How to Backup & Restore Chrome Bookmarks (Favorites)

Importing and exporting your bookmarks from Google chrome is a necessary operation if you want to manually transfer your bookmarks in your alternate personal computer or if your profile was corrupted.

Keep in mind that if you already register for a Google account and you use Chrome as your Internet browser you can use the Chrome's sign-in feature to synchronize your bookmarks, extensions, apps, theme, and other browser preferences with your Google account. Using this feature, your settings are always available from every computer or device when you Sign-In.

 

 

 

There are two easy ways to backup and restore your bookmarks in Google Chrome:

Method 1: Backup & Restore Chrome Bookmarks file.

Method 2: Export & Import Chrome bookmarks to (from) a HTML file.

 

How to Backup Google Chrome Bookmarks


Method 1: Backup Chrome "Bookmarks" file.

Google Chrome stores all your profile information (bookmarks, passwords, extensions, settings) under this location* by default:

* Notice: You must enable the hidden files view to be able to view the contents of this location.

Windows XP:

  • C:\Documents and Settings\<YOUR_USERNAME>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data

Windows 8,7, Vista:

  • C:\Users\<YOUR_USERNAME>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data

So if you want to backup your Chrome bookmarks (only):

1. Navigate to the above path and from inside the “Default” folder copy the “Bookmarks” file to your backup location (e.g. your external USB disk).

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Windows XP:

  • C:\Documents and Settings\<YOUR_USERNAME>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

Windows 8,7, Vista:

  • C:\Users\<YOUR_USERNAME>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

 

 

Method 1: Restore Chrome "Bookmarks" file.

To restore (or transfer) your Chrome “Bookmarks” file to another computer:

* Notice: You must enable the hidden files view to perform this task.

1. Close Google Chrome browser.

2. Open Windows Explorer and find Chrome “Bookmarks” file from your backup.

3. Now copy the “Bookmarks” file from the backup to this location (paste):

Windows XP:

  • C:\Documents and Settings\<YOUR_USERNAME>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

Windows 8,7, Vista:

  • C:\Users\<YOUR_USERNAME>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

 


Method 2: Export & Import Chrome bookmarks to (from) a HTML file.

Another way to backup your Chrome bookmarks is to export them to a HTML file using the “Export” feature from Google Chrome.

To export your Google Chrome bookmarks to HTML file:

1. Open Google Chrome and from the Chrome menu image choose "Bookmark manager".

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2. Inside “Bookmark Manager” choose “Organize”and then press the “Export bookmarks to HTML file…” option.

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3. Specify the location (e.g. your backup location) and the filename for the exported bookmarks file and click “Save”.

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Method 2: Import Chrome bookmarks from a HTML file.

To import your Google Chrome bookmarks from HTML file:

1. Open Google Chrome and from the Chrome menu image choose "Bookmark manager".

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2. Inside “Bookmark Manager” choose “Organize” and then press the “Import bookmarks from HTML file…” option,

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3. Select the bookmarks HTML file that you want to import (e.g.: “bookmarks”) and press “Open”.

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