Browser synchronization (often simply called sync) is a free cloud service provided by a web browser vendor for sharing settings and data across multiple installs. This is typically used to maintain a consistent browser setup on multiple devices. The user must be logged-in to their account to sync a browser.

Comparison

These are the items synchronized for browsers that provide this service. One notable exception is Chromium builds can no longer use Google Chrome sync.[1][2]

Browser Bookmarks Browsing history Passwords Form entries Other items
Google Chrome[3] Yes Yes Yes Yes Google services, apps, extensions, themes, reading list, open tabs, addresses, phone numbers, payment methods
Microsoft Edge[4] Yes Yes Yes Yes settings, personal info, open tabs, extensions, collections
Firefox[5] Yes Yes Yes Yes open tabs, credit cards, add-ons, web feeds
Opera[6] Yes Yes Yes No IPA link, personal bar, speed dial, notes, search engines, content blocker list

References

  1. ^ "Chromium sync Google API removed". Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Chromium Blog: Limiting Private API availability in Chromium". Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  3. ^ Google Chrome sync
  4. ^ Microsoft Edge sync
  5. ^ Firefox sync
  6. ^ Opera sync