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b-k
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Status: Trending idea

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).

39 Comments
Lisa127
New member

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

Snakejuce
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)

kbauer
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.

nudazz
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 🙂 )

Josemando
New member

I arrived here from Google search!

This is a must for Firefox

pgu
New member

I would love to see this. I always forget what tabs I already closed on other devices. It would spare me much time to go through read tabs.

tangycandy
New member

+1 for this. Managing my tabs on my phone is a huge pain, compared to on desktop. It would be alot easier to close tabs from Sync.

nintyfan
Making moves

I install Firefox on my mobile device. I can open tabs from my PC, but when I close it, it does not close on my PC. That does not making sense to forcing users to remember, which site he/she read.

Solution? Allow to mark tab as to close. When Firefox launch, it check if there some tabs market as read/to close on other devices and show list with it, allowing to check/uncheck tabs to close.

Also, on my mobile (or other device), I can mark tab as read to allow this functionality to work.

Also, I can mark tab to read/to close even without two devices. In this cases, Firefox do not load page market as to close, when launching (it will has lower priority) and show this list too, so I can close it.

Jon
Community Manager
Community Manager

Thanks for the suggestion, @nintyfan! There's a potentially similar idea here: Send 'close tab' request to other device via sync / remotely close tabs 

If that aligns with what you're requesting, we can merge the threads (and votes) together to keep the conversation focused in one place.

nintyfan
Making moves

Please, merge.