How to Backup and Restore Information in Firefox Profiles?

By: Brooke M. Perry


If you are using Mozilla Firefox web browser then you need not fear about the loss of your personal settings such as passwords, bookmarks, passwords, extensions etc. Firefox stores all these in a profile folder on your computer. The location of this folder is separate from the location of the Firefox program. Whenever you will switch to a new PC, you can restore the backup profile folders of your personal settings and move them to the new device.

In this article, you will learn how to create backups of the information stored on Firefox and how to restore the stored information to a new location inside or outside the system.

How to Locate the Profile Folder Automatically Created by Firefox?

The first task is to locate the profile folder, where Mozilla Firefox has automatically stored the information. To locate the profile folder perform the following steps:

Click the Windows Start button to launch the start menu.

In the Search box of the Start menu type “%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\.” Don’t press Enter.

On typing the command, over the top of the Start menu, a list of profiles will come into view.

Click on any of the profiles to open it with Windows Explorer.

Now, Windows Explorer will open the Profiles folder.

Click on the Finder icon in the dock.

Next, go to the menu bar, click the ‘Go’ menu and then select ‘Go to Folder’
When the ‘Go to Folder’ window appears type ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles and then click ‘Go.’

This will open the window comprising the profile folders.

Now, look for a folder titled as “Default.” This folder is the profile folder where Mozilla Firefox has automatically stored your personal setting. Double-click on the folder and open it.

How to Back Up the Information in the Profile Folder in a New Folder?

Perform the following steps to back up your profile folder:

Go to the top of the Firefox window

Click on the Firefox button and then click on ‘Exit’ button

Next, locate your profile folder performing the steps that have been explained above

Once you have located the profile folder, right-click on it while holding down the Ctrl key, then select the ‘Copy’ option from the drop menu

Now move to the location where you want to save the file like a USB stick or some other drive in the computer

Once you select your location, right-click on it while holding down the ‘Ctrl’ key, then select the ‘Paste’ option from the drop menu.

How toRestore the Profile Backup in the New System

Launch the Mozilla Firefox in the new System

Go to the top of the Firefox window

Click on the Firefox button and then click on ‘Exit’ button to completely close Firefox

Now go to the location where you want to restore the backup folder

Create a new profile in that location using the Firefox Profile Manager and then exit the Profile Manager

Next, navigate to the backed up profile folder that you had saved on your hard drive or USB-stick

Open the profile folder backup and copy the complete content of the profile folder backup

Now paste the copied content into the new profile folder

While copying allow the overwriting of the existing files with same name

Start Firefox, and you will see that all your personal settings such as passwords, bookmarks, passwords, extensions etc. will be available for usage.

When you use Mozilla Firefox in a new PC, you tend to miss the personal settings such as passwords, bookmarks, passwords, extensions etc. that you have customized in your personal browsers. By learning the aforementioned tips you can backup and restore your Firefox Profiles in any new computer or the same computer, if you have reinstalled the browser afresh.



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Hi! I am Brook M. Perry, a prolific blog writer and keen author of articles related to computer security and solution for issues related to computers and mobile devices. Being associated with the reputed best pc tuneup service provider Qresolve, www.qresolve.com/online-computer-support.html

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