How to transfer web browser bookmarks to the iPhone
Mac Tip #417, 30 December 2009
Tired of typing URLs into your iPhone’s web browser? Here’s how to use the Bookmarks you already have on your computer.
iPhone uses Safari bookmarks
Any bookmarks you have in Safari on the Mac synchronise with Safari on the iPhone or iPod touch.
It’s holiday time and I’m away from my normal setup. Things probably work the same way for users of Windows, but I’m unable to test, I’m afraid. Please leave a Comment if you have useful information.
First, you need to have your favorite bookmarks in Safari on the Mac. If you use a different web browser, such as Firefox, then import the bookmarks into Safari.
Export Firefox bookmarks
- Open Firefox.
Organise Bookmarks…from the Firefox
Bookmarksmenu. The Bookmarks Library window opens.
- Select the Bookmarks collection to export — for example, the
- Click on the Favorites button on the Bookmarks Library window toolbar and choose
Export HTML…. A standard Save dialog box is displayed.
- Choose a location and a filename for the exported Bookmarks file and click the
Savebutton. The bookmarks file is saved.
Import bookmarks to Safari
- Open Safari on the Mac.
Import Bookmarks…from the Safari
Filemenu. A standard Open dialog box is displayed.
- Select the file you exported from Firefox and click the
Importbutton. The Safari Bookmarks window opens and an item labelled
Imported [date]is added at the end of the Bookmarks list in the Collections column. That item contains the Bookmarks you exported from Firefox.
Synchronise Safari Bookmarks with iPhone
- Plug your iPhone or iPod touch in to your Mac.
- Open iTunes.
- Select your iPhone or iPod in the Devices portion on the left-hand side of the iTunes window. The right-hand side of the iTunes window displays Settings tabs for the selected device.
- Select the
- Scroll down to the
Web Browsersection of the Info tab.
- Check the box beside
Sync Safari bookmarks.
Now when you sync your iPod touch or iPhone to your Mac the Safari bookmarks will be transferred.
Use Bookmarks on your iPhone or iPod touch
To call up a bookmark on the handheld device open Safari on the device and tap on the open book icon at the bottom of the screen.
If you start typing an URL in the Safari Address Bar on the handheld then suggestions drawn from Bookmarks will be listed below the Address Bar. Select a suggestion to enter it in the Address Bar.
Most web browsers should offer a way to export the Bookmarks or Favorites file. Check with the Help for the browser you use. I was unable to find a way to export bookmarks for Google Chrome v 18.104.22.168.
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