Sync feature not working on new device
I transitioned over to a new Macbook. After installing Firefox I opted to log in to my "sync account" in order to retrieve all my bookmarks, add-ons, saved passwords etc. that I was using on my previous Macbook. On the old Mac, I synced the Firefox profile data one last time and formatted the device. Now when I log in with the account, no data gets synced. There definitely was an account as when I followed the sign-in process, it didn't ask me to create a new account. It simply asked for my email, followed by my password and the One-Time-Password that was sent to my email.
As a test, I signed out of this profile on the new Mac after not getting any results and tried to sign in with another Firefox profile. It immediately started retrieving that profile's data (I.e add-ons started getting installed). I cancelled that sync to not fill the browser with that data. But logging into the troublesome account again, still no data gets retrieved.
I really need to retrieve that profile with all my data. Any assistance would be much appreciated.
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Thank you for your question about the Firefox Sync service.
It appears from your question, that you are using Firefox Sync as a back up service. This is not what Sync is designed to do. The Firefox Sync service takes a copy of the data you wish to include and transfers it to a second device (typically a mobile device such as a tablet or a telephone) running a copy of Firefox. The storage in between all attached devices is both temporary and fragile and is not stable enough to be (and is not designed as) a reliable backup service.
If you have a copy of your Firefox profile for desktop Firefox, you may be able to recover your bookmarks and other data. Please have a read of this article.
If you have a copy of your data on a mobile version of Firefox, please follow these instructions to connect it to Firefox Sync to copy your data.