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Safari and FireFox on iPhone sharing data

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I have Firefox installed on my iPhone as well as on my MacBook. When I browse using Firefox on my iPhone and I'm in close range of my MacBook, I get a notification on my MacBook for the Firefox page visited on my iPhone, and if I click on the notification, the page is opened in Firefox on my MacBook. This makes sense to me. However, what I don't understand is, this same behavior occurs even when I open a web page in Safari on my iPhone - i.e. I get a notification from Firefox on the iPhone appearing on my MacBook. Why would this happen? These are two distinct apps, I didn't think they could share data.

I have Firefox installed on my iPhone as well as on my MacBook. When I browse using Firefox on my iPhone and I'm in close range of my MacBook, I get a notification on my MacBook for the Firefox page visited on my iPhone, and if I click on the notification, the page is opened in Firefox on my MacBook. This makes sense to me. However, what I don't understand is, this same behavior occurs even when I open a web page in Safari on my iPhone - i.e. I get a notification from Firefox on the iPhone appearing on my MacBook. Why would this happen? These are two distinct apps, I didn't think they could share data.

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The sharing between the Macbook and your phone is actually occurring through iCloud, not Firefox, which is why it works on Safari as well as Firefox.

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The sharing between the Macbook and your phone is actually occurring through iCloud, not Firefox, which is why it works on Safari as well as Firefox.

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Thanks Eve. I need to learn more about how iCloud works and in particular, how it syncs an app between the iPhone and MacBook. I thought it only did this for Apple apps, e.g. FaceTime, Messages, etc.

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Safari can import password from Firefox even when a Master Password is set in FF (Safari will ask you for it). It would be great if Firefox can do the same with icloud/keychain! This will definitely helps people switching from Safari to Firefox!

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I’m not understanding Eve’s response.

I want both Firefox and Safari (on both my iPhone and on my MacBook Air) to see the total unified history of sites I’ve visited. How do I do this? How do I use iCloud to accomplish this?