sync Your Data on Android Don't lose your data! Make sure you're keeping it all backed up. For that, let us help you out. Read More your bookmarks on Windows, Mac, and Linux with your Samsung account.

You can add, edit, or delete bookmarks, enjoy a periodic sync or do it manually with a refresh, and use the friendly, familiar interface you are used to on your Android device. The extension is currently available for Chrome and Opera.

5. iCloud Bookmarks

Don’t worry Apple users, we have you covered too. The iCloud Bookmarks extension for Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer keeps your Safari bookmarks in sync 8 Great Safari Extensions for Bookmark and Tab Management 8 Great Safari Extensions for Bookmark and Tab Management Whether you need assistance managing tons of bookmarks or regularly work with many open tabs at once, these tools can lighten your load. Read More . This is super handy when you use one browser for work and another for play.

Bookmark syncing with iCloud Bookmarks

The only catch with iCloud Bookmarks is that you need to install the iCloud desktop app. But, the good news is that once you do that, you can sync photos, mail, calendar, and task items that you store in iCloud. So, if you are an Apple user and using iCloud iCloud Sync Problems? Resolving Common Cloud Storage Issues iCloud Sync Problems? Resolving Common Cloud Storage Issues Having problems getting iCloud to sync your data between two instances of the same app? You're not alone... Read More already, this is an ideal syncing choice.

How Do You Sync Your Bookmarks?

You might love a tool like Xmarks or EverSync for the automatic syncing and easy access. Or, perhaps you like the idea of a tool like Avati that allows you to log in from anywhere, on any browser, on any device. Or still yet, maybe you limit your bookmark syncing to just your mobile device and favorite browser.

Whatever you prefer, however you sync, let us know what works best for you and why. And, if you have an awesome tool that helps you stay in sync, share that recommendation in the comments below too!

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  1. u2764431
    January 19, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Easy : Firefox on Android and web browser with a Firefox account synchronize bookmarks, send a document... very convenient !

  2. TechOnTheBrain
    January 16, 2018 at 10:25 am

    I used Xmarks for years. Eventually got fed up with it for two reasons:
    * The mobile app is crap and you have to come out of your browser to use it.
    * Though the core syncing service is generally pretty good, it does occasionally get messed up and you'll find yourself de-duplicating your bookmarks. I had a run of this happening repeatedly, no matter how I set my other sync services in browsers, so I got fed up with it.

    I switched to start.me instead. I've been using it for months and I love it. It took some adjustment to get out of the folder-based mentality and deep nesting of bookmarks, but now I'm much happier and never have to worry about syncing and plugins.

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    October 30, 2017 at 10:52 am

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  5. Brooke Pumpkin
    July 22, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Yesterday, while I was at work, my cousin stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a forty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now broken and she has 83 views. I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  6. Jazmanjef
    July 6, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    NEVER use an online service or software that stores your bookmark info online as a sync tool across browsers/devices.
    This is simply a method to find out what you like, then "carpet bomb" you with targeted advertising via the companies that buy access to your data that you give when you CLICK THROUGH THE EULA AND DO NOT READ IT.
    *Real world progress will be made when someone makes a software program that you install locally on your PC that will clone your bookmark configuration across all your installed browsers. Why don't they do this? THEY CAN'T GET YOUR DATA AND SELL IT---SO THERE'S FAR LESS PROFIT TO BE MADE.

    • Burak
      September 18, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Hi,
      The problem is syncing across different devices and PCs. On your local PC you can simply export&import your bookmarks between your installed browsers. You don't need a program for that actually.

  7. Spiros
    June 18, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Useless article. Nothing working good ....

  8. Li
    March 31, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Please, update this article!

  9. Anonymous
    August 12, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    papaly.com -- can sort 100's of bookmarks by boards, category, topic

    • Tina Sieber
      August 13, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Not exactly on topic, but looks interesting.

  10. Jan Bo
    December 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I have for many years used the bookmark4U from http://bookmark4u.sourceforge.net/
    but after my ISP has upgraded the php and mysql on his server it does not work anymore, it used to work without plugin to the browser, and when accessed from a public computer, it was just a html page
    Does anybody know somebody who has upgraded the php part of bookmark4U ?

  11. mundo
    October 28, 2012 at 10:09 am

    This doesn't seem to work between profiles. I have had to individually install the extensions and import I want in each of the profiles on Chrome.

  12. Dhruv Sangvikar
    October 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    unfortunately.. your article does not help me.. i want to sync between my desktop chrome and android opera :).. anywaz.. nice read

  13. Justin Butlion
    October 16, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I believe that soon the idea of syncing bookmarks will disappear. Technology has allowed companies in this space to create solutions which remove the need for syncing. I am very passionate about improving the way we all bookmark online. The solution my co-founder and I are building through our startup, Bmark, will remove the need to sync bookmarks between computers and devices.

    Justin Butlion
    CEO/Co-founder
    Bmark
    http://www.bmarkcentral.com

    • Greg
      December 1, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      Your domain for sale? The passion for bookmarking didn't last long, it seems ;)

  14. Jerry McIntire
    October 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I'm surprised at all the comments in favor of xmarks. It no longer syncs everything, as noted on their website. And if you're a Mac user with Safari bookmarks, it will only upload/sync your bookmarks bar and menu bookmarks-- none of the other folders! For that reason, I'm uninstalling xmarks and came to this article hoping to find an alternative.

  15. Joshua Kelley
    September 4, 2012 at 3:00 am

    What I can't find an easy solution to is syncing from desktop Firefox to Chrome for Android.

    I tried using JUST Chrome on the computer, but there are functions of Firefox I really miss, and it seems more stable.

    On the other hand, Firefox for Android isn't stable enough, whereas Chrome is.

    The Xmarks app doesn't sync bookmarks or passwords to Chrome for Android, nor does LastPass.

    For now, I'm using Xmarks to sync desktop Firefox to desktop Chrome, then letting Chrome sync take care of syncing to Android. Just means I have to open Chrome any time I add a bookmark or password.

    • Tina
      September 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      Thanks for sharing your workaround, Joshua! I'm not aware of a different solution right now, but will let you know in case I run into one.

  16. garva
    August 25, 2012 at 2:30 am

    can i sync data from chrome to safari

  17. garva
    August 25, 2012 at 2:28 am

    how to sync all data like history bookmarks and passwords in safari in windows os

  18. Salman Abdullah
    August 8, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    XMarks is enough for me. No need other bookmark sync

  19. Vampie C.
    August 8, 2012 at 7:19 am

    The build in sync in Chrome is good enough for me.

    syncs between home and work.

    I also use symbaloo.com to have my links on a central place for when I'm not at home or work.

  20. Chris Hoffman
    August 8, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Chrome (Android 4.0+ only) and Firefox for Android also allow you to access your bookmarks and open tabs in the mobile app. I believe the same goes for Chrome and Firefox Home on iOS.

  21. Rigoberto Garcia
    August 8, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Thanks Tina. Excelent article. I'm using Chrome and I am satisfied with the results

  22. Neil Blumengarten
    August 8, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Instead of synching my bookmarks, I just use Diigo to keep my bookmarks in the cloud. This way, I can access them on any computer and through the Power Note app, on my phone as well.

  23. Al
    August 7, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Though I'm looking to sync all my devices, I first have to find something that will help me remove all the duplicated bookmarks that were created by my .mac/iCloud account...and there are now thousands of duplicates. Apparently, this is a widespread problem. Fixing the dupes seems more urgent than worrying about syncing, at least for now. So, what I'm considering is "Bookdog" to find and destroy the dupes. Any suggestions?

    • DarkMan72
      August 8, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Install Xmarks and import all your bookmarks into it. Then on the Xmarks website you'll find tools to remove duplicates and empty folders - saved me lots of time when I had to clean bookmarks messed up by Firefox Sync.

      • Tina
        August 8, 2012 at 2:25 pm

        Thanks for the tip!

  24. Jon Smith
    August 7, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    XMarks is very useful indeed

  25. Stefan
    August 7, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I used Xmarks a long time ago but now I am a Chrome-User and I use all it's built in sync features. The good thing is, I can now also use those functions on my iPhone and iPad. But Xmarks is still a good alternative.

  26. Ales Mole
    August 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Xmarks is definitely a way to go...with great symbiosis of LastPass - for storing passwords.

  27. Sahil Dave
    August 7, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Firefox Sync has a disadvantage. Basically i had all my bookmarks and password in Waterfox and made a sync account. In June i had a HDD crash and after the repairwork obviously i had lost the sync on Waterfox. Now it asks for the key for "pairing the device" which can only be retrieved via the previous computer, which eventually i cannot!

    • Tina
      August 7, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      That is very unfortunate, Sahil. Could you have backed up the key or whatever generated the key?

      • Sahil Dave
        August 8, 2012 at 5:38 am

        Which means that i should backup a backup...
        Key cannot be retrieved unless you have access to the old PC which is stupid. After a crash or sometimes even after reinstall of OS, who would have an access to the old PC..

  28. fizzbin88
    August 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I love XMarks and have supported them for a while. It is reassuring to have my Bookmarks available wherever I am !

    • John
      February 11, 2018 at 1:40 am

      Used t have option to remove dead links n bookmarks.dead website s.