How to Transfer Browser Settings From an iPhone to a Computer


iCloud shares select content on your iPhone with your PC or Mac. You can set up iCloud to synchronize your bookmarks with Internet Explorer or Apple Safari, or enable your Mac to view open tabs on your mobile browser. If, instead of IE, you use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your default browser, let iCloud upload the browser data to the PC, and then export the bookmarks to file. You can then import the bookmarks to your preferred application.

Transfer Bookmarks to PC

  • Tap "Settings," then "iCloud" on the iPhone. Log in using your Apple ID and then drag the slider next to Safari to "On."

  • Download and install the iCloud Control Panel from the iCloud website (see the link in the Resources) onto your PC.

  • Launch the application when installation completes. Select "Bookmarks"; deselect "Mail, Contacts, Calendars & Tasks" and "Photo Stream."

  • Click "Apply" to sync your bookmarks with Internet Explorer.

  • Launch IE from the desktop and then click "Favorites" (skip this, and all following steps, if IE is your primary browser).

  • Select "Import and Export," then "Export to a File." Click "Next." Select "Favorites" and then deselect all other options. Click "Next."

  • Select your iPhone bookmarks from the folders and then click "Next." Select a location to export the file to. Click "Export," then "Finish."

  • Click "Bookmarks | Show All Bookmarks | Import and Backup | Import Bookmarks from HTML" in Mozilla Firefox; click "Settings | Bookmark Manager | Organize | Import Bookmarks" in Google Chrome.

  • Follow the on-screen prompts to import the bookmarks from the file.

Sync Bookmarks and Tabs on a Mac

  • Tap "Settings," then "iCloud" on the iPhone. Log in to your account and then drag the slider next to Safari to "On."

  • Open the Apple Menu and then click "System Preferences" on the Mac. Select "iCloud" from under Internet & Wireless.

  • Select "Safari" to sync your bookmarks and tabs with your iOS device. Open Safari and then click the iCloud Tabs icon to view open tabs on the iPhone.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may need to restart Safari on your iPhone and Mac following setup to enable iCloud Tabs.
  • Information in this article applies to Windows 8, iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

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