Alternating between Google Chrome and Apple Safari, or Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge? This is how you can make sure that your valuable data stays with you.
Should you be considering a browser change—perhaps due to the features of a new programme or frustration with your current one—all of your saved information, add-ons, and favourites may seem like justifications to stick with your current browser. That need not be, though: As difficult as it may seem, moving your data from one browser to another is not impossible.
We’ve concentrated on four of the most popular browsers here, but additional applications offer comparable functionality; you should be able to locate them by examining the settings or searching for the migration tool that launches on a fresh install.
Open Chrome, select Settings from the menu by clicking the three dots in the upper right corner, and then import data from another browser. On the left, choose You and Google, followed by Import bookmarks and preferences. Choose the browser (or Bookmarks HTML File) from which you like to import data, then select the categories of data you wish to import before clicking Import.
Password management is done independently. Click the three dots in the upper right corner of Chrome to open the menu, then select Google Password Manager. To select a CSV file to import passwords, click Settings and then Select file. This is also where you can export passwords—click Download File, right next to Export passwords. (But really, use a password manager instead of the built-in password storing feature in your browser.)
As long as you’re synchronising it with a Google account, you may export additional data from Chrome as well (click You and Google in Chrome Settings to verify). Go to the Google Takeout website, confirm that the Chrome box is ticked, and then click If you would want to download only certain kinds of data, all Chrome data is provided. To finish, click Next Step and adhere to the on-screen directions.
Going forward, if you’re going to be using Apple’s Safari as your browser, you may access the import choices by selecting Import From from the File menu. The browsers that Safari can directly interact with, such as Chrome and Firefox, will show up in the submenu. All you have to do is click on the browser of your choice to select the data types you wish to import and begin the process.
Select either the Passwords CSV File or the Bookmarks HTML File from the Import From option to import data from other browsers, such as Microsoft Edge. You may then select the appropriate file and import it if the browser you’re switching from supports exporting data in these formats.
Click File, then Export to see the export choices if you’re switching from Safari to another browser. You will be prompted to select the name and location for the export file, and you will have two options: Bookmarks and Passwords. Because the data is sensitive, there is an additional confirmation warning when using the passwords option.
Click the three horizontal lines (top right) and then Settings to see the Firefox Settings page, where you may import data from another browser. A list of all the additional browsers Firefox detects on your system will appear when you select Import Data next to Import Browser Data on the General page.
The majority of browsers, including Chrome, Safari, and Edge, can import data straight into Firefox. An additional alternative is to import bookmarks from HTML files. You may select which data to capture by navigating to the drop-down menu behind the one where you select which browser to use. Passwords and bookmarks are included. After making your selections, click Import to begin the procedure.
You may export your bookmarks into HTML form if you decide to stop using Firefox: To export bookmarks to HTML, open the Firefox menu (three horizontal lines in the upper right corner), select Bookmarks and Manage bookmarks, then click the two-arrowed import and backup button. Password exporting is also possible: This time, select Passwords from the Firefox menu, followed by Export Logins and the three dots in the upper right corner.
Click the three dots (top right) and select Settings and Profiles to import data from external sources if you are using Microsoft Edge as your browser. When you select Import browser data, Edge compatible browsers (Firefox and Chrome, for example) appear at the top of the list. To transfer data from the selected browser, simply click Import.
To import content from browsers that aren’t directly supported, select what to import. This will provide you with a number of alternatives, such as browsers that enable a partial import, password-protected CSV files, and bookmarks in HTML format. Using the Import Passwords option, you may import information from an external password manager as well.
You may export your passwords as a file that you can open in a different browser by clicking Export Passwords from the same Profiles screen in Settings, followed by the three dots immediately above your list of passwords. Click the three dots (upper right) to access the main Edge menu. Next, select Favourites. Finally, click the three dots once again to access the Export favourites dialogue. This will export all of your Edge bookmarks.
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