Sync Your Firefox or Chrome Bookmarks With Your iPad

If you use Firefox or Google’s Chrome on your desktop computer then you probably have all your bookmarks set up how you want them and now you might be trying to figure out how to sync them to the Safari App on the iPad.  Here is a quick and easy way to sync all your Firefox and/or Chrome bookmarks with Safari on the iPad…

Being in sync these days is more important than ever because we tend to use smartphones, tablets, desktops, and laptops. Some of us use all of these each day.  The important thing for using multiple devices is having all your information on each device remain consistent.

We did a post on how to keep your calendar and contacts in sync. Here is some additional information to help you keep your Firefox and Chrome bookmarks in sync with your iPad.

Syncing Bookmarks With Firefox

The first thing you need to do in Firefox is export your data over to Safari on your desktop/laptop (whichever device you are using to sync your iPad to).  This process works on either a Mac or PC.

  • On your Firefox menu bar, click on Bookmarks and choose Organize Bookmarks
  • The window opens allowing you to manage your bookmarks.  Click on the Star button and choose Export to HTML
  • The Export Bookmarks File window now opens and you can choose a location to save your exported bookmarks
  • Open Safari
  • On the menu bar, click on the File menu and choose Import Bookmarks
  • Find the file that you saved from your Firefox export, select this file and then click Import

At this point all your Firefox bookmarks are now imported into Safari and if you have bookmark syncing turned on in iTunes when you connect your iPad, then those bookmarks will sync up with the Safari app on the iPad.

Syncing Bookmarks With Chrome

Chrome does not have as much market share as Firefox but it is definitely growing and has a very loyal user base.  If you are a Chrome user, then we are going to show you how to get all your bookmarks in sync with your iPad.

  • Download and install the Xmarks Add-on for Chrome.  You can download that here.
  • Sign up for an Xmarks account within Chrom (it’s free) and once you login it will then begin syncing your bookmarks.  All your Chrome bookmarks are actually placed on the Xmark server.
  • Install Xmarks in IE from here or in Safari here. (same location but it will detect your browser type)
  • Now you can sync your Chrome bookmarks and then when you connect your iPad to iTunes and have your Bookmarks syncing turned on, all your Chrome bookmarks will be in sync.
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