How to Backup and Export Chrome Bookmarks in 5 Easy Steps

By | December 22, 2021

Links are meant to be visited frequently. Each of these links can be a valuable corner of the web for you. That’s why it’s important to export Chrome bookmarks and save them.

Chrome lets you save your bookmarks in a single HTML file and also syncs them automatically across devices.

So let’s see how easy it is to back up and export your Chrome bookmarks both manually and automatically.

How to Backup Chrome Bookmarks to HTML Files

Chrome makes it easy to make manual backups of your bookmarks. It houses them all in one HTML file that you can import into other browsers or other Chrome profiles. Let’s go through five easy steps.

  • Launch Chrome.
  • Click the Chrome Customize and Control button (three dots at the top right). Select Bookmarks > Bookmark Manager from the menu. Or, right-click anywhere on the Bookmarks bar if it’s visible. The Chrome shortcut to open Bookmark Manager is Ctrl + Shift + O.

  • In the Bookmarks Manager window, click the Organize menu button (three dots at the top right). Select Export bookmarks.

  • Chrome opens a File Explorer dialog box so you can save your bookmarks as an HTML file. Use this file to import your bookmarks into another Chrome browser or another browser via its import dialog screen.

  • Save this Chrome bookmark HTML file in the designated place like Documents folder. You can export them directly to a connected flash drive as well or save them to the cloud on Dropbox or Google Drive.

You can also choose to organize your bookmarks before exporting them by selecting Sort by name in the menu above in Bookmarks Manager.

Restore Your Chrome Bookmarks From Backup

To restore your bookmarks, you just need to import them back into the browser from the same Bookmarks Manager window. Click the three dots in the upper right corner, then select Import bookmarks.

Chrome will display the Open file dialog box. Open your bookmarks HTML file, select it, then click Open to import your bookmarks. All your bookmarks will be retrieved.

How to Backup Chrome Bookmarks From Hidden Folders

There is another way to manually back up your Chrome bookmarks. You just need to make an effort to find hidden folders on your Windows or macOS PC. Then copy and paste the Bookmarks file from the Chrome profile folder to another safe location.

Follow the steps below.

Browse to the User Data folder on your PC. This is the default location for your entire browser profile (including Bookmarks, Passwords, Extensions, and Settings).

On Windows (Windows 10, 8, 7 & Vista), the default location is:

C:UsersAppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser DataDefault

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On macOS, the default location is:

Users//Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default

For both paths, replace your Username with the name of the account you are using on the computer.

Steps to Manually Back Up Chrome Bookmarks on Windows 10:

  • Close the Chrome browser.
  • Open File Explorer and enable Hidden items view. (You can also do that from Folder Options > View tab)
  • Navigate to the path mentioned above and shown in the screenshot from Windows 10.
  • Copy and save the Bookmarks file elsewhere.
  • To restore, copy the same files from the backup location and paste them in the Default folder.

What if you have multiple Chrome profiles?

If you share a computer, it’s always better to maintain a separate Chrome profile with its own set of bookmarks. The User Data folder has a folder for each profile you create in Chrome. If you only have one profile, that folder will be called Default as you can see above. If you have more than one profile, the folder will be listed with the profile name.

What is the Bookmarks.bak File?

You will also notice that the same location has another file called “Bookmarks.bak”. This is the most recent backup of your regular bookmarks file that Chrome created the last time you opened the browser. Overwritten every time you launch a new browser session.

If your Bookmarks file is ever lost or corrupted for some reason, you can restore all your saved bookmarks from this backup file. Just rename the backup file by removing the “.bak” file extension.

How to Sync Your Chrome Bookmarks Across Devices

Your Google account acts as a hub for syncing your bookmarks and other browser settings across your devices. If you have multiple computers and Android or iOS devices, you can not only sync your entire profile but also choose what you want to include or exclude.

  • Open Chrome and click More > Settings.
  • Sign in to the Google account you want to use Chrome with.
  • Go to People. Click the small arrow for Google Sync and Services.

  • On the next screen, click the arrow to Manage sync. You can also explore encryption options for added security.

  • If you want to sync everything on your Chrome profile, then enable the Sync everything switch.

  • Want to sync specific data? Turn off Sync everything and scroll down the list to enable the profile information you want to sync.

Optionally encrypt your Chrome bookmarks and other synced data. Secure your data with your Google account passphrase or custom passphrase for extra security. You must enter the same passphrase into the Chrome installation for all the devices you want the data to sync.

If you use multiple Chrome profiles, you can sign in to each one and keep all your data synced across devices and your Google account. Even if you lose a bookmark on one device, it can be retrieved with a simple sync.

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