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How do you choose which PC is the master to sync to?

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I have an old PC & a new PC, I would like to sync all the tab, bookmarks, ligins, etc from the old to the new. don't need it on my phone. old PC is desktop, new PC is a laptop

I have an old PC & a new PC, I would like to sync all the tab, bookmarks, ligins, etc from the old to the new. don't need it on my phone. old PC is desktop, new PC is a laptop
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FredMcD
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With sync, there is no master. Any change on one member of the sync is sent to all other members.

With sync, there is no master. Any change on one member of the sync is sent to all other members.
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if that is the case, then why have none of the bookmarks, tabs, or logins merged or shown on the new PC? i have everything selected to sync in the settings, but nothing is syncing

if that is the case, then why have none of the bookmarks, tabs, or logins merged or shown on the new PC? i have everything selected to sync in the settings, but nothing is syncing
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cor-el
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You can try to only connect the old device to a Sync account and make sure that the initial Sync has finished and then disconnect this device. If necessary you can reset the password to clear all data on the server. You can then connect the new device to merge data from the old computer on the server to the new computer. Because the old computer is no longer connected, you won't merge data from the new computer to the old computer.

Alternatively you can use a removable USB jump drive to transfer selected personal data.

You can try to only connect the old device to a Sync account and make sure that the initial Sync has finished and then disconnect this device. If necessary you can reset the password to clear all data on the server. You can then connect the new device to merge data from the old computer on the server to the new computer. Because the old computer is no longer connected, you won't merge data from the new computer to the old computer. Alternatively you can use a removable USB jump drive to transfer selected personal data. *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/recovering-important-data-from-an-old-profile
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FredMcD
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We need to look at the sync logs.

Note: Do the following for each problem system/profile. And label each as to what system/profile.

Type about:sync-log<enter> in the address bar.

Open the last file created and Copy its contents Now Paste it into this forum.

If the file is too large;


Open a text/word program and load the file. Left-click once. Now <Control> A to highlight everything, then <Control> C to copy it.

Next, have your web browser go to; https://pastebin.com/

Paste <Control> P the content of the file in the window. Note: On the bottom, fill out the boxes as best you can.

Now press Create A New Paste. The page will reload. Copy the new web address, and post it here.

We need to look at the sync logs. Note: Do the following for each problem system/profile. And label each as to what system/profile. Type ''' about:sync-log'''<enter> in the address bar.   Open the last file created and '''Copy''' its contents Now '''Paste''' it into this forum. If the file is too large; Open a text/word program and load the file. Left-click once. Now '''<Control> A''' to highlight everything, then '''<Control> C''' to copy it. Next, have your web browser go to; '''https://pastebin.com/''' Paste '''<Control> P''' the content of the file in the window. '''Note: ''' On the bottom, fill out the boxes as best you can. Now press '''Create A New Paste. ''' The page will reload. Copy the new web address, and post it here.

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