In our earlier article we have discussed the comparison of Firefox Quantum Vs Google Chrome browsers. Chrome is obviously winner with more than 65% of market share on desktop users. Though Firefox has a sleek design it makes sense to have a integrated browser with your favorite apps like Gmail. So, there are many users try both Firefox and Chrome and finally decided to move on to Chrome. If you are in that situation, here is how you can import bookmarks from Firefox to Google Chrome.
Related: Manage bookmarks in Google Chrome.
Some people use the word favorite instead of bookmark as in browsers like Edge. But both Firefox and Chrome use the word bookmarks for adding quick access for your favorite webpages. Let us explain the process in detail by creating a bookmark in Firefox and then showing how to import it in Chrome using default browser method and HTML method.
Creating Bookmark in Firefox
Open your favorite webpage in Firefox and click on the bookmarks button next to the address bar. Select “Bookmarks > Bookmark This Page” from the dropdown menu.
You can also simply press, “Control + D” keys on Windows and “Command + D” keys on Mac to open add bookmarks popup like below.
Enter name and choose folder to save your bookmark. We have entered the tag as “Firefox” to show that tag details will not be imported in Chrome.
Exporting Bookmarks from Firefox
Now that you have created a bookmark, you can create as many as bookmarks you want. The next step is to download or import the bookmarks to local computer. Importing to local computer may not be required when you have Chrome and Firefox installed on the same computer. Otherwise download the bookmarks from Firefox as HTML file.
Click on the bookmarks icon and go to “Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks” option. Alternatively press “Control + Shift + B” in Windows or “Command + Shift + B” in Mac to open bookmarks library.
Click on the star “Import and backup your bookmarks” icon and select “Export Bookmarks to HTML…” option. Select the location and save the bookmarks file to your local computer.
Importing Bookmarks into Google Chrome
Now you have downloaded the bookmarks from Firefox and let us see how to import into Google Chrome. Open Chrome and click on the “Customize and control Google Chrome” button as showing as three dots on the top right corner of the browser. Navigate to “Bookmarks > Import Bookmarks and Settings…”.
Alternatively open the command URL “chrome://settings/importData” in the address bar to directly open the import bookmarks settings popup. Chrome will show you a dropdown list containing all installed browsers on your computer.
Direct Import from Firefox
If you have both Chrome and Firefox installed on the same computer then simply select the “Mozilla Firefox” option from the dropdown. Note, in such case you don’t need to import bookmarks to local computer as explained in the above section.
Chrome will show all available options for importing content from Firefox. Check “Favorites/Bookmarks” option. Choose other options like browsing history, passwords, search engines and autofill data if you want to import all those data from Firefox.
Click on the “Import” button affect selecting the required options. Chrome will prompt you to close all instances of Firefox before you try to import directly. Close all Firefox browser window and click on the “Try Again” button. Remember, on Mac closing all browser windows will still run the app in the background. So you should also quit the browser app before trying again.
You will see a success message like below indicating all bookmarks are imported to Chrome.
Viewing Imported Bookmarks in Chrome
Chrome allows viewing the exported bookmarks without mixing with your existing bookmarks on the browser. This will be really useful when you want to consolidate the bookmarks after importing. Go to three dots menu and navigate to “Bookmarks > Imported From Firefox” section.
You can view all the bookmarks as you saw in Firefox are imported. The webpage we have added under “Other Bookmarks” section is also imported in the same manner.
Importing Using HTML File
In most cases, you want to migrate to Chrome because you need to use different browsers on different computers. In such situation, you may not have both browsers installed on the same computer. If this is the case then you should use the exported HTML bookmarks file to import to Chrome.
Open “chrome://settings/importData” URL in Chrome and choose “Bookmarks HTML File” from the dropdown list.
Click on the “Choose File” button and select the HTML file you have imported from Firefox. Chrome will show a success message like below after importing bookmarks.
You can go to bookmarks section to view all imported items. This will look same as importing directly from Firefox except that the menu item will show only “Imported” instead of “Imported from Firefox”.
What is Imported and What is Not?
In order to understand what is imported in Chrome, let us open the exported HTML file from Firefox using any browser. It will look like below having multiple sections to include default bookmarks from Firefox and all your custom bookmarks with recent tags.
When you compare it with the imported bookmarks in Chrome you will find all folders are exactly imported except recent tags. We have given the tag name as “Firefox” in our bookmark which can’t be seen in Chrome as there is no tagging option in Chrome.