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I recently reinstalled both Windows and Linux from my home PC, and, as expected, I didn't deactivate any of the devices from Firefox sync before formatting. Now, when I look at "Tabs from others computers", I still see the data from the old (and lost) installations. Is there any easy way to get rid from these computers on sync?

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1 – user112144 Jan 4 '12 at 16:29
The answer is to change your sync password. – user112331 Jan 5 '12 at 17:31
changing the password won't remove the data from older installations – DeepSpace101 Oct 1 '12 at 5:33
up vote 5 down vote accepted


  • Disable tab sync in Options → Sync → Manage Account → View Quota, then re-enable it under Sync My...; this will remove all tabs from the server.

  • Open all list items. It seems that if you open a remote tab locally, it is removed from the remote device.

  • Set up a temporary Firefox profile and set up Sync with the same device name that you want to remove.

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Hmm seems like they have forgotten to implement an important feature – Konstantin Dec 15 '11 at 8:23

There is a way to achieve this using the Reset Sync command in Firefox' sync preferences. From Mozilla's FAQ:

  1. Open the Sync options windowpreferences panel.
  2. Click Manage Account and then select Reset Sync. A window displaying the Sync options will open.
  3. Select the action you want to take:
    • Recommended: Merge this computer's data with my Sync data
    • Replace all data on this computer with my Sync data
    • Replace all other devices with this computer's data
  4. Click Continue. A confirmation sheet appears.

The thing we need to do here is to use Replace all other devices with this computer's data. This may be problematic if you have other devices with unsynced changes, so the sync server should be in the desired state before the replace (maybe using merging?), or you should try to save the data on the other devices by other means.

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A decent workaround for me was to reset the sync, choosing to replace the data on other devices with the data on this* computer.

  1. Choose Tools from the menu (press Alt if you don't see the menu).
  2. Choose Options, then click the Sync icon
  3. Click Manage Account
  4. Choose Reset Sync..., and then choose to Replace all other devices with this device's sync data.

    • this computer happened to by my desktop PC as opposed to my laptop, or Android devices.

Note: Give each device a couple of sync cycles before you expect to see tabs show up. It may help to close Firefox on Android devices (Menu, Quit) before the sync data will show up to/from those devices. Or maybe I just wasn't being patient myself.

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