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Status: In development

Story 1: I am one of the legion of people with dozens of tabs open on device A that I would love to read or otherwise process (read it, fill in the form, finally buy the shirt ...). They aren't worth bookmarking but I have to get to them someday. Later, while device B is in front of me, I have some time to process tabs. Using Firefox sync, I open a few of the tabs on A and do what I need to do. I am now done with these tabs, they no longer spark joy, and I can finally remove some clutter in the list of synced tabs and on device A.

Story 2: Device A is a work computer where some tabs are useful only at work, but a dozen of them are shopping tabs I was browsing while on company time. I have time to finally pick a shirt and buy it at home, but the clutter of work-related tabs makes it hard to find the shopping tabs. I never want to see the work tabs on the computer at home--they're more clutter and some I can't even access outside of the work network--but I don't want to turn off sync entirely.

Solution: First, allow me to remove items from the list of tabs hosted on device A displayed in the list of tabs on device B. For example, right-click on the tab in the list of synced tabs and select 'hide tab on this device'.

Second, just as we can push an "open tab" request from one device to another, use the proposed right-click menu to push a "close tab" request. When I get back to device A at work tomorrow, I can accept the close tab requests, one at a time or all at once.

Alternatively, I have an "open tab" option, but also a "steal tab" option. The steal (or transfer) option simultaneously opens that tab on device B and closes it on device A (or if that is technically not possible, sends a close tab request).

Status changed to: New idea
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New member

would be a great feature!

New member

I'd like to expand this idea to: Let us close synced tabs even without requesting and accepting it. Just give us the option to remove synced tabs from all devices we are logged in.

This would cover people who simply close Firefox alltogether without closing the Tabs one by one so the synced tabs are cleared.

New member

Im here from google search. Exact same idea. Close my mobile tabs on desktop is more easier and faster. Also I can group tabs on desktop.

we need cloud tabs manager

New member

Boost! One of my laptops just crashed (not recoverable kind of crash) and as I am going through tabs that were open it'd be nice to close them to start fresh.

Strollin' around

Remotely close tabs on other devices

In Safari, when you view the open tabs on other devices, there's a "x" so you can close specific tabs on any device without having to phisically access it later. For example, sometimes I grab a tab from my phone to read on my computer, but I am presented to that tab again when I use my phone, having to close it on the phone because I couldn't get rid of it from my computer.

Status changed to: Trending idea
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Community Manager

Hey all,

Here with an exciting update…

Your idea has received a great deal of votes and support here in the Mozilla Connect community, so we are upgrading the status to “Trending idea.” This means it’s now one step closer to reaching our internal teams for review—learn more about The Idea Journey.

Please keep the conversation going (the more details to support your case, the better) and stay tuned for updates 😃

-The Community Team

New member

I also got here from a Google search.

Love the idea of being able to manage my tabs from my PC.

Strollin' around

I also support this idea and have been looking for such capability for a long time. OP made a great presentation on the scenarios where this would be useful. 

As another person stated, Safari browser supports the closing of synced tabs from other devices. This is nice when using my Apple devices if I am working with Safari. But unfortunately when I use Firefox (my main browser) on Win/Mac and Android devices, I am out of luck. 

I have many tabs open across multiple devices, and I often thought it would be so much more productive to be able to sit down with let's say my iPad and catch up on reading various tabs, and then closing them when I am done. This would allow you to organize your tabs from any device. The way it is now, I need to go back to the source device and remember to close any tabs I read from the other device. 

Hope this is implemented very soon, and thanks in advance!

New member

Yes, in the new world where everything is going digital, the physical location or device we are using should be relatively incidental. I am a died in the wool Firefox user and was surprised when I could *read* my open tabs from another device/room/city but could not close the tab.

Having only read access to my list of tabs is nice, but less than half of the needed functionality. It's kind of like the scene in Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail where the cave man carves "arghhhhh" into the wall as he dies.  If there's time to do that, there's time to finish the job!

I realize there might be security, privacy or other considerations, but give us something. Maybe we could move to a local bookmark group (e.g., "Now Worthless") which we could then go through and delete later. I just want the articles I dealt with gone.  It's basic work flow design.  The Manifesto of Done!

Please, please make this happen in some form at least?

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I was searching for a way to do this, too! It's absolutely necessary, IMO!

Strollin' around

It has now been 13 years, and we have yet to have this ESSENTIALLY ESSENTIAL functionality.


Please for the LOVE OF THE FOX 🦊, Let us take a whiff of this possibility of managing tabs through our devices that are using the same FF account.


(13 years because FF mobile came out in 2010)

New member

Strong support for me on this one. To me my tablet and phone are pretty much interchangeable and I'd rather even have the same tabs open on both devices. Being able to remotely close would cover the most important use cases though.

New member

I would vote for this as well, I am using multiple devices a day, personal laptop, company laptop, iphone, ipad and I open multiple tabs a day on each device. When I switch devices, it is very nice to see the tabs from other devices, so I can finish them on other devices. I do need to close them though once I am done with them. Without this feature, I just have a list of tabs piling up on all devices that I am using - it would be great to close them as soon as I am done with them, regardless of the device that I am using. Safari does this well (and so many other things not so well, hence I would prefer Firefox 🙂 )

Strollin' around

I arrived here from Google search!

This is a must for Firefox