After last week’s news that Google Chrome has overtaken Firefox as the world’s second most popular web browser, it seems a good time to look at how to import your saved Firefox data into Google Chrome if you want to switch to Chrome (or use both).
The most common things to import from Firefox into Chrome are your Bookmarks, Saved website logins/passwords, Browsing History and perhaps your list of Search Engines. Fortunately, Chrome makes it really easy to import Firefox data but there is one ‘gotcha’ to look out for:
If you do not use a Master Password in Firefox to secure your saved passwords, skip to the ‘Import Firefox Data’ section below.
If you do use a Master Password in Firefox, you can’t import your saved passwords immediately – the website names and usernames would be imported but the saved passwords would all be blank i.e. you won’t be able to log into your saved websites automatically. The solution is to remove your Master Password in Firefox before trying to import data into Chrome (you can add a Master Password back again afterwards).
Remove A Firefox Master Password
- Open Firefox and in the Menu bar click ‘Tools’ then ‘Options’ then the ‘Security’ tab
- Untick the ‘Use a master password’ checkbox – when prompted, type in your current Master Password to proceed and then click ‘Remove’
- A ‘Password Change Succeeded’ message appears confirming that you have deleted your master password – press OK then OK again to close the Options window
Remember to add a Master Password back again after importing your data.
Import Firefox Data
1. Close Firefox and then open Google Chrome
2. In Chrome, click the ‘wrench’ (spanner) icon then click the ‘Options’ menu item
3. Click the ‘Personal Stuff’ option in the left panel to open the Personal Stuff page
4. Ensure that the ‘Offer to save passwords’ radio button is selected if you want to save login passwords in future
5. Now click the ‘Import data from another browser…’ button to open the Import Bookmarks and Settings window as shown below:
6. In the ‘From’ menu select Mozilla Firefox
7. Tick all the items you wish to import – by default all 4 are selected
8. Click the Import button to begin the process – you should see a Success! message confirming the items have been imported from Firefox into Chrome
9. Leave the option to show the Bookmarks bar ticked if you want to see the Bookmark bars at the top of Chrome then press OK to finish and then close Chrome
Where Is The Imported Data Stored In Chrome?
Firefox bookmarks are stored in the Bookmarks \ Imported from Firefox folder – accessible from ‘wrench’ icon \ Bookmarks (or directly in the Bookmarks bar if you have it displayed)
Browsing history is accessible from ‘wrench’ icon \ History (or use the shortcut CTRL+H)
Saved logon passwords are stored in the ‘wrench’ icon \ Options \ Personal Stuff window you accessed earlier to import your data – click the ‘Manage Saved Passwords’ button to display or delete them
Firefox search engines are stored in the ‘wrench’ icon \ Options \ Basics window – click the ‘Manage Search Engines’ button to display or delete them (or change the default)
Add A Master Password to Firefox
Unless you are uninstalling Firefox completely you should now add a Master Password in Firefox for best security – even if you never had one before.
A Master Password secures your saved passwords in Firefox – see our article on protecting Firefox with a Master Password.