iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch: Sync/Transfer Your Bookmarks with Desktop/Laptop Computer’s Web Browser

Posted June 13, 2010 by Rob Rogers in Apple Mac

If you have a large collection of bookmarks on your Desktop or Laptop computer and want to add them to your iPad, you could go through the long task of typing them in one-at-a-time or you could opt for a simpler, less painful method using iTunes to transfer the bookmarks for you. The two-way sync will work with Safari on Mac computers and with both Internet Explorer and Safari for Windows on Windows PC’s. You can use a workaround to get Chrome or Firefox bookmarks onto the iPad, but it will not give you a 2-way sync between browsers.

1. Connect your iPad to your computer and open iTunes.

2. Select your device from the left column.

3. In the right column, select the Info tab.

4. Scroll down to the Other section.

5. For Mac users: Check the Sync Safari bookmarks checkbox.

For Windows users: Check the Sync bookmarks from checkbox and select either Internet Explorer or Safari from the dropdown menu.

6. Click the Apply or Sync button.

The two-way sync between your device and your computer is now created and will include them in the sync process when the device is connected to iTunes.

If you are using a browser other than those mentioned above, you can still get your bookmarks to your device by using iTunes, unfortunately this means that you will have to export your bookmarks from Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc. and import them into either Internet Explorer or Safari. You would then use the above steps to move the bookmarks to your device. While it does seem to be a sloppy solution, it sure beats having to enter the bookmarks by hand.

 

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