As smartphones become a more essential part of our online experience, it would be nice to get our bookmarks onto our mobile devices. Some of us have curated our collection of bookmarked webpages for years, if not decades, and we feel lost when we don’t have them at our fingertips. Luckily there are some ways you can do just that and take them with you on whatever you device you choose.
Those of you have opted to use Google products may have it the easiest when it comes to getting your bookmarks onto your phones. If you use Chrome as your desktop browser, and Android 4.0 – also known as “Ice Cream Sandwich” — as your smartphone operating system, Google has already thought of you and set up everything you need.
Assuming you use the same Google account to control both, on your phone you simply need to go to Settings, then Accounts & Sync. Once there, you go to the Google Account section and check the box for Sync Browser. That’s it. You’re done.
If you’re using an older version of Android, you can use a third-party solution called ChromeMarks, which sells for $2 for the full version. Or you can opt for the free lite version that doesn’t allow for the create/edit/delete or auto-sync features.
Firefox is currently the second most popular browser on the market, and if you are on Android you’re in luck with how easy it is to get your bookmarks. There is a mobile version for Android you can download that will sync with your computers.
On iOS there is a free app called Firefox Home that will grant you access to your desktop history, bookmarks and open tabs on your iPhone.
Internet Explorer is still the most popular browser in the world, but it can be one of the most difficult to work with at times. If you’re on an iPhone, you can sync your bookmarks from it when you sync your iPhone and you’re done. Just make sure that when you sync that you have “Sync Bookmarks” checked in the options.
If you’re on Android, however, it’s going to be a bit more difficult as you will have to export your bookmarks to a file and then use a third-party application to import them. There are several available in the Android Market, and can range from free to a couple dollars in price.
If you use the Opera browser, there is a Opera Mini Web Browser for both iOS and Android that allows you to synchronize your data between your computer and smartphone with ease.
Considering that Safari is made by Apple, syncing it to the iPhone is done the same way as Internet Explorer through iTunes.
If you’re on Android, though, then you’re going to have to go the route of exporting them and then importing them with a third-party application, the same as with Internet Explorer for Android.
Third-Party Workaround for All
A lot of the browsers I mentioned would work for iOS or Android, but not for both. There is a third-party tool called Xmarks that can sync bookmarks between Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari that could ease all of that. Say you hate using Chrome on your computer, but it’s the easiest way to get the bookmarks to your phone. Simply install Chrome and Xmarks, have the bookmarks sync between it and your favorite browser, and then you can see them on your Android device with no problems.
There is almost always a way to get this task accomplished, it’s just a matter of how much work it takes.
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