xBrowserSync is a free and open source utility for Chrome (and Chromium-based browsers), Firefox, and Android. Users can use it to sync their bookmarks across browsers and devices. It’s a nice way to not rely on a major company’s own sync service such as Google, Microsoft, etc.
Why a bookmark syncing tool?
While all major browser vendors such as Google and Microsoft have their own sync system, wouldn’t it be great to have a third-party option? For those that read my review of the Brave browser, one of its flaws is the unreliable sync system. I have been on the lookout for a service or utility that would let me bring my bookmarks with me. This looks like the solution I’ve been looking for.
Open-source, free, and secure
This is where xBrowserSync comes in. It is open-source and states that it is completely anonymous. If that’s not good enough, you can even self-host or choose alternative hosts.
Trying out xBrowserSync
After installing the extension in Brave, I clicked on the icon in the extension bar and went through the step-by-step guide.
After clicking next and reading the warnings and disclaimers, I was given a sync code with an optional QR code for mobile. I saved this and went over to a different machine and put in the sync code.
XBrowserSync explained that it would first clear the local bookmarks before downloading the most recent list. Next came a warning that I should backup my bookmarks just in case.
I added a few new bookmarks to my toolbar and then went over to my original machine. When I launched my browser, I noticed right away that my bookmarks updated because the favicons had not yet reloaded. After giving it a few moments, the icons were restored and everything worked great. Not being tied to a single browser vendor for syncing is wonderful!
One feature I didn’t realize would be so useful is the instant search. It first pops up if you click the xBrowserSync icon. I could see this being very useful for people with a large amount of stuff bookmarked so they can pull up items quickly.
Overall, it’s nice to have a third-party option that works across different browsers and your mobile device. If you’re a browser hopper like me, I highly recommend this free utility that can help you keep your bookmarks with you in whatever browser you use.
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