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How To Sync Browser & Delicious Bookmarks to Your iOS Device

Having an iOS device is essentially like having a mini computer with you all the time. If you browse the web with it, syncing your browser bookmarks between your computer and device is a must and we’ll show you how.

Using iTunes with Internet Explorer

If you’re new to Apple products and iTunes or if you’ve been using it for a while, you may not be aware that you can sync contacts, bookmarks, calendars, and more with iTunes and your iOS device. Open iTunes and plug in your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch and click on it under Devices.

Then at the top click on Info, then scroll down to Other and select Sync bookmarks with Internet Explorer…or Safari if you’re on a Mac. You might also want to check bookmarks under Replace information on this iPod to clear out what you have on the device with what’s on your PC.

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Make sure you’re closed out of IE or Safari, then click Apply and wait for the sync process to complete.

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When it’s done go to your device and open Safari then Bookmarks, and you should see them all there from IE.

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If you want to get all of your bookmarks from Chrome & Firefox as well, you might want to export them and import them into IE.

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Sync Delicious Bookmarks

If you have a lot of bookmarks on Delicious that you want to bring with you, there is a handy free app you can use called iDelicious Free.

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After it’s installed launch iDelicious and go to Settings and sign into your account…

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You can use your Delicious login or your Yahoo login as well.

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From the main menu you can see your private bookmarks, search by what’s popular, or check out bookmarks shared by other users.

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Here is an example of Popular bookmarks that you can browse through on your device.

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If you use the Delicious service to save and share bookmarks, you’ll probably want to take a look at the iDelicious Bookmarks Free App.

There is also a pro version for $0.99 which has more features, but if you just need an easy way to access Delicious bookmarks, the free app is perfectly capable.

Xmarks Mobile

Another easy way to sync your bookmarks is to use Xmarks Mobile which is $0.99. Although, you may want to heed caution with Xmarks, as their future seems a bit uncertain. The way it looks now, if Xmarks stays alive, there will be a fee for the service.

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For Xmarks Mobile to work you’ll of course need it installed on the browsers on you computer.

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Then browse to your favorite sites on the go! It doesn’t change the bookmarks you have in the Safari browser on your device.

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If you’ve been looking for an easy way to sync your bookmarks from you computer to your iOS device, any of the methods above do a good job.

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  • Published 10/25/10

Comments (3)

  1. Charles de Lanoy

    Thanks for the post. My understanding is that more browsers will become available for iOS in November. I was a Firefox user but recently switched to Chrome. As a result Xmarks for PC to PC bookmark syncing is no longer required. Therefor hoping that Chrome for iOS will sync bookmarks in the same way. Anyone heard about this?

  2. JD

    I figured I’d spend a buck to support the developer and got the Pro version… be forewarned that the developer is serving up iAds – even in the Pro/paid version.

  3. Thomas DeLand

    If this is the feature you’re dying to have, why not go all-in and get it plus wayyyyy more with Syncables? I don’t get it. First of all, even if you’re on a Mac, screw Safari and get Chrome. With Chrome, you can use the Chrome-to-Phone extension that lets you instantly sync a web page to your Droid…actually though I’m not sure if it works on iPhone. But that is free and very useful. And back to Syncables: I use that software to sync all of my browser bookmarks between multiple computers (works between PC’s and Mac, etc.)…but I’m telling you, the real beauty of getting a full sync solution like that is you become addicted to being able to access all of your files and multimedia (especially sensitive stuff like finance spreadsheets) on whichever computer you choose. That is pure awesome.

    Everything comes full circle when you have the data and content you need available on each of your computers and your phone.

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