How to Sync Tabs Between All Your Devices using Chrome, Firefox, and Edge

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Sync open tabs in Chrome, Edge, and Firefox across all your devices to seamlessly switch and resume from one device to another.

If you use multiple devices for work or personal use, managing tabs may be a little intricate. This is where syncing tabs come to your aid. The option to sync tabs across devices is offered by most popular browsers.

The feature to sync tabs is built-in for most browsers and you don’t need to install a third-party program/app or extension. When the tabs are synced, you can easily view and access the ones opened on other devices if you are using the same browser for all. The process is simple and straightforward.

We will discuss the process to sync tabs across devices for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge, three of the most sought-after browsers. Also, we will be syncing tabs between a computer and mobile for your understanding. You can sync them between two computers or two mobiles as well.

Before you proceed, ensure that you are logged in with the same account on the browser across devices.

Syncing Tabs Across Devices using Chrome

To sync tabs on Chrome, you first need to turn on sync for all the devices. It might already be enabled for some of you, so the process will help you verify the same.

Turning on Sync for Chrome on Desktop

To turn on sync on Chrome for desktop, click on the ‘Menu’ icon at the top-right corner and then select ‘Settings’ from the drop-down menu.

In the chrome settings, click on ‘Turn on sync’ if it’s not already enabled.

You will now be asked to confirm the change. Click on ‘Yes, I’m in’ to proceed.

Once you have turned on sync, it’s necessary to check if the syncing of tabs is enabled. Click on ‘Manage what you sync’ to check what all is being synced.

If the ‘Sync everything’ option is enabled, Chrome is already syncing tabs. In case, you have selected ‘Customize sync’, check if ‘Open tabs’ is selected from the list. If not, tap on the toggle next to it to enable the option.

After you have enabled tab syncing on Chrome for desktop, it’s time you do the same on your mobile.

Turning on Sync for Chrome on Mobile

We will be using Google Chrome on iPhone to turn on syncing. The process is similar for Android devices as well.

Launch the Chrome app and tap on the ‘Menu’ icon at the bottom. The menu icon resembles an ellipsis, i.e., three dots.

Next, tap on the ‘Settings’ option in the menu that pops up.

In case the sync is turned on, you can proceed to the next step. If it is disabled, tap on the ‘Sync and Google Services’ option at the top.

Next, tap on the toggle next to ‘Sync your Chrome data’ to enable syncing.

After you have enabled syncing, it’s time to check whether open tabs are being synced. To check, tap on the ‘Manage Sync’ option.

If the ‘Sync everything option is enabled, your browser is syncing open tabs as well. In case the option is disabled, check if the toggle next to ‘Open tabs’ is on.

You can similarly turn on syncing for all the devices that you want to connect and view and access the tabs open on them.

Accessing Tabs Open on Other Devices using Chrome on Desktop

Now that you have enabled the syncing, press CTRL + H to open the browser history. You can also open it from the settings menu. In the history window, select the ‘Tabs from other devices’ section from the left.

You will now see the various tabs that are open on Chrome on the other devices that you are logged in to with the same account. Click on the link to open the tab on your computer.

Accessing Tabs Open on Other Devices using Chrome on Mobile

To access the tabs open on other devices on your mobile, tap on the ellipsis or the ‘Menu’ icon.

You will now find a list of options on the screen. Tap on ‘Recent Tabs’ to view and access the ones that are open on other devices.

You will now see a list of tabs that are open on the other devices and acces them from here.

You now know how to sync, view and access tabs across devices using Google Chrome.


Syncing Tabs Across Devices using Edge

Just as we did earlier, we will discuss enabling syncing of tabs on both desktop and mobile (iPhone) and how to view and access them on both devices, since these are the primary devices used by Edge users. Also, before you proceed, make sure that you are signed in to Edge on all the devices with the same account.

Turning on Sync for Edge on Desktop

To turn on sync, tap on the ‘Personal’ option in the toolbar at the top of the Edge browser.

If the sync is turned off, click on the ‘Turn on sync’ option in the box that appears. In case, the sync is already turned on, you wouldn’t see the option and can proceed to the next step.

Once the sync has been enabled, you need to check if ‘Open tabs’ are being synced across devices. Click on the ‘Manage profile settings’ option in the ‘Personal’ box.

Next, click on the ‘Sync’ option.

Now, check if the ‘Open tabs’ option is enabled from the toggle. In case it isn’t, click on the toggle next to it to enable ‘Open tabs’.

Open tabs are now being synced across devices on your Edge desktop browser. You similarly need to enable it for the mobile browser as well.

Turning on Sync for Edge on Mobile

To turn on sync for the Edge browser on your mobile, tap on the ellipsis at the bottom to launch the menu.

Next, select ‘Settings’ from the box that appears at the bottom.

You will now find various settings listed on the screen. Tap on your ‘Account’ listed under the accounts section.

You can view if the sync is enabled under the ‘SYNC SETTINGS’ section. If the sync is ‘Off’, tap on the ‘Sync’ option to enable it. In case it’s already enabled, you will still need to check if open tabs are being synced, so tap on the option.

To enable syncing, tap on the toggle next to ‘Sync’.

After it’s enabled, check whether ‘Open tabs’ are being synced, it’s listed under ‘DATA ITEMS’. If it’s not, turn on sync by tapping on the toggle next to it.

Accessing Tabs Open on Other Devices using Edge on Desktop

To access the tabs that are open on other devices using Edge on desktop, click the ellipsis at the top-right corner and then hover the cursor over ‘History’ in the drop-down menu.

You will now see the tabs opened on the other devices at the bottom. The tabs are listed under the device name to make it easier for you to distinguish.

Accessing Tabs Open on Other Devices using Edge on Mobile

To view and access the synced tabs on the Edge browser for iOS, tap on the ‘Tabs’ option at the bottom.

You will now find options at the top, ‘Tab’, ‘InPrivate’ for private or incognito browsing, and ‘Recent Tabs’ to view and access the tabs open on other devices. Tap on the ‘Recent Tabs’ option at the top-right.

You will now see device names and the tabs open on that particular device listed under it. To open a tab from the list, simply tap on it.


Syncing Tabs Across Devices using Firefox

The process here will be similar to the one discussed above. We will first enable ‘Open tab’ syncing on the required devices and only then can view and access the tabs open on other devices.

Turning on Sync for Firefox on Desktop

To turn on sync or check if it’s already enabled, click on the ‘Menu’ option at the top-right corner and then select ‘Options’ from the drop-down menu.

You will now find various sections on the left, select ‘Sync’ from the list.

If the syncing is turned off, click on the ‘Set Up Sync’ option. In case, it is already enabled, skip to the last step to check if the ‘Open Tabs’ are being synced.

The ‘Choose What To Sync’ window will pop up. Ensure that checkbox for ‘Open tabs’ is ticked and then click on ‘Save Changes’.

The sync has now been turned on and the various items being synced are displayed. Also, if the sync was turned on in your case, you just need to check whether ‘Open tabs’ are already being synced. If it’s not, click on the ‘Change’ option and add it to the list of items being synced.

Turning on Sync for Firefox on Mobile

To turn on sync for Firefox on iOS, tap on the ‘Menu’ icon at the bottom-right corner.

You will now find a lot of options displayed on the screen, select ‘Sign in to Sync’ from the list if you have not yet signed in to Firefox on your mobile. In case you have, you would see your email ID displayed here instead. In that case, skip the next step.

You will now be asked to log in to Firefox. There are two options to log in, either by scanning a code from your computer and approving the device or by logging in with the email ID and password. Choose one based on your preference and follow the steps to sign in.

After you have completed the sign-in process, you need to check if ‘Open tabs’ are being synced. To check, click on the ‘Menu’ icon and then click on your email ID at the top.

Check if the toggle next to ‘Open Tabs’ is enabled. If it’s, the open tabs are being synced and you can view and access the tabs you open on your mobile from the other devices.

Accessing Tabs Open on Other Devices using Firefox on Desktop

With syncing enabled on all devices and when you are logged in with the same account, you can easily view and access the tabs open on other devices. Let’s see how you can view the tabs open on other devices using the desktop version of Firefox.

To view the tabs, click on the ‘Menu’ icon at the top-right corner and then select your ‘Account’ from the drop-down menu.

You can now view the various tabs open on other devices. To open any of the tabs, simply click on it.

Accessing Tabs Open on Other Devices using Firefox on Mobile

To access the tabs open on other devices, launch the Firefox app on your mobile. Next, you tap on the ‘Synced Tabs’ option under ‘Your Library’ on the app home screen.

You can now view all the tabs that are open on different devices that you have synced. Also, you will find the device name mentioned at the top of each bunch of tabs to help you identify.

Alternatively, you can also view the synced tabs by tapping on the ‘Menu’ icon, selecting ‘Your Library’ from the list of options, and then tapping on the ‘Synced Tabs’ section at the bottom-right.


After you start using the sync tabs options to view and access tabs open on other devices, it would save both time and effort. Also, with the enhanced ease of accessibility, your browser experience is bound to be much more cheerful.