Browser bookmarks enable us to save our favorite Web links for access later. If you think of the Web as a supersized digital book, Web bookmarks work like real-life bookmarks by allowing us to mark a location on the Web that we intend to go back to later. Other browser programs aptly use the term “Favorites” for such collections of links.
If you use an iPhone and you’re planning to use an Android phone in addition to it, or if you intend to switch over entirely to Android, you will most likely also want to bring over your iPhone bookmarks to your Android phone. This is not an impossible task at all, considering that you can even transfer iPhone data such as your music, contacts, calendar events, and photos to your Android device.
Read the rest of this guide to learn how to transfer bookmarks from iPhone to Android.
Transferring Safari Bookmarks via iTunes
One easy way to transfer your Safari bookmarks from your iPhone to Android is through Apple’s media manager — iTunes.
This method presumes that you are using Safari as your default Web browser on your iPhone, rather than a third-party browser app for iOS. Using iTunes, you will first sync your iPhone bookmarks with Safari or Internet Explorer browser on your computer.
From there, you can then export your bookmarks into an HTML file and import the HTML file to either Google Chrome or Firefox on your computer. After that, you can then sync Chrome or Firefox with their counterpart apps on your Android device.
All of that does look a little too roundabout and long-winded, but the process is actually easy to follow along.
Exporting your bookmarks
The first thing to do is to transfer your iPhone bookmarks to either Safari or Internet Explorer on your computer. For this, you will need iTunes installed on your Windows computer. Make sure that iTunes can detect your iPhone. Also make sure that you installed the Safari or the Internet Explorer 11 browser on your computer.
Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable.
Launch iTunes and go to your iTunes Library.
Click on the connected device button at the upper-right corner of the iTunes window to view your iPhone’s summary page.
Select the Info tab and scroll down and locate the Other section.
Place a check mark beside Sync Bookmarks With and select either “Safari” or “Internet Explorer” from the drop down list.
Click Apply and select Merge to merge your iPhone bookmarks to either Safari or Internet Explorer on your desktop computer.
Now that you have synced your iPhone bookmarks to your computer’s Web browser, you need to export them into an HTML file.
If you synced your bookmarks with Safari:
Open Safari on your computer and click File on the menu bar. (If you don’t see the menu bar, click the cog-wheel icon at the upper-right corner of the Safari window to open the menu and select Show Menu Bar.)
Select Export Bookmarks. This will generate an HTML file of your bookmarks.
Save the HTML file to your computer.
If you synced your bookmarks with Internet Explorer 11:
Launch Internet Explorer and click the button with a star icon at the upper-right corner of the window to view your bookmarks.
Click the button with an arrow pointing downward to open the drop down list and select Import and Export.
On the next window, select Export to a File and select Favorites to export your bookmarks.
Select the folder in Favorites that contains your bookmarks. It is usually in the Favorites Bar or in the Bookmarks Menu.
Select a location to save the HTML file to and click Export.
With your iPhone bookmarks exported into an HTML file, you can now import those bookmarks to Google Chrome or Firefox on your computer. After importing, you can then sync the bookmarks to your Android device. Make sure that your Android device and computer are connected to the Internet.
The next section outlines the steps for importing the HTML file to Google Chrome and Firefox.
Importing bookmarks to Google Chrome
If you want to import the HTML file to Google Chrome for Android, follow the steps below. These steps presume that you already have Google Chrome for Android installed on your mobile device.
Open Google Chrome on your computer and log-in with your Google account.
Open the Chrome menu and go to Bookmarks > Import bookmarks and settings.
On the drop down list, select Bookmarks HTML File. Be sure to place a check mark beside “Favorites/Bookmarks.”
Click on Choose File and locate the HTML file that you exported earlier.
Select the HTML file to add the bookmarks to Chrome. Afterward, you will see a dialog box confirming successful importing of the bookmarks.
Select your Google account from the list. Make sure to use the same Google account as the one that you used to log-in to Chrome on your computer.
Once logged in, Google will sync the data from Chrome on your desktop computer to Chrome on your Android phone.
Importing bookmarks to Firefox
To import the HTML file to Firefox for Android, follow the steps below. These steps presume that you already have Firefox installed on your Android device.
Launch Firefox on your computer.
Open the Firefox menu and go to Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks. Or, simultaneously press CTRL + SHIFT + B to open the Library window (which is what the bookmarks window is called).
In the Library window, click on Import and Backup and select Import Bookmarks from HTML.
Locate and select the HTML file that you exported earlier.
All your exported iPhone bookmarks will now be imported to Firefox on your computer.
Open the Firefox menu on your computer and select Set Up Sync.
Log-in with your Firefox account. If you don’t have a Firefox one yet, create an account for free within the browser.
After logging in, Firefox will upload your browser data to the cloud.
Run the Firefox browser app on your Android device.
Open the Firefox settings page on your Android device and select Sync. The app will generate a unique code. Take note of that code.
On your PC, open the Firefox Options menu.
Click on the Sync tab and select Pair a Device.
Input the unique code generated by the Firefox app for Android. Click Next to continue.
Firefox on both your computer and Android device will now be paired. Browser data from Firefox on your desktop computer will now be synced to the Firefox app on your Android device.
If you don’t have your Android device with you, you can use Firefox’s Recovery Key feature to pair Firefox on your Android and computer at a later time.
To get your recovery key, go to the Pair a Device page in Firefox on your computer. At the bottom left corner of the window, you will find a link labeled “I don’t have the device with me.” Click on it to find your recovery key for pairing your Firefox on your Android device to the computer.
Save and make a backup copy of your recovery key. Firefox won’t be able to help you restore your lost or forgotten key.
To pair using the recovery key, just launch Firefox on your Android device and go to Settings > Sync and tap on Advanced Setup. Provide your Firefox account credentials and enter your recovery key. All your Firefox data between computer and Android device will now be synced.
If your Firefox data does not sync successfully to your Android device, try logging out and back in to your Firefox account and re-enter the recovery key.
Directly importing bookmarks to Firefox
If Firefox is your browser of choice on your Android device, you can skip the creation of an exported HTML list of bookmarks altogether. This method lets you easily and directly copy your desktop Safari or Internet Explorer bookmarks to Firefox on your computer. It is a more direct method that won’t require you to import an exported HTML file into Firefox.
Here’s how to import your Safari or Internet Explorer bookmarks directly to Firefox for Android:
Make sure that you have merged your iPhone bookmarks to your desktop Safari or Internet Explorer browser. For this, simply follow the steps in the section on “Exporting your bookmarks”; skip the steps for exporting the bookmarks to HTML.
Launch Firefox on your computer.
Open the Firefox menu and go to Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks. Or, simultaneously press CTRL + SHIFT + B to open the Library window.
Select Import and Backup and select Import Data from Another Browser.
A window will appear. Select “Safari” or “Microsoft Internet Explorer” on the list and click Next to continue.
On the next screen, select “Bookmarks or Favorites” on the list.
Click Next to continue and your bookmarks from Safari or Internet Explorer will be imported to Firefox.
Once your bookmarks are in your Firefox browser, you can now pair your desktop Firefox and your Firefox Android app to sync your bookmarks.
Directly importing bookmarks to Google Chrome
Google Chrome’s desktop version also allows you to connect to Internet Explorer and directly copy your Internet Explorer bookmarks to Chrome without the need to export your bookmarks into an HTML file. However, Google Chrome doesn’t allow you to link with Safari so you can’t directly transfer your Safari bookmarks to Chrome.
Follow these steps to directly export your Internet Explorer bookmarks to Google Chrome on your computer:
Make sure that you have merged your iPhone bookmarks to your desktop Internet Explorer browser. For this, simply follow the steps in the section on “Exporting your bookmarks”; skip the steps for exporting the bookmarks to HTML.
Open Google Chrome on your computer and log in to your Google account.
Open the Chrome menu and go to Bookmarks > Import Bookmarks and Settings.
On the drop down list, select “Microsoft Internet Explorer” and be sure place a check mark beside “Favorites/Bookmarks.”
Click Import to import your Internet Explorer bookmarks to Google Chrome.
Once your Internet Explorer bookmarks are in Google Chrome, you can now pair Google Chrome and the Chrome for Android app to sync your bookmarks.
Transferring iPhone bookmarks to Android via iCloud
So far, the methods discussed required a wired connection (i.e., via USB cable) between your iPhone and your computer. If you need a wire-free method, you can use iCloud to transfer your iPhone bookmarks to your computer’s Web browsers. And, then from the computer, transfer the bookmarks to your Android device.
For this method, you will be syncing your iPhone bookmarks to iCloud. So, you need to set-up your iCloud account in Settings > iCloud on your iPhone. Remember to enable Safari on the iCloud menu to sync your Safari data to iCloud.
And, for you to sync your iCloud contents to your computer, you also need to install the iCloud Control Panel on your Windows computer.
Also, since the process will be done through the cloud, an active Internet connection is required for your iPhone, computer, and your Android device.
First, transfer your iPhone bookmarks to your computer’s Web browser(s) via iCloud, as follows:
On your computer, launch the iCloud Control Panel and log-in with your iCloud account.
Be default, there will be a check mark beside the “Bookmarks” option. If not, place a check mark beside “Bookmarks.”
Click Options beside “Bookmarks.” A window will appear, showing the browsers that you can sync your Safari bookmarks to. You can choose Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. Place a check mark beside each browser that you want to sync to.
Click Apply. iCloud will ask you if you want to merge the data from your computer’s Web browser to iCloud. Select Merge to continue.
You will then be prompted to install the iCloud Bookmarks extension for Google Chrome and Firefox. Click Download to download and install the extension.
Once done, all your Safari bookmarks on your iPhone will now be synced to Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer on your desktop computer. Likewise, bookmarks from Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer will also be synced to Safari on your iPhone.
Now that your iPhone bookmarks have been synced to Google Chrome or Firefox on your computer, you can now sync the bookmarks to your Android device. Refer to the steps listed in the previous sections on syncing Google Chrome and Firefox desktop bookmarks to your Android device.
Transferring bookmarks from third-party Web browsers
Safari may be the stock and default Web browser on every iPhone, but it is not the only browser that you can use. Several third-party Web browsers exist for the iPhone. You can find them in the Apple App Store. Google Chrome, Dolphin Browser, and Puffin Browser are some of the well-known Web browsers for the iPhone.
If you use any of the said browsers instead of Safari as your main browser on your iPhone, transferring your bookmarks to Android should be a breeze. Take note that the steps for transferring the bookmarks vary according to browser app.
This section outlines the steps for transferring bookmarks from iPhone to Android for the Google Chrome, Dolphin, and Puffin browsers.
This browser makes bookmarks syncing sweat-free. Just log-in to your Google account in Chrome on both your iPhone and Android device. Chrome will then be able to sync browser data, including your bookmarks, between both devices.
On Dolphin Browser’s home page on your iPhone, tap the book icon at the upper-left corner to open the bookmarks page.
Tap the cloud with a sync icon at the top to open the Dolphin Connect login page. Here, log-in using your Facebook, Google, or Dolphin account.
Open the bookmarks page and tap on the star with a sync icon to open the Dolphin Connect login page.
Log-in to Dolphin Connect to sync your bookmarks to your device. Be sure to login to the same Dolphin account or login type as the one you used on your iPhone. For example, if you used your Google account to login to Dolphin Connect on your iPhone, also use your Google account to log-in to Dolphin Connect on your Android device.
Launch Puffin on your iPhone.
Tap the button with a 3-dot icon at the upper-right corner of the screen to open the menu and select Bookmarks.
Tap on Export Bookmarks.
A page will appear with some reminders regarding exporting your bookmarks to Puffin’s cloud servers. Your bookmarks will be saved temporarily to Puffin’s cloud servers for a day. You can also manually remove your exported bookmarks after you have imported them to another device.
Tap on Export. Puffin will give you a link to where you can access your bookmarks. You can also type in your email address to send the link to your email.
Open the link that you got from Puffin on your iPhone.
You will be given a choice to either merge existing bookmarks or replace all existing bookmarks in Puffin on your Android device. Select one option and tap Import.
A message will appear, indicating that your bookmarks have been imported to your Android device. On this page, you can also choose to delete the bookmarks saved in Puffin’s cloud server.
With the various methods for transferring bookmarks described in this post, your favorite Web URLs don’t need to remain tucked away in your iPhone for its exclusive use. In this guide, you were shown several ways to transfer bookmarks from iPhone to Android.
Have you ever tried moving your bookmarks from your iPhone to Android? Did you use any of the methods described here? If not, what method did you use? Share your experiences with us in the comment box below.