How to Backup & Restore Chrome Bookmarks (Favorites)

Last updated on February 20th, 2019

This tutorial contains instructions on how you can backup and restore your Chrome Bookmarks. 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. By using Chrome's Sign-In feature, your settings are always available from every computer or device after Sign-In with the Google account in Google Chrome.

How to Backup Google Chrome Bookmarks.

There are two easy methods to backup and restore your favorites in Google Chrome:

Method 1: Backup & Restore Chrome Bookmarks file Manually.
Method 2: Export/Import Chrome Bookmarks To/From an HTML file.

Method 1: Backup/Restore Chrome Bookmarks Manually.

The easiest way to backup and restore the Chrome bookmarks, is to copy and paste the 'Bookmarks' file, from (to) the Chrome profile folder.

By default Google Chrome stores all your profile information (bookmarks, passwords, extensions, settings) inside the 'User Data' folder, at this location on the disk: * 

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

Windows 10, 8, 7 & Vista:

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

Windows XP:

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

How to Backup Chrome Bookmarks Manually.

To backup the Chrome bookmarks manually:

1. Close the Chrome browser.
2. Enable the Hidden files view.
3. Navigate to the below location on the disk (according your OS):

Windows 10, 8, 7 & Vista:

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

Windows XP:

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

3. Explore the contents of the default folder, and then Copy & Paste the Bookmarks file to your backup location. (e.g. your external USB disk).

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How to Restore Chrome Bookmarks Manually.

To restore your Chrome 'Bookmarks' file:

1. Close Chrome browser.
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. Enable the Hidden files view.
3. Copy the Bookmarks file from the backup, inside the 'Default' folder, at the following location on the disk:

Windows 10, 8, 7 & Vista:

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

Windows XP:

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

4. Launch Chrome and you 're done!

Method 2: Export & Import Chrome Bookmarks HTML file.

The second way to backup your Chrome bookmarks is to export them to an HTML file and then to import the exported Bookmarks.HTML file to Chrome, by using the 'Export/Import to HTML' feature from Google Chrome's menu.

How to Export Chrome Bookmarks to an HTML file.

To backup (export) your Chrome bookmarks to an HTML file:

1. Open Google Chrome and from the Chrome's menu image choose Bookmarks -> Bookmark manager.

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2. Then click again at (2nd) three (3) dots menu image at the top right, and select Export bookmarks.

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3. Type a name (if you want) for the exported Bookmarks file and Save the HTML file to your backup destination.

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How to Import Chrome Bookmarks from an HTML file.

To restore (import) your Google Chrome bookmarks HTML file:

1. Open Google Chrome and from the Chrome's menu image choose Bookmarks -> Bookmark manager.

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2. Then click again at bookmark's manager menu image at the top right, and select Import bookmarks.

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3. Select the bookmarks HTML file from the backup, and click Open.

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That's it! Let me know if this guide has helped you by leaving your comment about your experience. Please like and share this guide to help others.

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