How to move from Chrome to another browser

Despite some new improvements to user privacy, Google's popular Chrome browser has recently been sued in some circles problematic when it comes to privacy issues. These same articles suggest that if you are concerned about the security of your data, you should try a different browser, such as Firefox, Safari or Brave.

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Of course, anyone who has used a browser for a long time has built up a substantial library of bookmarks, preferences, and saved passwords. If you go to a new browser, you don't have to sacrifice your bookmarks; you can easily import them from Chrome into your new browser.

Here's how to do it.

If you move to Firefox:

  • After you have installed Firefox, click the "Library" icon to the right of the address bar and then click "Bookmarks" in the drop-down menu.
  • Click on "Show all bookmarks" at the bottom of the drop-down menu.
  • Click & # 39; Import data from another browser … & # 39; (if you are moving from a browser other than Safari or Chrome, you can first export your data as an HTML file and then import it to Firefox by selecting & # 39; Import bookmarks from HTML … & # 39;
  • Select & # 39; Chrome & # 39; in the box & # 39; Import settings and data & # 39; (unless of course you move from Safari …). You will be reminded to close the other browser.
  • If you have more than one Google profile set up with Chrome, you will be asked which type you want to move.
  • You can move your cookies, your browsing history and / or your bookmarks. Disable all data that you want to leave and click on & # 39; Continue & # 39 ;.
  • If everything went well, you will get a box with the text & # 39; Import completed & # 39 ;.

In my case, all my bookmarks and bookmark reports have been successfully imported, and they are all placed in a single folder named "From Google Chrome" on the bookmarks bar.

If you move to Safari

Safari is not waiting to ask you if you want your bookmarks; the first time you launch it, it automatically imports your bookmarks and history from Chrome or Firefox. Your bookmarks and bookmark folders appear on the "Favorites" page; If you go to & # 39; Bookmarks & # 39; in the menu bar. , they appear in a folder labeled & # 39; Imported & # 39 ;.

Don't you want your old bookmarks? That is simple. At the bottom of the Favorites or Top Sites page you will see a note asking if you want to keep the imported bookmarks. choose "Keep" or "Do not Keep." And it works. When I clicked on & # 39; Don't save & # 39; clicked, all my old bookmarks disappeared from the Favorites page.

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If you change your mind at a later time, it is easy enough to import your bookmarks manually:

  • Go to the menu bar and click on "File"> "Import from"> "Google Chrome." You can also click on "HTML file of bookmarks" if you are from a different browser.
  • Choose to import your bookmarks, your history, or both. Then click on & # 39; Import & # 39 ;.

And that's it! The Favorites page again contained my imported bookmarks and their folders and the Bookmarks drop-down menu showed the same folder & # 39; Imported & # 39; like before.

If you move to brave

The Brave browser is often recommended if you are looking for a browser that protects your privacy. It is just as easy to go as Firefox.

After installing Brave, you will be guided through a series of "Welcome Tour" slides. The second slide is an invitation to import your bookmarks and settings; just click on "Import". You can import your bookmarks at any time by clicking "Courageous"> "Importing bookmarks and settings …" in the top menu. Afterwards:

  • Choose from which browser you want to import. Brave apparently checks which browsers you use; interestingly, my picklist consisted of Safari and the two different accounts that I had in Chrome, but not Firefox, although it was also installed on my Mac. You can also install from an existing HTML bookmark file.
  • Select what you want to import: browsing history, favorites / bookmarks, saved passwords and / or cookies.
  • Don't forget to close Chrome before you start the process. I forgot and when I opened Chrome in response to a browser request and tried to continue, Brave hung up. I closed the import tab, again selected "Import" from the slideshow and this time the process went smoothly.

Brave places all bookmarks in a bookmark drop-down menu from the top bar. It has not separated my downloaded bookmarks. Instead, the bookmarks and files in my Chrome menu bar were now available in the Brave menu bar, a very nice detail.

What about my passwords?

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If you have used Chrome password manager, you have probably collected as many or more passwords as bookmarks. Unfortunately, it becomes a bit tricky when it comes to moving your passwords to a new browser.

Of the three browsers listed here, both Firefox and Brave can import your passwords together with your bookmarks. Firefox has done a good job by moving my passwords; I could immediately log in to a random selection of sites. Courageously, for whatever reason, imported only about a quarter of my passwords.

I still have to figure out a way to move my passwords from Chrome to Safari – and it's not really Safari's fault. While in the past you could export your passwords to chrome: // flags / and enabling the import / export function, which has now been changed to enable import only. So until it is again possible to export Chrome passwords, you just have to enter them again per site.

Or you can use a password manager such as LastPass or 1Password that can work with any browser you want to use.

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