How to Back Up and Restore Your Chrome Bookmarks

Whether you want to regularly back up all your bookmarks just in case, or you want to transfer them to another browser, Chrome lets you export your bookmarks locally. See how to backup and restore bookmarks.

How to back up your bookmarks 

To back up your bookmarks in Chrome, click the Chrome menu icon in the top right corner of the browser window and go to Bookmarks > Manage Bookmarks.

You can also press Ctrl+Shift+O to quickly open Bookmarks Manager. In the Bookmarks Manager, click the menu icon and select Export Bookmarks.

Place the exported bookmarks in a safe place and click “Save”.

Note Google saves bookmarks in HTML format so you can import them into other browsers or double-click the file to open it and view its contents. Chrome saves bookmarks as small parts buried in a shoebox. Each of these links can become a valuable element of your online presence.

That’s why it’s important to export your Chrome data, such as bookmarks and passwords, and keep a backup of that data at all times. Fortunately, Chrome allows you to back up your bookmarks to a single HTML file and automatically sync them across devices.

Let’s take a look at how to manually or automatically back up your bookmarks and export them to Chrome.

Restore bookmarks to Chrome from a backup

To restore bookmarks, you need to import them into the browser from the same bookmark manager window. Click on the three dots in the top right corner and select “Import Bookmarks”.

Chrome will display the Open File dialog box. Navigate to the bookmarks HTML file, select it, and click Open to import the bookmarks. The browser retrieves the bookmarks.

How to back up bookmarks in Google Chrome Using account syncing

The best way to back up your bookmarks in Google Chrome is to sync them with your Google account. This may already be set up in your browser, but if it’s not, see how to set it up. First, make sure your Google account is signed into Chrome.

If you aren’t or don’t have a Google account, create one and click the grey icon in the top right corner.

1. launch Google Chrome on your Mac or PC and click the account icon in the top right corner.

2. click “Turn on synchronisation” in the menu that appears and sign in to your Google account.

Once your Google account and Chrome are linked.

1. click the three overlapping dots in the top right corner and select “Settings” from the menu that appears.

2. at the top of the settings page, click Google Sync & Services.

3. click Manage sync.

4. on the options page that opens, make sure the “Bookmarks” option is turned on.

You can now sign in to your Google account and access all your bookmarks if you’re using Google Chrome on another device.

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