On Mac, I mainly use a Firefox/Gecko-based browser, while on iOS I mainly use Safari (since Apple unfortunately still does not allow non-Webkit-based browsers).

So I often find myself in a situation where I want to open a website, which I opened on my iPhone on my Mac. I thought a simple solution would be to write a shortcut that sends the current website from Safari to iOS-Firefox which then syncs via Firefox sync to my Mac. However, I seem to be incapable of defining such a shortcut (admittedly, I never really got much into shortcuts so I also am a novice at best).

My idea was to use a URL scheme to open the URL in Firefox such as firefox://open-url?url=[TheCurrentURL], however, I have no idea how to even tell my iPhone to do this via the Shortcuts menu?!

This is my current (not working) trial to set up a corresponding shortcut:

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  • Have you figured it out?
    – FredM
    Commented Feb 17 at 8:51
  • unfortunately not. At some point I just gave up honestly
    – uzer.name
    Commented Feb 28 at 21:11

1 Answer 1


The error obviously comes from the "Expand" part of the shortcut, just remove it. The following works:

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  • If I do this and use it, then my phone complains about The URL "firefox://" is missing a hostname in the "Open" field
    – uzer.name
    Commented Nov 20, 2023 at 21:22
  • @uzer.name I get the same error as you when I try to run the shortcut when the Firefox app is not installed on my iPhone. Have you checked you have Firefox installed properly on your iPhone?
    – Thinkr
    Commented Nov 21, 2023 at 6:43
  • I am currently posting from there. I guess I have it properly installed ;)
    – uzer.name
    Commented Nov 21, 2023 at 14:27
  • @uzer.name Well, I don't know what to say. Perhaps you have Firefox Focus installed instead of the normal Firefox app? Maybe try uninstalling and re-installing it? :)
    – Thinkr
    Commented Nov 23, 2023 at 6:41

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