How to Backup Chrome Bookmarks

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There are many reasons you may wish to backup Chrome bookmarks such as a computer reinstall or moving your files to a new computer or you just simply want to do it as part of your backup routine.

Chrome backups can be stored in one simple HTML file that can easily be restored should it need to be in the future. Backing up your Chrome backups is done through the bookmark manager built into Chrome.

  1. Open Chrome and go to the control tab in the far right corner of the window (It looks like 3 lines). Click and select bookmarks. A new menu will open, select bookmark manager. Alternatively you can press CTRL SHIFT + O together to open the bookmark manager.
  2. Once in bookmark manager select Organize at the top of the screen and once you see the drop down menu click on “Export Bookmarks to HTML file”. This will save your bookmarks to a single file. A window will pop up asking where you would like to save the file to. Select your backup location and give the file a name (or leave it at the default)
  3. To check that the file has backed up go to the location you saved the file to and double click the file you saved. You should see a list of your bookmarked sites open in a new Chrome window. This indicates that you have successfully backed up your Chrome bookmarks.

Restoring A Chrome bookmark backup

Restoring a backup of your Chrome bookmarks is just the reverse process. This time we import the file to get our Chrome bookmarks back.

  1. Open Chrome and go to the control tab in the right corner of the window. Click and select bookmarks. A new menu will open, select bookmark manager. Alternatively you can press CTRL SHIFT + O together to open the bookmark manager.
  2. Once in bookmark manager select Organize at the top of the screen and once you see the drop down menu click on “Import Bookmarks from HTML file”. This will restore the bookmarks from a saved HTML file. A window will pop up asking where the HTML file is located. Select the file and press OK.
  3. Your bookmarks will no be imported into Chrome and you should see in the bookmark manager that all your bookmarks have being restored.

Third Party Backup tools

If you are wanting to backup more than just your bookmarks there are some good third party backup tools available out there for free that will also backup your history, saved logins, extensions and more. One such tool is “Google Chrome backup” from Parhelia which you can find by searching in Google.

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