These top two browsers come packed with awesome features, extensions and hacks. It’s easy to switch between them seamlessly if you keep your data in sync between them. Let’s explore nine ways to do that and get Chrome and Firefox to work in harmony.
Use Common Password Manager
Many popular password managers come with Chrome extensions as well as Firefox add-ons. LastPass, 1Password, Keeper, Bitwarden, Dashlane, and Roboform are some of your best choices.
LastPass: Free Password Manager – Google Chrome
LastPass Password Manager – Get this Extension for Firefox
For whatever password manager you choose, install the appropriate Chrome and Firefox extensions. Once you do, filling out forms and passwords in both browsers is painless. All you need to remember is the master password. And there is no effort involved in syncing your data!
If you don’t want to install the extension, you can still use the service’s web portal to access your password at any time. You can even import passwords from Chrome and Firefox into the third-party password managers you use.
Sync Your Bookmarks
Raindrop is one of the best options to take your list of favorite websites with you anywhere. The free tier lets you collect unlimited bookmarks, turn them into collections, and carry them across unlimited devices. With a paid subscription, you can do a lot more creating nested collections, removing broken links and duplicates, and so on.
EverSync is another way to back up your favorites and sync them across Chrome and Firefox. And how can we forget Pocket? It is one of the slickest and most loved digital bookmarking services around.
If you have a Google account, you can also use Google Bookmarks to access your favorite websites from any browser. We have to warn you that it’s not as advanced as the other options above, but it might work for you. Your Google Bookmarks are different from the Chrome bookmarks that are synced with your Google account if you have Chrome sync set up.
Switch to Regular Speed Dial
Call it speed dial, new tab page, or homepage. Whatever you call it, that home screen keeps your most used websites and functions handy at all times. It’s like the closing bowl by the door that keeps your keys, coins and wallet ready to go.
You can change the start screen in Chrome and Firefox with the default settings. However, we recommend using a third-party solution to keep it synced across all browsers. FVD Speed Dial is a good choice here. It allows you to create speed dial groups, customize backgrounds, back up your calls, and so on.
Want an alternative to FVD Speed Dial? Try Speed Dial 2 or Yay! Another speed dial!. The latter can also sync your bookmarks! And did you know that you can create your own custom start screen with Start.me?
Install Common Extensions
If possible, install an extension that has both Chrome and Firefox versions. Doing so will keep the interface and workflow the same even if you switch between the two browsers. Here are some sample extensions to get you started:
- Evernote Web Clipper (Chrome | Firefox): To grab items from the web and add them to your Evernote account
- The Camelizer (Chrome | Firefox): To view price history and get discount alerts while shopping
- OneTab (Chrome | Firefox): To reduce tab clutter and save browser memory
Useful Port Features
Think yourself stuck in Chrome because of a particular feature or two? Find a particular Firefox feature or extension irreplaceable? The good news is that with some smart extensions you can import the features you need from one browser to another.
For example, you can bring the popular hierarchical style of tab management from Firefox’s Tab Tree add-on to Chrome with Tab Tree. The latter displays the active tabs in a hierarchical format, which can be accessed from the extension’s toolbar buttons. A more popular alternative to Tab Trees is Sidewise Tree Style Tabs. Unfortunately, the extension hasn’t seen an update in a while.
Want more extension ideas along similar lines? Try:
Keep a Consistent Look and Feel
Improve your Chrome and Firefox integration by wearing them in matching outfits. Choose a theme that comes from the same developer or that has the same source of inspiration. For example, if you use Dark Theme for Firefox, also install its Chrome counterpart, Dark Theme for Chrome. With the Stylish extension, you can also create custom themes to use in both browsers.
Love the look of Chrome’s material design? Bring it to Firefox with MaterialFox or ChromeFox.
Memorize Common Keyboard Shortcuts
Certain keyboard shortcuts are standard across browsers including Chrome and Firefox. For example, in both of these browsers, Ctrl + T opens a new tab and Ctrl + D marks the current page. Learn and use all common shortcuts like these to speed up your workflow. With the Shortkeys browser extension, you can even remap shortcuts however you like to match them in both browsers.
Whether you want to make a to-do list or jot something down, having a digital notebook ready is essential. Web-based apps like Writer, Simplenote, or Laverna are good choices for this. It will sync your notes automatically. Save apps in pinned tabs for quick reference.
If you use Google Keep, install the official Chrome extension and the unofficial version of Firefox as well. And remember, there are many more Google Keep extensions worth checking out!
Browser Behavior Sync
You may not pay much attention to your browser’s response at every step, but it becomes part of your workflow. To switch between Chrome and Firefox smoothly, set them to respond the same way. Here are a few ways to do this:
- Use the same major search engines and keyword shortcuts.
- Set up a public veranda.
- Use the same Downloads folder.
- Tweak tab behavior for commonality.
- Have common social media dashboards and workflows.
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