We often have to use different browsers depending on the operating system of the working device. A smartphone can run on Android, a Windows computer at work, and a MacBook at home. And sometimes even on the same computer, for some reason, you have to work with different browsers.
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As a result, it turns out that each program has its own set of bookmarks. The question of synchronization of these elements, as well as the history of visits, saved passwords, arises reasonably. Starting with Safari 13.1 (this browser is part of macOS Catalina 10.15), it is possible to import passwords and other information saved in Google Chrome or Firefox. This is very convenient if Safari is the main tool for daily surfing. Passwords, bookmarks and browsing history can be transferred with just a few clicks.
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Automatically import bookmarks and browser history into Safari from other browsers the first time you launch the app
When you start Safari for the first time, you can automatically import passwords, bookmarks, and browsing history from other default browsers on your system. It is possible to export bookmarks in HTML format from Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.
1. Launch the Safari browser on your Mac. The first time you use the app, you will be prompted at the bottom of the favorites page about importing objects.
2. You can choose one of three options:
- Saving Imported Objects… In this case, Safari will automatically transfer all bookmarks and browsing history from Chrome, or import history, bookmarks and passwords from Firefox.
- Removing imported objects. Selecting this option will remove imported objects.
- Decide later. Using this option, you can return to the favorites or best sites page, and start importing later. To display Top Sites or Favorites, select the menu Bookmarks → Show frequently visited sites in favorites or Bookmarks → Show Favorites.
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How to manually transfer bookmarks from Google Chrome, Firefox, etc. in Safari
With this sequence of steps, you will be able to manually import Google Chrome passwords into Safari.
1. Close all web browsers
2. Launch Safari browser version 13.1 or later.
3. Select File from the menu bar.
4. Select “Import from”
5. From the list provided, select the browser from which you want to receive information.
6. Check the items you want, for example “Passwords” and / or “Bookmarks”…
7. Click “Import”…
The selected data is imported into Safari, and you can use the passwords that were previously saved in another browser: Google Chrome or Firefox. All Safari passwords can be found through the application menu bar in Safari → Settings → Passwords… Bookmarks can also be checked via the menu bar Bookmarks → Show bookmarks… A similar option will help to study the history of site visits.
In this case, new bookmarks will appear in the list after the previous ones. The imported history will be displayed along with the existing one. Imported passwords will be included in the keychain, which will make it possible to conveniently use auto-complete forms on various sites.
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How to export bookmarks file from Safari
1. Launch the Safari application on your Mac. Open in the menu bar File → Export bookmarks…
2. The created file will be named by default Bookmarks Safari…html
3. To export these bookmarks in another browser, you need to import the file created in the previous step.
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How to export bookmarks file from Google Chrome
1. Launch the Google Chrome browser.
2. Go to Bookmark manager… In Windows, you need to press the key combination Ctrl + Shift + O, on macOS – ⌘Cmd + ⌥Option (Alt) + B…
3. In the menu Control (three dots top right on a blue background) select “Export bookmarks”… The resulting file in HTML form is ready for import, including on another device.
Note: note that there is no way to export using a file from Google Chrome no passwords, no history.
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How to import HTML file of bookmarks into Safari on Mac
1. Launch the Safari app on Mac and select File → Import from → Html-file bookmarks or File → Import bookmarks (in the absence of other browsers installed on the system).
2. Select the file you want to import.
3. Click “Import“. After the end of the transfer of bookmarks, they can be seen at the bottom of the side menu in a new folder under a name consisting of the word “Imported” and dates.
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Check Safari version
If you’re having trouble importing, it is likely that your Mac is running an outdated version of the Safari browser. In order to check, in the menu bar, go to the path Safari → About the app Safari…
And you can update your browser by updating the entire system. To do this, you need to go to the menu Apple → Systemic settings → Update ON…