So, as you may have heard, Firefox is launching a dev edition.
This post does not attempt to elaborate on that specifically too much, but it’s more to identify some issues I hit in early testing and the solutions to them.
While I do admire the changes of the Developer Edition Theme, I’m a guy who likes to stick with “what I know” more than a drastic change like that. What I didn’t realize was that this is possible out of the box in developer edition.
After the Tour you get, you’ll want to open the Customize panel and then deselect “Use Firefox Developer Edition Theme” (see the following image — arrow added) and that will get you back to what you know.
As a longtime user, I had “Old Firefox Sync” enabled; this was the one that very few users enabled and even fewer used it across devices.
Firefox Developer Edition, however, creates a new profile (so you can use it alongside whatever Firefox version you want) and supports setting up only the “New” sync features. Due to creating a new profile, it also leaves you without history or saved passwords.
To sync my old profile with developer edition, I had to:
- Unlink my Desktop Firefox from old sync
- Unlink my Android Firefox from old sync
- Create a new sync account
- Link my old Firefox profile with new sync
- Link my Android with new sync
- Link Dev Edition with new sync
Now other than steps 6 and 7 (yea, how DO I profit?) this is all covered quite well in a SuMo article on the subject. I will happily help guide people through this process, especially in the near future, as I’ve just gone through it!
(Special Thanks to Erik for helping to copy-edit this post)