Use Sync to share your Firefox bookmarks, passwords and more with Firefox for mobile

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You can use Firefox Sync to share your bookmarks, passwords, settings, history, and tabs between your desktop and mobile. First just set up Firefox Sync on your desktop and then add your mobile device with the easy setup code.

Part 1: Set up Firefox Sync on your desktop

  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

    Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose OptionsPreferences

    . In the OptionsPreferences window, click on the Sync tab.
  2. Click Set Up Firefox Sync.
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  3. Click Create a New Account.
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  4. Enter your email address, create a password and confirm it. Then check "I agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy" and click NextContinue.
  5. This is your Sync KeyRecovery Key. Now is a good time to save or print a copy of your key and store it somewhere safe. When you are done with this step, click NextContinue.
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    The Sync KeyRecovery Key is used to encrypt your data before it's sent to the Mozilla servers. Think of it as a key that locks your information in a vault that only you can open. This means that neither Mozilla nor anyone else can read your information without having your Sync KeyRecovery Key to unlock it.
  6. Confirm that you are not a robot by entering the text from the image. Then click NextContinue.
  7. You will see a Setup Complete! message. Click FinishDone to close the setup window and take you back to the Sync panel.
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  8. You do not need to do anything else. Firefox Sync will automatically sync your data in the background from here on.
    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 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 your mobile

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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Part 3: Connect your mobile to your Sync account

Enter the setup code on your desktop to connect your mobile 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 mobile 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

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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