How do I set up Firefox Sync?

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When you set up Firefox Sync on your computer, all of your data and preferences (such as your bookmarks, history, passwords, open tabs and installed add-ons) gets stored securely on the Mozilla servers. You can share all this information across all your devices. This article shows you how to set up Firefox Sync on your devices.

Part 1: Set up Firefox Sync on a computer

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox buttonclick the Tools menu and select Set Up Sync. The Firefox Sync Setup window will open.
  2. Click Create a New Account.
  3. Fill in your account details:
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    • Email address
    • Choose a password and enter it a second time to make sure you have it right.
    • Agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
    • Confirm that you're not a robot by filling the captcha form!
    • To change what information gets synced, click Sync Options. The default is to sync your bookmarks, passwords, preferences, history and tabs.The default is to sync your add-ons, bookmarks, passwords, preferences, history and tabs.
    • Finally, click Next.
  4. You will see a Setup Complete! message. Click Close to close the progress window and take you back to Firefox. Don't worry, your data will continue to be encrypted and uploaded in the background.
    Note: This first sync should happen quickly but may take more than 30 minutes depending on how much information needs to be synced.
  1. On the menu bar, click the Tools menu and select Set Up Sync. The Firefox Sync Setup window will open.
  2. Click Create a New Account.
  3. Fill in your account details:
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    • Email address
    • Choose a password and enter it a second time to make sure you have it right.
    • Agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
    • Confirm that you're not a robot by filling the captcha form!
    • To change what information gets synced, click Sync Options. The default is to sync your bookmarks, passwords, preferences, history and tabs.The default is to sync your add-ons, bookmarks, passwords, preferences, history and tabs.
    • Finally, click Continue.
  4. You will see a Setup Complete! message. Click Close to close the progress window and take you back to Firefox. Don't worry, your data will continue to be encrypted and uploaded in the background.
    Note: This first sync should happen quickly but may take more than 30 minutes depending on how much information needs to be synced.
  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Tools menu and select Set Up Sync. The Firefox Sync Setup window will open.
  2. Click Create a New Account.
  3. Fill in your account details:
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    • Email address
    • Choose a password and enter it a second time to make sure you have it right.
    • Agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
    • Confirm that you're not a robot by filling the captcha form!
    • To change what information gets synced, click Sync Options. The default is to sync your bookmarks, passwords, preferences, history and tabs.The default is to sync your add-ons, bookmarks, passwords, preferences, history and tabs.
    • Finally, click Next.
  4. You will see a Setup Complete! message. Click Close to close the progress window and take you back to Firefox. Don't worry, your data will continue to be encrypted and uploaded in the background.
    Note: This first sync should happen quickly but may take more than 30 minutes depending on how much information needs to be synced.

Part 2: Get the easy setup code on another device

Get the code on an Android device

  1. Tap the Menu button (either at the bottom edge of the screen or in the the top-right corner) , choose Settings (you may need to tap More first) and, finally, Sync.
  2. The code to add this device appears.
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Get the code on another computer

Do these steps on the second computer that you are trying to add to Firefox Sync.

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select OptionsAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu and then select OptionsOn the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select Preferences...At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Edit menu and select Preferences

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  2. Click on the Sync tab.
  3. Click Set Up Firefox Sync.
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  4. Under I already have a Firefox Sync account click Connect and the code to add this computer will be displayed.
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  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox buttonclick the Tools menu and select Set Up Sync. The Firefox Sync Setup window will open.
  2. Click I Have an Account.
  3. The code to add this computer will be displayed.
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  1. On the menu bar, click the Tools menu and select Set Up Sync. The Firefox Sync Setup window will open.
  2. Click I Have an Account.
  3. The code to add this computer will be displayed.
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  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Tools menu and select Set Up Sync. The Firefox Sync Setup window will open.
  2. Click I Have an Account.
  3. The code to add this computer will be displayed.
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Part 3: Connect your other device to your Sync account

Enter the setup code on your computer to connect your other device to your Sync account

  1. In the Firefox Sync Account section, click on Add a Device and the Add a Device window will open.
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  2. Enter the code in the Add a Device window as it's displayed on your second device. Then click NextContinue.
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  3. When the code is accepted you will see a Device Connected message in Firefox and your device will immediately begin syncing. Click FinishDone to close the setup window and go back to the Sync panel.
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  1. Click the Home button (or type about:home in the location bar) to bring up the default Firefox home page.
  2. At the bottom of the home page, click the Pair a Device link and the Firefox Sync Setup window will open.
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  3. Enter the twelve character code generated on your other device and click NextContinue.
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  4. When the code is accepted you will see a Device Connected message and your device will immediately begin syncing. Click FinishDone to close the setup window.
  1. Click the Home button (or type about:home in the location bar) to bring up the default Firefox home page.
  2. At the bottom of the home page, click the Sync link to open the Sync settings window.
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  3. Then click the Pair a device link and the Firefox Sync Setup window will open.
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  4. Enter the twelve character code generated on your other device and click NextContinue.
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  5. When the code is accepted you will see a Device Connected message and your device will immediately begin syncing. Click FinishDone to close the setup window.

What if I'm not near my computer?

Do these steps on the device that you are trying to add to Firefox Sync.
If you are trying to add a device to Firefox Sync and you are not near your computer so that you can enter the code, you can still get it done by entering your account information.

Connect an Android device to Firefox Sync

Do these steps in Firefox for mobile on your Android device.

  1. Tap the Menu button (either at the bottom edge of the screen or in the the top-right corner) , choose Settings (you may need to tap More first) and, finally, Sync.
  2. Tap the "Advanced setup..." link.
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  3. Next, enter your Account Name (email address), Password, Recovery Key and tap Connect.
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Connect another computer to Firefox Sync

Do these steps on the second computer that you are trying to add to Firefox Sync.

  1. Click Set Up Firefox Sync.
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  2. Click I Have A Firefox Sync Account.
  3. Enter your Sync email address and password and then click NextContinue.
  4. Enter your Sync Key and then click NextContinue.
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    Your Sync Key is a long series of characters that was created for you when you set up your Sync account. You can find it by following the instructions in Where can I find my Sync Key?
    Your Recovery Key is a long series of characters that was created for you when you set up your Sync account. You can find it by following the instructions in Where can I find my Recovery Key?
  5. You will see a Setup Complete screen. Click FinishDone to finish adding this computer to your Sync account.
  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox buttonclick the Tools menu and select Set Up Sync. The Firefox Sync Setup window will open.
  2. Click I Have an Account.
  3. Since you're not near the device with Sync already set up, click the I don't have the device with me link.
  4. Sign in to your Sync account:
    • Enter your account email address
    • Enter your password
    • Enter your Recovery Key
    • Then click Next
  5. You will see a Setup Complete screen. Click Finish to complete adding this device to your Sync account.
  1. On the menu bar, click the Tools menu and select Set Up Sync. The Firefox Sync Setup window will open.
  2. Click I Have an Account.
  3. Since you're not near the device with Sync already set up, click the I don't have the device with me link.
  4. Sign in to your Sync account:
    • Enter your account email address
    • Enter your password
    • Enter your Recovery Key
    • Then click Continue
  5. You will see a Setup Complete screen. Click Done to complete adding this device to your Sync account.
  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Tools menu and select Set Up Sync. The Firefox Sync Setup window will open.
  2. Click I Have an Account.
  3. Since you're not near the device with Sync already set up, click the I don't have the device with me link.
  4. Sign in to your Sync account:
    • Enter your account email address
    • Enter your password
    • Enter your Recovery Key
    • Then click Next
  5. You will see a Setup Complete screen. Click Finish to complete adding this device to your Sync account.

Remove a device from Firefox Sync

Remove a computer from Firefox Sync

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select OptionsAt the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu and then select OptionsOn the menu bar, click on the Firefox menu and select Preferences...At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Edit menu and select Preferences

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  2. Go to the Sync panel and click on Unlink This Device. A prompt will appear.
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  3. Click Unlink to confirm. Your device's data will no longer be synced with the server's Sync data and you'll be logged out of your Sync account.

Remove an Android device from Firefox Sync

  1. Open your device's Settings menu (not Firefox's Settings menu).
  2. Under Accounts or Accounts and Sync, tap on Firefox.
  3. Tap your account name (usually your email address) to view the account settings.
  4. Tap the menu at the top right corner of your device and choose Remove account.

Part 1: Create a Firefox Sync account

You only need to do this part once. Launch Firefox on your favorite device and choose the appropriate directions below.

Sign up for Firefox Sync on your computer

  1. Click the menu button new fx menu , then click Sign in to Sync. The Firefox Sync page will open.
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    Note: If you don't see a Sync section in the menu, you are signed in to the old version of Sync. Please see How to update to the new Firefox Sync.
  2. Click the Get Started button.
  3. Fill out the form to create an account and click Next. You're almost there!
  4. Check your email for the verification link and click on it to confirm your account. You're ready to go! Go to Part 2 to connect your other devices to Firefox Sync.

Sign up for Firefox Sync on your Android device

  1. Tap the Menu button (either at the bottom edge of the screen or in the the top-right corner) and select Settings (you may need to tap More first) .
  2. Tap Sync, and then the Get Started button.
  3. The Create a Firefox account page will open in a new tab.
  4. Fill out the form to create an account and click Next. You're almost there!
  5. Check your email for the verification link and click on it to confirm your account. You're ready to go! Go to Part 2 to connect your other devices to Firefox Sync.

Part 2: Connect additional devices to Firefox Sync

All you have to do is log in and let Sync do the rest. Take note of the email address and password you used in Part 1. You'll need them to connect your other devices.

Connect another computer to Firefox Sync

  1. Click the menu button new fx menu , and then Sign in to Sync.
  2. Click the Get Started button to open the Create a Firefox account page.
  3. Click on the Already have an account? Sign in link at the bottom of the page.
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  4. Enter the email and password you used to create your new Sync account.
  5. After you've signed in, Firefox Sync will start synchronizing your information across your connected devices.

Connect an Android device to Firefox Sync

  1. Tap the Menu button (either at the bottom edge of the screen or in the the top-right corner) and select Settings (you may need to tap More first) .
  2. Tap Sync, and then the Get Started button.
  3. Click on Already have an account? Sign in link at the bottom of the page.
  4. After you've signed in, Firefox Sync will start updating your information across your connected devices.

Remove a device from Firefox Sync

Remove a computer from Firefox Sync

  1. Click the menu button new fx menu to expand the menu.
  2. Click on your Sync account name (usually your email address) to open the Sync preferences.
  3. Click Disconnect. Your device will no longer be synchronized.

Remove an Android device from Firefox Sync

  1. Open your device's Settings menu (not Firefox's Settings menu).
  2. Under Accounts or Accounts and Sync, tap on Firefox.
  3. Tap your account name (usually your email address) to view the account settings.
  4. Tap the menu at the top right corner of your device and choose Remove account.



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