Transfer Firefox logins and passwords to new computer

Firefox stores your personal data, such as bookmarks, passwords and extensions on your computer. If you need to migrate all personal information from old PC to a new one, you can browse to the Firefox profile folder to back up your profile, then move your profile to a new computer. Other than that, you can also make use of Firefox Sync to sync your bookmarks, passwords, and more on every device of your own. Today, we will show you just another way to transfer all your saved logins and passwords in Firefox web browser to new computer using the built-in Firefox password management feature.

Export saved logins and passwords from Firefox on the old PC

Run Firefox web browser on your PC. Click on the menu button at the upper right corner to open the menu panel. Then choose Passwords from the drop-down menu. If you have set Primary password before, you will be prompted to enter this password now.

Click the logins menu icon (three dots) at the top right corner, then choose Export Logins… from the expanded menu.

Export saved logins and passwords from Firefox on Windows PC

A dialog box will appear to remind you that passwords are saved as readable text. Click the Export… button to continue to save it to your computer.

Firefox allows you to export this data to a .csv file. Your passwords in the exported file will not be encrypted and will be in a readable form to anyone who can view this file. So do not upload online, email or share the exported file. Make sure to delete this file when you have imported the passwords to the new Firefox installation on the new desktop or laptop.

Transfer Firefox logins and passwords to new computer

You can share this .CSV file through Bluetooth, or export it to a USB drive and then copy it to the new computer.

As we mentioned above, do not upload online, email or share the exported file since it is not encrypted.

Import passwords, logins to Firefox browser

Many users find that Firefox Import Wizard allows them to import passwords, bookmarks, and other data from other web browsers but no way to import passwords from a file.

When we open the logins management page in Firefox, we can see the options to import passwords from another browser and export saved logins from Firefox. There’s no option to import passwords or logins from a local CSV file. This is because the option to import passwords from a file is disabled by default. We can however turn it on following below steps.

Enter about:config in Firefox address bar, press Enter to access the browser configuration page. You will see the warning. Accept the warning and proceed. Type or copy and paste in the preference search bar to find the option. You will see its status is false. Click the toggle to make it true.

firefox browser configuration

Now go to Firefox Passwords page, you will have the Import from a File option.

Import passwords, logins from a file to Firefox browser

Select the .CSV file that has the passwords you want to import and click Import. All the passwords exported from previous Firefox installation will get added to the new Firefox installation on another computer. The Import Complete message displays the import summary and click Done button to complete.

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