[3 Effective Tips] How to Backup Firefox Bookmarks

This post will show three ways to backup Firefox bookmarks, including exporting Firefox bookmarks to HTML files, syncing the Firefox browser on different devices, and using a professional backup tool to save a copy of Firefox bookmarks. Read on to learn the pros and cons of each of the three methods, and choose the one that works for you.

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Updated by Larissa on Nov 15, 2022

Firefox, a free and open-source web browser, is one of the most popular web browsers like Google, Opera, Microsoft Edge, and Safari. It's known for its fast speed, security, and privacy features. It is available on Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android operating systems.

Firefox bookmark is a practical and excellent feature that can be used for saving and classifying websites or links so you can easily access them later. The bookmarks can be used on different devices as long as you're logged in to the same Firefox account. 

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The Necessity to Back Up Firefox Bookmarks

While Firefox is a great browser, it's not perfect. Like any software, it might have bugs or be attacked by viruses that cause it to crash or lose data. That's why it's important to back up your Firefox bookmarks in case something goes wrong with the browser.

Prevention is always better than rescue. If you have the backups, you can restore these bookmarks to a new computer or device anytime with zero waste of time.

This post will show you three working ways and step-by-step guides to backup Firefox bookmarks. Please keep reading.

3 Easy Methods to Backup Firefox Bookmarks

Before diving into the specific steps, let's first study the advantages and disadvantages of each method so that you can choose the one that suits you as soon as possible.

Solutions  Pros Cons 
Export Firefox Bookmarks to HTML
  • Easy to operate
  • Built-in feature
  • Only works as a one-time backup solution
  • Susceptible to data loss
Sync Firefox Bookmarks on Different Devices
  • Allows you to have multiple backups on different devices
  • Can be done automatically
  • Not absolutely safe
  • Possibility of losing bookmarks during synchronization
Back Up Firefox Bookmarks Safer with Professional Backup Tool (Automatically)
  • Easy to operate
  • Safe backup solution 
  • Automatically backup
  • Schedule backup frequency
  • Save backups to multiple locations
  • Need to install backup software

Method 1. Export Firefox Bookmarks to HTML

The first method is using the Firefox built-in Backup feature. It allows you to export the bookmarks to an HTML file, and you can import the backed-up HTML file to a new Chrome or Firefox browser. But you need to operate it manually each time.

Follow the steps below to export bookmarks:

Step 1. Open the Firefox browser, find and click the three-horizontal bar icon, and select the Bookmarks option. In the Bookmarks window, click Manage bookmarks to open the Library window. 

Tips: You can also press the "Ctrl+Shift+O" keys together to open the Library window.

manage bookmarks

Step 2. In the Library window, click Import and Backup option, and select the Export Bookmarks to HTML... option.

export bookmarks

Step 3. A pop-up window allows you to choose a location where you want to save the HTML file. It is suggested that you choose an external hard drive or a USB flash to prevent computer virus damage. You can also give a name to the file in the File Name frame, like "firefox-bookmarks" shown in the picture.

choose save location and give a name

Step 4. Click the Save button when finished. Now, you have gotten a fresh backup of your Firefox bookmarks.

If you need to restore the backup to a new browser, follow the above steps to find Import and Backup, and choose the Import Bookmarks from HTML... option.

import bookmarks

Method 2. Sync Firefox Bookmarks on Different Devices

Another way to back up Firefox bookmarks is through syncing on different devices. As mentioned above, Firefox allows you to use bookmarks on different devices with the same Firefox account. Nowadays, many people own more than one electronic device, like a desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc. Syncing among different devices allows you to have multiple backups of bookmarks. So even if you accidentally delete some bookmarks on your computer, you can quickly get them back from other devices.

Warning
The sync feature doesn't work well every time. According to users' feedback, they sometimes encounter the problem that different devices cannot be synchronized or some bookmarks are lost during the synchronization process. Therefore, this method can only be used as a temporary backup method. It is not absolutely safe, and there is still a possibility of losing bookmarks.

Here are the detailed steps:

Step 1. Open Firefox on your device and click the three-horizontal bar icon in the upper-right corner. Then choose Sign In next to Sync and save data.

sign in to sync

If you don't have a Firefox account, click the create a new account button and follow the on-screen instructions to finish creating an account. If you already have an account, enter your email address and password to sign in.

Step 2. After signing in, you will be asked to choose what kind of data you want to sync. Make sure that the Bookmarks option is checked. Then click the Sync Now button to start syncing bookmarks on different devices.

Then, when you sign in to your Firefox account on the other devices, it will show the same bookmarks you synced.

Method 3. Back Up Firefox Bookmarks Safer with Professional Backup Tool (Automatically)

Apart from the above two backup solutions, a third option to keep the Firefox bookmarks safe is using a professional backup tool. 

EaseUS Todo Backup Home is a trustable backup software that enables you to back up bookmarks with simple clicks. Besides, it is much safer than the first two backup methods as it can back up bookmarks automatically, even scheduled backup hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly. You don't need to operate each time manually anymore, which is very time-saving.

Moreover, you can use EaseUS Todo Backup Home to save backups to external hard drives, Cloud service, backup and restore Google Chrome bookmarks too.

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Now, let's see how to backup Firefox bookmarks with EaseUS Todo Backup Home step by step:

Step 1. Click the "Select backup contents" button to start backup.

create file backup step1

Step 2. There are four data backup categories, File, Disk, OS, and Mail, click File.

create file backup step2

Step 3. Both local and network files will be listed on the left. You can expand the directory to select the files to be backed up.

File backup

Step 4. Follow the on-screen guide, select the destination where you want to save the backup.

File backup step4

Click "Options" to encrypt the backup with password in "Backup Options", set the backup schedule and choose to start back up at certain event in "Backup Scheme". There are also many other options you can explore, customize the backup task according to your need.

Backup options

Step 5. You can store the backup to local drive, EaseUS's cloud service, and NAS.

file backup step4

Step 6. EaseUS Todo Backup enables users to back up data to both third-party cloud drive and its own cloud drive.

If you want to back up data to third-party cloud drive, choose Local Drive, scroll down to add Cloud Device, add and login your account.

Backup to cloud
You can also choose EaseUS's own cloud drive. Click EaseUS Cloud, sign up with your EaseUS Account and log in.

backup to easeus cloud

Step 7. Click "Backup Now" to start backup. After the backup task is completed, it will be displayed in the form of a card on the left side of the panel. Right-click the backup task to further manage it.

File backup step7

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The Wrapping Up

These are all tutorials on how to backup Firefox bookmarks. The comparison above shows that Method 3 - using a professional backup tool is the best way to back up Firefox bookmarks. Not only is it easy to operate, but it is also a safe and reliable backup solution. In addition, it can be done automatically, so you don't need to worry about forgetting to back up Firefox bookmarks.

If you want to find a professional backup tool to back up Firefox bookmarks, we recommend that you try EaseUS Todo Backup Home. It is trustable backup software that you should never miss.

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FAQ on Backup Firefox Bookmarks

1. How do I move my Firefox bookmarks to a new computer?

The sync is a good option to move and transfer your Firefox bookmarks to a new computer. You can log in to the same Firefox account, and the bookmarks will automatically be synced to your new computer. Or, you can use EaseUS Todo Backup to perform a backup, then restore it to the new computer. 

2. Where does Firefox store Backup bookmarks?

The backup bookmarks file is stored in JSON format, and the default location is:

C:\Users\ \AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\\bookmarkbackups.

3. Does Firefox sync Backup bookmarks?

To sync Firefox bookmarks, you must check the bookmarks option while syncing. It will sync the backup bookmarks file to other devices that use the same Firefox account.

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Updated by Larissa

Larissa has rich experience in writing technical articles. After joining EaseUS, she frantically learned about data recovery, disk partitioning, data backup, and other related knowledge. Now she is able to master the relevant content proficiently and write effective step-by-step guides on computer issues.

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