Tip #409

Access all websites you’ve visited in the past on any device by syncing your Vivaldi browser’s History.

Finding the link to an online store listing you came across while browsing on your phone or continuing the research you started on another computer is easier than ever with Vivaldi and its History Sync.

To sync History in Vivaldi:

  1. Go to Settings > Sync.
  2. Log in to your Vivaldi account.
  3. Enable either syncing of all data or make sure that at least syncing of History is enabled.

Repeat these steps on all desktop and mobile devices you use Vivaldi on.

Tip #372

Do you remember your encryption password for Vivaldi Sync? Reset it if you’ve forgotten it.

Your synced browser data in Vivaldi is end-to-end encrypted. To decrypt it, you need to know the encryption password you set up on your first Sync use. Should you be in a situation where you no longer have the browser data stored locally (e.g. after an operating system reset) on any devices and you’ve forgotten the encryption password, there’s unfortunately no way to restore the data.

So, while everything is still alright, make sure you have the encryption password memorized or stored in a safe location. In case you’ve forgotten the encryption password, you can easily reset it without data loss on a device that has your browser data accessible locally.

To reset Sync’s encryption password:

  1. Go to Settings > Sync.
  2. Click on “Reset Remote Data”.
  3. Click “Delete Sync Data” in the dialog that appears.
  4. Set a new encryption password for your data.
  5. Start syncing from fresh.

Sync settings in Vivaldi with Reset Remote Data button highlighted.

Tip #250

Sync your Reading List to read interesting articles from any device at any time.

Rather than reading something on your PC while sitting behind a desk, you might want to read it on the phone during your daily commute or from a tablet with your morning coffee. By saving web pages to the Reading List and syncing the list with Vivaldi on your other devices, you can pick up or continue reading wherever you are.

You can learn how to add a page to the Reading List on desktop and Android from Tip #161. To make sure the lists are in sync:

  1. Go to Settings > Sync.
  2. Log in to your Vivaldi account.
  3. Sync either all data or enable the syncing of Reading Lists.

Do the same on all your devices and you’re all set.

Sync settings open with Reading List in "Sync Selected Data" section highlighted.

Tip #230

Make use of the browser’s Sync feature to add custom Search Engines to Vivaldi on Android

It’s currently not possible to add a new search engine to Vivaldi on Android directly in the app. That doesn’t mean that Custom Search Engines can’t be added to Vivaldi on your mobile devices. Just follow the steps below.

To add custom search engines in Vivaldi on Android:

  1. Add the Search Engines in a desktop version of Vivaldi.
  2. Log in to your Vivaldi account on desktop in Settings > Sync.
  3. Sync either all data or at least the settings.
  4. Log in to your Vivaldi account in the Android app in Settings > Sync.
  5. Sync the same data types you synced on desktop.

Then you can check Settings > General > Search Engines to see your custom search engines listed among the others.

Tip #176

Check the status and availability of Vivaldi’s online services on vivaldistatus.com.

Whether we’re doing scheduled maintenance or servers are acting up despite all the love we give them, there’s always a chance that Vivaldi’s online services will be temporarily unavailable. With scheduled maintenance we notify our users ahead of time via email* and notifications on the website, so downtime wouldn’t come as a surprise. With unexpected outages our system administrators do their best to get things back up again as fast as possible.

If you’re having trouble accessing and using Vivaldi services, it’s good to check our status page on https://vivaldistatus.com, to confirm whether the services are operational or there’s something going on.

*Make sure you’re subscribed to Technical Updates on your account’s profile on Vivaldi.net.

Tip #149

Download the backup encryption key to be able to restore access to synced data even when you have forgotten the encryption password.

Backup encryption key is an alternative method to the encryption password for decrypting your Sync data. Like with the encryption password, your backup encryption key is never sent to us or any other third party, which ensures that we cannot decrypt your data. For it to be useful, you need to save the key in a safe location, while you can access your Sync settings with the encryption password.

Save the backup encryption key

  1. Log in to your Vivaldi account in Settings > Sync.
  2. Enter the encryption password.
  3. Below your account info, look for Save Backup Encryption Key. On Android, look for Backup Encryption Key near the bottom of the Settings page.
  4. Click on it and save the key file to your device.

The key is valid until you reset the remote Sync data. We recommend storing the key file in a location that can survive something irreparable to your device, such as an external memory drive or a trusted cloud service.

Use the backup encryption key

  1. Log in to your Vivaldi account in Settings > Sync.
  2. When asked for the encryption password, click Load Encryption Key.
  3. Click Load and find the key file.
  4. Click Open.
  5. Start syncing.

Tip #97

Find debug-level information and controls about the state of Sync on vivaldi://sync.

With Sync, you can keep your Vivaldi browser data synchronized across multiple devices. Meaning, the Bookmarks, Notes, Passwords, etc. you add to Vivaldi, for example, on your laptop can easily be accessed on your mobile device and vice versa.

If for some reason the data doesn’t seem to be synchronized, first check Sync Settings and if everything looks as expected there, type vivaldi://sync in the Address Field and press Enter to check for any errors on that page and see if you can figure out the cause from there. If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to ask for help on the Vivaldi Forum.

Tip #78

Synchronize your browser data to access open tabs on other devices.

If you browse with Vivaldi on multiple devices, then by using the Sync feature, you can continue browsing seamlessly when switching devices.

To be able to access tabs you have open on other devices:

  1. Go to the Vivaldi menu > Settings > Sync.
  2. Log in to your Vivaldi account.
  3. Enter the encryption password.
  4. Sync all or select the data types you want to sync, but make sure to enable syncing of History.

To open synced tabs on desktop:

  1. Click on the cloud icon on the right side of the Tab Bar (bottom, if you’re using a vertical Tab Bar).
  2. Select the synced device.
  3. In the list of synced tabs, click on the web page you want to open.

To open synced tabs on Android:

  1. Open the Tab Switcher.
  2. Tap on the cloud icon on the menu at the bottom of the screen.
  3. In the list of synced tabs, tap on the web page you want to open.

Learn more about Sync:

Tip #23

Use Sync to access tabs that are open in Vivaldi on your other devices.

With the Sync feature you can synchronize your browser data across Vivaldi on multiple devices (computers, phones, tablets and even with some cars). In addition to Bookmarks, Notes and other data, you can also sync your open Tabs.

To sync Tabs:

  1. Log in to your Vivaldi account in Settings > Sync on all devices you want to keep in sync.
  2. Enable either syncing of all data or at the very least syncing of History (typed URLs and open tabs).
  3. When you want to view the tab you have open on another device, click on the Synced tabs button on the far side of the Tab Bar, select the synced device and click on the web page you want to open.
    On Android, open the Tab Switcher and navigate to Synced tabs from the menu at the bottom of the window. Then, tap on the web page you want to open.
Synced tabs menu open on desktop version of Vivaldi.