Firefox Accounts: No Pairing Code or Recovery Key for Firefox Sync
Article by George Norman
On 29 Apr 2014
With Firefox Sync you can sync Firefox data across multiple platforms. You can sync passwords, bookmarks, preferences, add-ons, history, and tabs. To do so you have to enter a recovery key or a pairing code. After many users complained about this fact, Mozilla decided to make Firefox Sync easier to use.

With the release of Firefox 29, you no longer have to bother with recovery keys and pairing codes. You need only create a Firefox Account, log in, and sync data across devices. With Firefox Accounts, Mozilla makes it easier to sync data across all devices that can run the Firefox browser.


The new Firefox 29 that has been rolled out to the public today, April 29, comes with a revamped interface and with an enhanced version of Firefox Sync.

Say you get a new PC, install Firefox on it, and you want to restore all your bookmarks, passwords, preferences, and add-ons. You can easily do so with Firefox Sync by logging into your account and by entering your Firefox Sync recovery key. Let’s say that you also get a new Android smartphone, install Firefox on it, and you want to sync it with your desktop version of Firefox. You can easily do so with Firefox Sync by entering a pairing code.

With the enhanced Firefox Sync you no longer have to deal with recovery keys and pairing codes. You see, Mozilla introduced Firefox Accounts – you can create an account, sign in, and enjoy Firefox Sync functionality without having to enter recovery keys or pairing codes. Just sign into your Firefox Account and your data will be synced.

Existing Firefox Sync users can keep using the old version for the time being, but they cannot add new devices. Mozilla explained that it will disable the old Sync in the future.

Additional information on Firefox Accounts is available here.
Info on how to update to the new Firefox Sync is available here.

Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, Firefox Sync, Firefox Accounts, browser, update
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