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I have two types of Firefox settings on one pc. Which one is leading?

I made a Firefox account a while ago. I use Firefox in my user account as well as when I work in the Admin account. I think I have noticed before that these two Firefoxes… (read more)

I made a Firefox account a while ago. I use Firefox in my user account as well as when I work in the Admin account. I think I have noticed before that these two Firefoxes were automatically synchronized now and then. But since I had to deal with a problem in the Admin account (continuously opening download windows) and reset Firefox there, the Hans- the user- Firefox differs from the Admin Firefox. That does not matter much in itself, but what if ever I change computer or something? Which version will be leading then, and decide on what kind of Firefox will be installed?

Asked by hans.jacobs 3 years ago

Answered by hans.jacobs 3 years ago

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what is sync

Well, I've been doing Firefox sync for a long time, and it seems to work pretty well. But I'm a little confused. What EXACTLY is going on? Note: I do NOT want to know how… (read more)

Well, I've been doing Firefox sync for a long time, and it seems to work pretty well. But I'm a little confused. What EXACTLY is going on? Note: I do NOT want to know how to set up sync. I know that.

First question. When sync is automatic, when exactly does it do it? I pull down and do "Open menu" with the three bars, and then hover over the sync arrows-in-the round. It might say "Last sync: 5 minutes ago", and it might say "Last sync: 5 seconds ago". Nothing happened on my Firefox five seconds ago or five minutes ago. So who told it to sync? What determines when it is supposed to sync? I presume Firefox automatically does a sync if you change a bookmark or password.

Second question. What exactly is a sync? I gather that if the sync file (containing bookmarks and everything) in the cloud is younger than the local sync file, the local sync file will be replaced by the one in the cloud. If the sync file in the cloud is older than the local sync file, that sync file in the cloud is replaced by the local one. Is that what's going on? That is, it's all about the time stamp? Do not tell me "Sync lets you share all of your data and preferences (such as your bookmarks, history, passwords, open tabs and installed add-ons) across all your devices." I know that.

Third question. Let's suppose I want sync to ONLY be manual. As in, it will ONLY sync when I do Tools>Sync Now. How do I set it up for that?

Asked by danll 1 year ago

Last reply by cor-el 1 year ago

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I got a verify email about using my gmail to sign in to firefox which I didn't do.

Hi, I got an email saying my gmail address was used to sign into firefox, from somewhere in Tanzania? Is this a phising scam? Email says it's from accounts.firefox.com. T… (read more)

Hi,

I got an email saying my gmail address was used to sign into firefox, from somewhere in Tanzania?

Is this a phising scam? Email says it's from accounts.firefox.com.

Thanks, Geoffrey

Asked by GeoffreyPalmer 11 months ago

Last reply by McCoy 11 months ago

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Can sync be paused?

The only way to pause sync is through Options\Preferences, then signing out of sync. By then, the damage is done. Users should be able to pause sync by easier access, as … (read more)

The only way to pause sync is through Options\Preferences, then signing out of sync. By then, the damage is done. Users should be able to pause sync by easier access, as well as set the cycle of syncing at the user\'s discretion.

Asked by ineuw 2 years ago

Answered by the-edmeister 2 years ago

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How can I restore my Sync account on another computer?

Hi all, I've created a Sync Account and it works correctly on a computer. But I cannot find a way to have it "restored" on another computer. If I connect my Firefox Accou… (read more)

Hi all, I've created a Sync Account and it works correctly on a computer. But I cannot find a way to have it "restored" on another computer. If I connect my Firefox Account on a new computer, it doesn't request me if I want to restore data, it only creates a new "device" in my list...so it's not clear to me...it seems to be a one way sync :-( it's quite useless.

In other words, how can I use it as a backup solution?

Bye.

Asked by mighelon 1 year ago

Last reply by mighelon 1 year ago

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All passwords on desktop disappeared available on android but will not sync

Today for no reason all my saved passwords on my desktop Firefox browser have disappeared. Fortunately on my android phone they all still exist. I have tried to sync and … (read more)

Today for no reason all my saved passwords on my desktop Firefox browser have disappeared. Fortunately on my android phone they all still exist. I have tried to sync and on Android it confirms sync has happened but the passwords will still not show on the desktop browser. Only new passwords now entered are being recorded.

I have never had this problem ever and have done nothing today that would cause this to happen

I have the most recent FF 66 and up to date Windows 10

Any suggestions welcome please.

Asked by adrian29630 1 year ago

Answered by FredMcD 1 year ago

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Firefox won't sync anything after a fresh OS installation.

Hi, I have a Firefox Sync account. I had it since before the sync update. I was always signed in from my PC. Just now, I did a fresh installation of Windows 7. Went ahead… (read more)

Hi,

I have a Firefox Sync account. I had it since before the sync update. I was always signed in from my PC. Just now, I did a fresh installation of Windows 7.

Went ahead and installed Firefox. Entered my e-mail and password correctly. I signed in and I got the notification that the Sync will start momentarily. So I waited and waited, by old history, tabs, passwords etc weren't updated.

I disconnected and reconnected, same notification, same result. Nothing.

How can I get my old history, passwords etc back now? I'd like to add that before installing Firefox again I checked if everything was selected on the old installation and was synced.

Thanks, Andrei

Asked by AndreiP 4 years ago

Last reply by guigs 4 years ago

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Can't delete devices from "Send Tab to Device" menu

I tried Fennec F-Droid, a Firefox version built from source without proprietary code, signed into Firefox Sync, but after renaming the device, the device manager kept sho… (read more)

I tried Fennec F-Droid, a Firefox version built from source without proprietary code, signed into Firefox Sync, but after renaming the device, the device manager kept showing it as the default name. Changed two or three names, then gave up and installed regular Firefox. Now when I click on "Send Tab to Device" the menu shows the names I entered for the device which were not working, but the device manager shows only the actually connected devices, so those names are saved somewhere. This error is persistent with all the devices I synced. How do I remove them?

Asked by ffth 1 year ago

Last reply by Ooker 1 year ago

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Remove/Delete old, inaccessible sync device from account.

Hello, I am a bit of a tinkerer and a tech junkie. However, I still find sync to be a very useful and handy tool, and have it applied to all of my devices (tablets, phone… (read more)

Hello, I am a bit of a tinkerer and a tech junkie. However, I still find sync to be a very useful and handy tool, and have it applied to all of my devices (tablets, phone, multiple computers). Due to my never-ending quest to make things better, though, I am frequently changing OS'es and uninstalling apps/rearranging registries on many of these devices, so I often find myself needing to reinstall firefox (and thus re-sync).

The only problem here is that sync recognizes each new iteration as its own separate device, even though a vast majority of them cease to exist entirely and are gone forever. This makes my "Tabs From Other Devices" page a huge pain to access, as most of the device names are the same and a lot still have active pages in them.

How would I go about deleting these old accounts from my sync account? Changing my password does no good at all, as since the devices cannot access the server any longer they are still present in my database, and as such are still annoying. Any help is appreciated!

Two pictures of the problem is as follows. As you can see, there are many apparent duplicate devices: http://imageshack.com/a/img14/5290/a29b.png http://imageshack.com/a/img59/6697/6sp4.png

Asked by ColeHardTruth 6 years ago

Answered by bradavon 5 years ago

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Alternative to X-marks

Hi With the new generation of Firefox, past 56 or 57, X-marks does not seem to work. I used it to synchronise the following across two computers: (1) Open tabs from sever… (read more)

Hi With the new generation of Firefox, past 56 or 57, X-marks does not seem to work. I used it to synchronise the following across two computers: (1) Open tabs from several tab groups (Tab Groups by Quicksaver, which is now redundant). (2) Bookmarks. Is there an alternative add-on to X-Marks?

Asked by moz_spt 2 years ago

Last reply by moz_spt 2 years ago

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Sync fails sync Bookmarks on one PC only.

I've recently noticed lots of error-sync logs in the %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<My Profile>\weave\logs folder. My sync is set up to handle Bookmarks and Hi… (read more)

I've recently noticed lots of error-sync logs in the %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<My Profile>\weave\logs folder. My sync is set up to handle Bookmarks and History only.

I have 4 devices, 2 PCs - both Firefox 56.0.2 32-bit and 2 Android devices (latest Firefox, not sure of version). All 4 were previously set to sync together, Bookmarks/History.

One of the PCs (Windows 7 x64) - has the logs, but I've read numerous articles online on how to fix Sync myself or correct a corrupted places.sqlite database as that's what the error log seems to be suggesting is wrong.

Running check integrity against places.sqlite gives me this:

> Task: checkIntegrity - Unable to check database integrity > Task: checkCoherence - The task queue was cleared by an error in another task. > Task: expire - The task queue was cleared by an error in another task. > Task: vacuum - The task queue was cleared by an error in another task. > Task: stats - The task queue was cleared by an error in another task. > Task: _refreshUI - The task queue was cleared by an error in another task.

I have tried to repeat the process in safe mode and with a clear (new) profile - the issue persists. I have deleted places.sqlite (after making a backup) to see if sync suddenly starts working - but the bookmark related issue simply returns.

I have signed out on all devices, changed my sync password and logged in on just the PCs (for now until the problem is resolved). I have deleted all bookmarks on the 'problem' PC, then re-imported them from Internet Explorer on the other PC, then reactivated sync - this seems to initially work but once the 'problem' PC has the bookmarks, it tries to sync them and the errors return.

The error in question appears to be this:

1527797240532 Sync.Engine.Bookmarks WARN Error while backing up bookmarks, but continuing with sync: Error: Error(s) encountered during statement execution: database disk image is malformed (resource://gre/modules/Sqlite.jsm:823:25) JS Stack trace: handleCompletion@Sqlite.jsm:823:25 1527797240534 Sync.BrowserIDManager DEBUG _ensureValidToken already has one 1527797240543 Sync.Engine.Bookmarks DEBUG Successfully wrote previousFailed.

I can supply the entire file if required or put it on pastebin.

The only real issue I'm having is that I simply want my history/bookmarks (but nothing else) shared between all my devices that use Firefox, be it quantum or 56.0.2.

I have not tried Firefox Quantum (as numerous add-ons I use are unsupported and I didn't want to simply switch without a road back). I did try Firefox 52.0.8 ESR but the first thing it did was delete my places.sqlite so I wasn't able to reproduce the problem I'm having as I don't want to lose my history data (bookmarks are stored primarily in IE for convenience and simply imported when I need them as I use 'PlainOldFavorites' extension).

This looks like a bug with firefox sync or a corrupt file, but since I've cleared places.sqlite and let FF recreate it, I'm at a loss. If you need any further information to help solve this, I'm happy to provide as much as possible.

Thanks for any suggestions you can offer :)

Asked by arkane78 1 year ago

Answered by arkane78 1 year ago

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Firefox Sync is working backwards...

I have been using FF for years and *had* my browser set up perfectly. I got a new travel laptop and decided to install FF there and sync the settings from my main compute… (read more)

I have been using FF for years and *had* my browser set up perfectly. I got a new travel laptop and decided to install FF there and sync the settings from my main computer to the new laptop.

Unfortunately sync decided that my newly installed browser's settings were more important and removed all of my open tabs, history, settings, etc from my everyday browser.

This is super counter-productive; I've lost hours of work trying to relocate all of the browser windows I had open and getting all of the settings back to normal.

I rarely ever complain online about buggy software but this was so annoying I just had to.

Maybe consider disabling Sync until you can figure out how to either alert the user that all of their settings are about to be overwritten or provide an option to assign a particular browser as the master and all syncing begins from that.

Asked by AmGoth 8 months ago

Last reply by AmGoth 8 months ago

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New Sync still not working (/questions/1007210)

I have a PC (Windows 7) and I would like to back up my bookmarks, etc, as I'm switching to another PC, so I made sure I had the latest version of firefox and sync. I cre… (read more)

I have a PC (Windows 7) and I would like to back up my bookmarks, etc, as I'm switching to another PC, so I made sure I had the latest version of firefox and sync. I created a sync account and and got a message that the sync would begin momentarily but nothing has happened (this has been over 2 hours). I also tried the "sync now" option under tools. Is there a way to tell if it's even working since there is no status bar?

I've tried selecting all the items to be synced and disconnecting and reconnecting to firefox and still not working.

Thanks.

Asked by Scotty1234 5 years ago

Answered by guigs 5 years ago

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as soon as i added sync, my computer crashes. I uninstalled and my computer works. Installed again and it crashes

Computer checks out fine without firefox, but as soon as I add firefox sync it crashes. I just installed a new hd because my last one crashed as well. The laptop works w… (read more)

Computer checks out fine without firefox, but as soon as I add firefox sync it crashes. I just installed a new hd because my last one crashed as well. The laptop works well that I am trying to sync from. I just really must have my bookmarks and signins as I have an online business.

Asked by firefeet 4 years ago

Last reply by firefeet 4 years ago

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When I try to enter my mobile phone number, in whatever format, it says invalid phone number!

No more - that's it - I can't confirm set-up sync because it won't accept my valid uk mobile number in whatever format I enter it (0044, +44, ++44, with or without leadi… (read more)

No more - that's it - I can't confirm set-up sync because it won't accept my valid uk mobile number in whatever format I enter it (0044, +44, ++44, with or without leading 0)

Asked by trevorfirefox 2 years ago

Last reply by Gerd 2 years ago

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Master password pop-up appears every browser start-up

No problems before I signed up for an account to use Firefox Send. Immediately after that I started to get an annoying pop-up window asking for my master password immedia… (read more)

No problems before I signed up for an account to use Firefox Send. Immediately after that I started to get an annoying pop-up window asking for my master password immediately on browser start.

I want to be able to browse sites without entering a password, and I also want to continue using a master password but only for sites which require a log-in.

I deleted my Firefox account in the hopes that would fix the problem, but the pop-ups keep coming.

I tried unchecking "ask to save logins and passwords for websites" in preferences but that didn't work.

I have not deleted my saved log-ins and tried a new/clean browser because I spent a long time getting all my add-ons and log-ins set up and I don't want to have to reinstall everything, and I am concerned that if I save my profile that it will just re-install the problem.

Asked by annoyedatpopups 1 year ago

Answered by cor-el 1 year ago