Signing in and Syncing Browser Bookmarks

This document explains how to sign into your browser account and then sync your bookmarks. It also serves to provide official browser support articles.


Chrome's Official Instructions that include Android and iOS:

Sign in & sync in Chrome

Chrome Browser

In order to turn on sync, you must have a Google Account. Your and are Google Accounts.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click Profile Profile.
  3. Click Turn on sync....

    • If you're not signed into your Google Account, you'll be prompted to sign in.

  4. Click Yes, I'm in.


Firefox's Official Instructions on Creating an Account and Enabling Sync:

Create a Firefox Account & Sync

Firefox Browser

If you're already signed in (see How do I know the status of my sync?) click Sync Now to start syncing immediately.

You will need a Firefox account to enable sync. To create an account:

  1. Click the menu button Fx89menuButton to open the menu panel.
  2. Click the Sign In button next to Sync and save data.
    Sign in to your Firefox Account
    • The Firefox accounts sign-in page will open in a new tab.
  3. Enter your email and click Sign up or sign in.
    Sign up or sign in to your account
  4. Create a password and enter your age (Why do we ask?) and click on Create account
    create account
    • Take note of the email address and password you used: You'll need them to sign in.
  5. Choose what information to sync. (See How do I choose what information to sync on Firefox?)
  6. You will receive a confirmation email from Firefox with a 6-digit confirmation code. Use it to confirm your account.
  7. Once your account is confirmed, sync is enabled automatically.


Safari's bookmarks are saved and synced through iCloud. You must have an Apple ID in order to enable and sync bookmarks.
Create Apple ID

Mac OS

For troubleshooting and enabling bookmark sync, here is Apple's official support article:

If your iCloud or Safari bookmarks aren't syncing

First, make sure you are Signed into iCloud: (If you are already signed in, skip to step 2)

  1. On your Mac, do one of the following:

    • macOS 13 or later: Choose Apple menu Apple Logo > System Settings, click [your name] at the top of the sidebar, then click iCloud on the right.

      If you do not see your name, click 'Sign in with your Apple ID', enter your Apple ID (or a Reachable At email address or phone number that you added in Apple ID settings), enter your password, then click iCloud.

      Mac OS System Preferences, iCloud Location Image
    • macOS 12 or earlier: Choose Apple menu Apple Logo > System Preferences, click Apple ID, then click iCloud.

      If you do not see Apple ID, click Sign In, enter your Apple ID and password, then click iCloud

  2. Then make sure Safari is checked in your iCloud settings.
    Mac OS System Preferences, iCloud "Show All" Button ImageMac OS System Preferences, Apps Using iCloud "Safari" Toggle Image
  3. Safari will try to sync either when you turn on Safari in the iCloud settings or when you try to go to any webpage in Safari.


Safari is no longer supported on Windows by Apple and should not be used.


Opera's Official Instructions on Creating an Account and Syncing:

Sync your Browser

Opera Browser

Opera Browser Account Button Image

Use the Opera account button located to the right of the combined search and address bar to sign in to your Opera account. You can also find this in Settings (Preferences on Mac) > Browser Synchronization.

When you’re signed in successfully, the button will display a green check mark. This check mark indicates that Opera is syncing your browsing data to your account.

If you don’t have an Opera account, click the Create my Account! button to register for one.

To select what kinds of browsing data Opera syncs between devices:

  1. Go to Settings (Preferences on Mac).
  2. Click Browser in the sidebar.
  3. Under Synchronization, click the Advanced Configuration button.
  4. Tick or untick the checkboxes next to the data types you wish to sync.


Microsoft's Official Instructions on Signing into an Account and Syncing:

Sign in to sync Microsoft Edge across devices

Edge Browser

If your device is University owned and you are logged in with your Directory ID, your Edge may already be signed into your UMD Microsoft account and syncing.

    1. Confirm your Microsoft edge is logged into the Microsoft account with the Bookmarks/Favorites you want synced by clicking the Microsoft Edge Profile Icon profile icon at the top of the browser.
      • If there is no account signed in, sign in using the account you have bookmarks on. (Most likely your account)
    2. If you are signed in, you will see "Sync is on" under your account, when you click on the Microsoft Edge Profile Icon profile icon.

If you are signed into the account with the bookmarks you want, but they haven't synced:

  1. Go to edge://settings/profiles, and click "Sync" under the account you want synced.
  2. Make sure the "Favorites" toggle is switched on.
  3. Close and re-open Edge.
  4. Click the Microsoft Edge Profile Icon profile icon, and confirm it says "Sync is on".
  5. Your bookmarks should have synced.

Exporting and Importing Bookmarks/Favorites

If syncing didn't work, you can try exporting your bookmarks from one machine and importing them to the other machine.

  1. On the machine with the bookmarks you want, open your "Favorites" button, and click on the "..." inside that window, and "Export favorites".
    Microsoft Edge, Find Import / Export Image
  2. Copy that file to the other machine. (Through emailing yourself or transferring on a USB stick)
  3. On the machine without your bookmarks, open your "Favorites" button, and click on the "..." inside that window, and "Import favorites", selecting the file you brought over.


KeywordsBrowser, Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Safari, Bookmark   Doc ID132219
OwnerKen M.GroupUMD Engineering IT
Created2023-10-20 12:01:49Updated2023-10-20 15:39:19
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