How to move from Chrome to another browser

Despite some new improvements in user privacy, Google's popular Chrome browser has recently been criticized in some quarters as 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 an alternative browser, such as Firefox, Safari or Brave.

Of course, anyone who has used a browser for a long period of time will have created a considerable library of saved bookmarks, preferences and passwords. If you move to a new browser, you will not have to sacrifice your bookmarks; You can easily import them from Chrome to your new browser.

Here's how to do it.

If you are moving to Firefox:

  • After installing Firefox, click on the "Library" icon to the right of the address bar, and then click on "Bookmarks" in the drop-down menu.
  • Click on "Show all bookmarks" at the bottom of the drop-down menu.
  • Click on "Import data from another browser …" (If you are moving from a browser in addition to Safari or Chrome, you can first export your data as an HTML file and then import them into Firefox by selecting "Import bookmarks from HTML … "
  • In the" Import settings and data "box, select" Chrome "(unless, of course, you are moving from Safari …) You will be reminded to close the other browser. [19659009] If you have more than one Google profile set with Chrome, you will be asked which one you want to move …
  • You can move your cookies, your browsing history and / or your bookmarks, uncheck the data you want to leave behind and click on "Continue."
  • If all went well, a box will appear stating "Complete import."

In my case, all my bookmarks and files of bookmarks were imported successfully and all were placed in a single folder called "Google Chrome" in the bookmarks bar.

If you move to Safari

Safari does not wait to ask you if you want your bookmarks; The first time you turn it on, 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 "Bookmarks" in the menu bar, they appear in a folder labeled "Imported".

Do not you want your old bookmarks? That is easy. At the bottom of the Favorites or Main Sites page, you will see a note asking if you want to keep the imported bookmarks. choose "Keep" or "Do not keep". And works. When I clicked "Do not save", all my old bookmarks disappeared from the Favorites page.

If you change your mind at a future date, it is quite easy to manually import your bookmarks:

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

And that's it! Once again, the Favorites page had my favorites imported along with their folders, and the "Bookmarks" drop-down menu showed the same "Imported" folder as before.

If you move to Brave

The Brave browser is often recommended when searching for a browser that protects your privacy. It's as easy to move as Firefox.

After installing Brave, you go through a series of "Welcome" slides. The second slide is an invitation to import your bookmarks and settings; simply click on "Import". You can also import your bookmarks at any time by clicking on "Brave"> "Import bookmarks and settings …" in the top menu. After that:

  • Choose from which browser to import. Apparently, Brave checks what browsers it is using; Interestingly, my pull-down options included Safari and the two different accounts I had in Chrome, but did not include 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, bookmarks / bookmarks, saved passwords and / or cookies.
  • Do not forget to close Chrome before starting the process. I forgot, and when I closed Chrome in response to a browser request and tried to move on, Brave hung up. I closed the import tab, I selected "Import" again from the slide show, and this time, the process went smoothly.

Brave places all markers within a marker Drop-down menu in the top bar. I did not segregate my downloaded markers. Instead, the bookmarks and files that were in my Chrome menu bar were now available in the Brave menu bar, a very nice touch.

What's wrong with my passwords?

If you've used the Chrome password manager, then you probably have collected as many or more passwords, since you have bookmarks. Unfortunately, things get a little complicated when it comes to moving your passwords to a new browser.

Of the three browsers mentioned here, Firefox and Brave are able to import their passwords along with their bookmarks. Firefox did a good job moving my passwords; I was able to immediately log in to a random selection of sites. Brave, for some reason, I only imported a quarter of my passwords.

I still have to find a way to transfer my passwords from Chrome to Safari, and it's not really Safari's fault. While you used to be able to export your passwords, go to chrome: // flags / and enable the import / export function, which has now been changed to enable only the import. Then, until it is possible to re-export Chrome passwords, you will only have to enter them site by site.

Or you can use a password manager like LastPass or 1Password that can work with any browser you choose to use. [19659035] Vox Media has affiliate associations. These do not influence the editorial content, although Vox Media can earn commissions for products purchased through affiliate links. For more information, see our ethics policy .

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