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Sync Bookmarks Data between Opera on the Computer and Phone

Do you want to sync bookmarks or favorites in your Opera browser between devices? Learn how to connect and synchronize data across devices.

The Opera browser has a feature that allows syncing the browser data, like Bookmarks, History, etc., across different devices. However, we need to connect two devices with the same account. We can either register an Opera account or use the QR code sign-in method. The favorites seamlessly sync between Opera Mobile and the computer.

Sync Web Bookmark Links on Opera browser

When it comes to the browsing domain, cross-device support is probably one feature that is on top of the priority list of nearly every user.

The reason for the cross-device support is no hidden secret either. Its name shows that it allows you to sync your browser data across all the linked devices.

It allows you to access your bookmarks, saved passwords, history, and other related data from any linked device. You only need to sign in to the same account across all these devices, and your data will be streamlined and available across all of them.

But this is where things begin to go south for some users as they consider this element of account creation a significant privacy risk.

Well, when it comes to Opera, you don’t need to worry about it, as the browser allows you to sync bookmarks even if you don’t have an Opera account. All this is possible thanks to its new QR Code functionality.

So apart from the straightforward approach of creating an account, you could also sync bookmarks between Opera Computer and Mobile via this QR Code feature.

As far as this guide is concerned, we will focus on both these methods. You may try out the one that meets your requirements.

QR Code Sign-in and Sync

Beginning with Opera Mobile v60 and Opera Web v71, you could sync all your Opera data directly by scanning a QR Code without creating an account.

The QR code will create a mirror copy of your bookmarks, speed dial, and opened tabs on your PC. When you scan this code on your smartphone, the browser will recreate those data precisely as they were on your PC.

Here are the steps to sign in and sync the Opera browser using a QR Code scan:

  1. Launch the Opera browser on the computer.
  2. Access in the address bar.
    It shall open the QR code on the Opera browser.
    Scan QR code on Opera for Android
  3. Next, launch Opera Mobile on the phone.
  4. Tap on the QR Code icon present in the search bar.
    QR Code Scanning in Opera MobileIt will ask for the camera’s permission to scan the code.
  5. Allow Opera to access camera permission.
    Allow Camera access to Opera mobile for QR code scan
  6. Scan the QR Code displayed on Opera Computer.
    The Opera will display a security code on the mobile screen. Make sure it matches the one displayed on the computer screen.
    Confirmation Code for connecting Opera browser
  7. Click on the Yes, they match the button.
    Confirm Security Code match between Opera Computer and Mobile

That’s it. You will be signed in as an anonymous user, and the data synchronization between these devices will be completed.

Now to check if the bookmark sync between mobile and Opera computers is enabled, you can follow the below steps:

  1. Launch the Opera browser on your smartphone.
  2. Tap on Opera opera logo to open the menu and select Bookmarks.
    Opera Mobile browser Bookmarks menu
  3. All your Opera computer bookmarks are synced into the browser’s mobile version.
    Bookmarks Available in Opera Mobile browser

That’s it. This is how you could sync Opera bookmarks between two devices without linking any of your accounts using passwordless QR code sign-in.

You can send links between the devices once you connect with a QR code.

Create and Sign-in Opera account

Alternatively, you can take the traditional approach and sync bookmarks between Opera Computer and Mobile, creating and linking your Opera account across both these devices. Here are steps to sign-up Opera account and sync bookmarks:

  1. Launch the Opera browser on a computer PC.
  2. Click on Settings settings gear icon located at the left menu bar.
  3. Scroll to the Synchronization section, and click on the Sign in button.
    Sign-in Opera Computer to Enable Synchronization
  4. Hit on the Turn on Synchronization button in the pop-up dialog box that appears.
    Turn on Synchronization in Opera Computer
  5. Select the Use Email Address option, type in your email, and hit Next.
    Choose Login Method using Email Address
  6. Enter the desired password for the account, re-confirm, and click the Create Account button.
    Create Opera Account using Email AddressIt will now send a confirmation mail to your registered address.
  7. Open the verification email and Activate your Account.
    Once done, the synchronized data menu will now open.
  8. Enable the toggle next to Bookmarks (and others if you prefer).
    Enable Bookmark Sync in Opera browser on Mobile

Now that we have created the Opera account, we can use these account details to sign in on different devices. We can use the same credentials to log in to Opera mobile and enable the data sync.

  1. Launch the Opera Mobile browser.
  2. Tap on the Opera opera logo menu and select Settings.
  3. Hit on the Sync and backup option.
    Sync and Backup Settings in Opera mobile
  4. Enable the Sync and backup toggle, and select the Sign-in option.
    Sign-in Opera Mobile to Enable Synchronization
  5. Log in with the same Opera account that you created on the computer.
  6. Enable the Bookmarks and Speed Dials toggle.
    Enable Backup and Sync for Bookmarks and Speed Dials

That’s it; Opera would sync all your bookmarks across both devices. You can also sign in Opera account on different computer devices to keep your data in sync.

Bottom Line

So this is how you could sync bookmarks between Opera Computer and Mobile. We have shared methods: using your account and via QR Code. Both these approaches have their caveats and perks.

The account sign-in method provides a better data sync functionality and streamlines all the browser data in one go. However, you would need to sign in to your account might raise a red flag for the privacy-focused.

On the other hand, the QR code feature is a much safer approach, but Opera would store your data only on your device. So if your device needs to be formatted for any reason, you must bid farewell to all your data (as it is a local backup method, not a cloud one).

So on that note, we round off this guide. Let us know which method you decide to use to sync Opera mobile and Opera computer bookmarks.

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Sadique Hassan

Sadique Hassan

Sadique is a Bachelor of Computer Application in Computer Science and an MBA professional. He became a tech writer by choice and has continued pursuing it for the last 7+ years. He is keenly interested in open-source technology like Android and also loves troubleshooting the tech. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

2 comments and feedback

  1. Bookmarks search on opera Mobile?

    Is the only way to find a bm to scroll down all 3000 of my bm? Could not see a button for searching in the bookmarks on a mobile opera.

    Any help welcome!


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