Settings and Syncing: Firefox versus Chrome

Sandy Writtenhouse 06-05-2015

Whether you primarily use your browser for work or play; speed, reliability, settings, and features are essential. Firefox and Chrome are top browser choices, each with their own benefits. So, is there a “best choice” between the two? Let’s look at a few differences.


Browser Settings

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Both browsers offer the essentials such as default home page, search engine providers, pop-up blocking options, saved passwords, and various privacy and history settings How to Manually & Automatically Clear Your Browser History The websites you visit leave tracks on your computer. We show you how to delete your browsing history in Firefox, Chrome, Edge, and Internet Explorer. Read More . However, when compared side-by-side the overall list of settings is simply more extensive and better organized in Firefox than Chrome.

Tabs for each category of settings make it easy to find what you are looking for in Firefox. Whereas in Chrome you must scroll through a long list in search of your desired setting or hit Ctrl + F to search by keyword.

Tab settings available in Firefox can be turned on or off easily. You can activate warning messages for opening or closing multiple tabs or choose exactly how a new tab should be opened and loaded. Chrome does have a handy option to access recent tabs on other devices, but Firefox has more tab options in general.



Update settings in Firefox provide a lot of flexibility. Where Chrome automatically updates for you, it may make your experience more seamless. But, what if you want to choose when to install your browser updates and even see your update history? This is what Firefox provides. You have options to automatically install updates just like Chrome, however, you can also have Firefox check for updates and notify you or never check at all (the latter not being a good option to choose). Along with picking your update option, the update history can be very helpful for troubleshooting or just making sure your Firefox is current. The history shows version, date and time, and links for each update showing exactly what changed.


Syncing Across Devices

Both browsers provide an option to sync various settings upon signing in, which is one of the most convenient features for any browser. You can sync your bookmarks, extensions, passwords, history, and more.

Notable for Chrome is the automatic encryption for passwords and data with an option to use a passphrase for added security. The basic Firefox sync settings do not provide this option.


Notable for Firefox is the Find My Device feature offered with their syncing. If this option is enabled, data for the approximate location of your (missing) device is noted when you log in to your Firefox account. You will then be able to see your device’s last known locations on a map.

As far as features and how well each browser passes the sync test, I would have to call it a tie. From experience I have not found any issues when using the sync feature or accessing either browser’s synced items on another device.


Reliability and Speed

It seems there is always a debate regarding which browser is more reliable and speedier than the rest. This is not surprising because having a fast, stable browser Browser Wars: Firefox vs. Chrome vs. Opera, The Definitive Benchmark If you could only choose one browser, which one would it be? Which is best: Firefox, Chrome or Opera? We'll show you. Read More can make all the difference. Browser version, device type, Internet speed, running or background processes, installed extensions, and other culprits have all been blamed for slow-downs Firefox Too Slow? Optimise Your Browser With These Tricks Read More .


When it comes to opening a browser for the first time in the morning, loading and running several tabs at once, visiting pages with many images or ads, or just switching between tabs quickly, my clear choice is Firefox. I find myself doing a lot of finger-tapping when freshly opening Chrome or loading pages into new tabs.

Verdict: Firefox Wins

I have used both browsers extensively over time and my regular use is quite heavy due to the jobs I do. I actually switched from Firefox to Chrome last year because of the handy and helpful extensions available for Chrome. But, I have a much better experience with Firefox in regards to both reliability and speed on various devices. I like the settings and options available for Firefox more and have also experienced some overall lag on different devices when running Chrome The Ultimate Chrome Sync Hacks For Swapping Between Desktops Are you the type of person that needs unfettered mobility of their browsing data? With these Chrome hacks, you never have to worry about leaving your webpages, tabs and even clipboard data behind. Read More .

My preferred browser between Firefox and Chrome is definitely Firefox.

What Are Your Personal Experiences with Firefox and Chrome?

Which browser of these two do you prefer and why? What is your biggest complaint about the browser you do not use? Have you recently switched from one to the other? We would love to hear your thoughts, so please feel free to comment below.


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  1. JRR
    October 29, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Great! Now, I don't use it as my main browser, so here's the fix I want to know - how do I get it to actually listen when it says "Chrome is not your default browser. Do you want to make it?" and I say "Never Ask Me Again"... yet it does it each and every time. Really seems quite needy for acceptance.

    • Sandy Stachowiak
      October 29, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      Hi JRR,

      That's weird if you check the box to Never Ask Again and it still does it. Do you have your default browser set up in your computer settings? I've been looking for another option in Chrome to remove that message from displaying for you, but I can't seem to find one. It doesn't pop up for me anymore.

  2. hexathos
    October 29, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I noticed that firefox took way longer to load with only a few extensions (like ublock origin lastpass and foxyproxy) to load, as with every start it enabled those extensions one for one... with synced addons chrom[e/ium] is the faster one if it goes to startup time ;/

    • Andrew
      November 5, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      Speed and functionality should NEVER be traded for freedom and privacy!
      Suck it up and use Firefox, don't complain and run to 'big daddy' ... that speed comes at a price smart people never pay.

  3. hiteckee
    May 8, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Forget 'em both. Opera! If only ALL websites worked with the world's best browser...

  4. Dav Akers
    May 7, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    The one reason I use chrome is that when I save often (multiple times) to the same folder Chrome automatically adds a 1 0r 2 or whatever to file names that are the same. example :
    988.jpg, 988 (1).jpg, 988 (2).jpg etc etc.

  5. Dav Akers
    May 7, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    The one reason I use chrome is that when I save often (multiple times) to the same folder Chrome automatically adds a 1 0r 2 or whatever to file names that are the same. example :
    988.jpg, 988 (1).jpg, 988 (2).jpg etc etc.

  6. Dav Akers
    May 7, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    The one reason I use chrome is that when I save often (multiple times) to the same folder Chrome automatically adds a 1 0r 2 or whatever to file names that are the same. example :
    988.jpg, 988 (1).jpg, 988 (2).jpg etc etc.

  7. Oldgit9
    May 7, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    The only reason I use chrome, is because you can't got Firefox on an iOS device.

    I hate the fact, that sign into YouTube on your pc, then your automatically signed in on your Google account on your phone (without any notification).

    But my biggest issues I have with chrome/Google, is the privacy settings. They have hidden the most important setting, hopping people will give up trying to find the setting, so that Google can track your every move, physically and on line. #fail

    I wish Mozilla will hurry up and bring us iOS users, Firefox asap. As it's truly needed.

  8. Boter2099
    May 7, 2015 at 4:00 am

    I find to make Firefox the powerhouse browser I know and love, I need a handful of extensions, and with these extensions loaded - I see an obvious quantifiable reduction of speed.

    So I go to chrome - which handles extensions very well thanks to sandboxing; But - the extensions I'd need/ want to make Chrome a powerhouse don't all exist!

    My big pet peeves with Chrome are A. I can't clear by browser history on close without an extension and B. I can't get the behavior of tabs that I want because an extension for it doesn't exist!

    I want a default setting to delete history ("incognito" is porn mode and my boss will ask why I'm running in porn mode) and a Tab Mix Plus level of customization for tabs.

  9. Will
    May 7, 2015 at 2:47 am

    Love Firefox. Tried using Chrome but Fox is it. With syncing though, my bookmarks are re-arranged from the way I initial set them up. Why does that happen? Anyone else has that issue? Any known fix for that?

  10. Praveen Khunte
    May 6, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    I have made many attempts in last 7 years to switch over to Chrome but within a week the charm of Firefox calls me back. Love u Firefox. The Basic UI, Ease and options in Settings, Memory Management are the startup points which makes the no. 1 choice to Firefox.

  11. LPC123
    May 6, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    I use LastPass with Firefox. Problem solved, and LastPass has way more features than either browser.

  12. Tom Betz
    May 6, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    WRT syncing, you miss an important difference. If you secure your Firefox passwords with a master password, they will not sync; and if you don't, anyone with access to your PC has access to your passwords. Chrome, however, allows encrypted passwords to sync.

    This make Chrome the winner by far.

  13. Nate
    May 6, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    I've found Chrome to have a better sync than Firefox.

    • West
      May 6, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      Can you elaborate?