safari bookmarks on mac iPhone ipad

One of the useful features of iCloud is that it allows you to synchronize your bookmarks between your Mac and iPhone. In fact, the cloud service can be used to sync bookmarks between any iCloud-compatible Apple product without much effort. For our beginners out there, we’ve prepared this guide on how to sync bookmarks between Mac, iPhone and iPad using Safari. Read ahead for the step-by-step instructions… 

How to sync Safari bookmarks over iCloud on iPhone or iPad

Step 1: Tap on the Settings icon on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2: Scroll down and tap on the iCloud section.

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Step 3: Make sure that Safari is toggled on. The switch will be green.

How to sync Safari bookmarks over iCloud on Mac

Step 4: On your Mac, click on the Apple menu in the Menu Bar, and select System Preferences

Step 5: Click on iCloud.

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Step 6: Make sure that Safari is selected, as seen on this screenshot above.

After following these steps, bookmarks you create in Safari on your iPhone should appear on your Mac and vice versa. As you can tell, the only process involved in syncing bookmarks between your Mac and iPhone is ensuring that you have iCloud enabled for Safari on both devices. This how to is based on iOS  and macOS, meaning that it is subject to change as future software versions are released.

Feel free to share your own quick tips in the comments section down below.

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  • daftcinema

    Is it just me or, were anyone else’s bookmarks synced properly without any configuration ever since iCloud rolled out? This “tutorial” is a joke. I read iDB from time to time, but posts like these push me away more and more every time I visit. Post an actual article with something more informative than how to sync bookmarks, an option that is checked by default when iCloud is set up.

    • Joe Rossignol

      Thank you for your feedback. I think we provide a fair balance of topics on iDownloadBlog, including this tutorial for beginners. But I understand your concerns.

      If you look at our how to section, I am sure there are more elaborate topics that you may find interesting. You’re welcome to make topic recommendations too. We’re all ears.

      • Pamela Breedlove

        Thanks – I also needed this tutorial – instead of resorting to trial and error, this very quickly gave me the info I needed to sync my personal iPhone bookmarks with my work iPhone and iPad.

      • ODWms

        Worked for me too. For some reason, my bookmarks disappeared after a sync on both iPad and iPhone, even though all my settings were correct. Thanks for your help.

    • Annie R Lenap

      it’s just you.
      I needed this tutorial

  • Ali Majid

    is there a way to sync safari on windows with safari on ios ?

  • The Mouse

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!

  • miz_mdk

    Did you mean to say make sure Safari is toggled ON in the Mac iCloud settings? You said make sure it is off. Mine was ON on my mac, but my iphone bookmarks weren’t synced. However, after I turned it off and then back on, they synced. I think I have had to do this before.

  • Terri Houston

    I’ve done this but I’m experiencing further problems… I’ve changed my ‘Favourites’ in Safari on Mac, but my old ‘Favourites’ keep appearing on my iPhone. Any ideas??

  • David Berchtold

    “Step 6: Make sure that Safari is checked off.” Do you mean “toggled on” ?

  • Suzanne W

    Do you have to sync with the Mac? I’ve tried doing it from iPhone to iPad and it doesn’t work. I have safari toggle on both devices now in iCloud settings but it doesn’t work even when I switched my iPad off and on again.
    Please advise.

    • Suzanne W

      I left it overnight and in the morning it was all synced!! Panic over. Thanks for this tip.

  • ODWms

    I came here because my iPad and iPhone were both without my bookmarks that I’ve had for a long time on them. Just disappeared after a sync, and no matter what I did they wouldn’t return. I saw on here that someone said they turned Safari off in Settings iCloud, and then turned them back on. It worked on both devices! Thanks.

  • Angus Hogg

    daftcinema – I have never been on this website until 5 minutes ago, and have only just used it to rescue my favourites on my iPhone. I am unashamedly a complete ignoramus on all such matters and this was exactly what I wanted to sort out my problem. Whoever wrote this article – thank you so much.

    I have to say it is probably a good thing that you are pushed more and more away from this site, because the mere fact you are visiting it so often means you either need to get out more or are engaging at a level way below your capabilities. So, it is not a ‘joke’ article – it is an incredibly useful one for people who need instruction. Your talents would probably be be better used elsewhere – either writing comprehensible tutorials like this or visiting geeks’ websites that cater for every weird abnormality on IOS or how to build your own time machine.

  • Darf Nader

    And Chrome? Firefox??

    Thought not. Nothing to see here. Carry on.

    • In the time it took to write this comment, you could have imported your bookmarks from Chrome to Safari – blink your eyes and they’d have been synced to IOS.