Note-taking apps cost a dime on the Play Store. However, due to their inability to sync between devices, many cannot compete with Google Keep. Mozilla has decided to throw its hat in the ring with Notes by Firefox, and unlike others, their Notes app syncs easily with one of the most popular browsers, plus it’s encrypted.
Notes by Firefox is a simple app for taking notes that sync between your Android devices and your computer. Linked to your Firefox account, Notes by Firefox resides in your desktop browser as an extension, so it works on all operating systems supported by Firefox (Windows, macOS, and Linux). Unlike Keep, your notes are even safe from prying eyes thanks to end-to-end encryption,
Step 1: Download Notes from Firefox
Go to the Play Store on your Android device and download Notes through Firefox. You will be warned that this application is “Early Access” and therefore is not as stable as it will be when it is officially released.
Step 2: Log in to the Android app
Once installed, open the app and hit ‘Sign in’, then you will be taken to a website in your default browser where you will be asked to create a Firefox account. Enter an email and password to do this, or if you already have an account, select the “Do you have an account?” Button. Sign in ”at the bottom of the screen.
When you’re done here, go back to the Notes app and tap “Sign In” again.
After signing in, a new page will appear with a floating action button in the bottom corner that you can use to add a new note.
Step 3: Install the Notes extension on your computer
You can repeat step 1 on each of your Android devices to start syncing notes between them. However, to access your notes on your computer, you will need the Firefox browser extension. So head to the link below from the Firefox desktop and choose “Install Test Driver and Enable Notes”, then click “Add” in the pop-up window.
Step 4: Log in to the browser extension
Now Note Extensions will appear on the left side of your browser (and you can access them in the future by clicking the Notes icon in your toolbar), but none of your Notes will sync yet. Even if you are already signed in to your Firefox account in the browser and in the Notes app for Android, you will still need to sign in to the extension itself.
At the bottom of the Notes by Firefox extension is the “Connect to sync” button. Choose this button and enter your password on the new page. Then your notes will appear, perfectly synced with your Android devices.
Step 5: start using Notes Firefox
On the surface, Notes by Firefox seems pretty dry on features. However, when you know the controls, you can customize your notes fairly quickly.
- Headers: Start a line with # or ## or ### followed by a space to create a title. The number of hashtags used determines the style of the title.
- Fat: Type two asterisks (**) before and after the text, or two underscores (__) before and after the text.
- Italics: Type an asterisk
- before and after the text or a single underscore (_) before and after the text. Bulleted list:
- Begin a new line with two asterisks (**) or a hyphen (-), followed by a space. Numbered list:
- Start a new line with “1”. or “1)” followed by a space. Coded:
How to use Firefox’s secure “Notes” application to sync lists and other notes with your desktop browser
The most important advantage of Notes by Firefox is its end-to-end encryption. With Google Keep waiving encryption for proper Google Assistant integration, your notes are visible to anyone with access to your Google Account. While your Google Account is protected, any cybersecurity expert would tell you that layered security is always better.
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