How to Backup Your Google Chrome Bookmarks

Chrome logoA lot of people don’t think of backing up their bookmarks, but that doesn’t make it any less important.  I remember one unfortunate time when I was reformatting my hard drive (back in those days, if Windows was running slow you had to wipe it clean).  I backed up all my files to an external hard drive, reformatted my primary drive, and as I was copying everything back over I realized my bookmarks were gone.  Whoops.  Lesson learned.

If you’re wondering how to backup your Chrome bookmarks, you’ll be pleased to know Google has made this very simple.  You can do it in one of two ways.

Sync Your Bookmarks to Google

If you connect Chrome to your Google account, your profile will be automatically synced to the cloud (including bookmarks, passwords, open tabs, etc.)

  1. Click the Chrome menu button in the uppr right hand corner of your screen.

    Click the Chrome menu button

    Click the Chrome menu button.

  2. Click Sign in to Chrome.

    Click Sign in to Chrome

    Click Sign in to Chrome.

  3. Enter your Google account information.

    Enter your Google account info

    Sign in to Google.

  4. Your bookmarks are now synced to the cloud.

Option 2: Export Your Bookmarks Manually

  1. Click the Chrome menu button.

    Click the Chrome menu button

    Click the Chrome menu button.

  2. Select Bookmarks, then click Bookmark Manager.

    Click on Bookmark Manager

    Click on Bookmark Manager.

  3. Under the Organize drop-down menu, select Export Bookmarks to HTML file.

    Click Export Bookmarks to HTML file

    Click Export Bookmarks to HTML file.

  4. Choose a safe location to store your Chrome bookmarks.

    Save your exported bookmarks to a backup drive

    Save your exported bookmarks to a backup drive.

Your Chrome bookmarks are now backed up.  The HTML file that was exported can easily be imported into another Chrome installation, by using the import option of the Bookmarks menu.

Geoff Akerlund

Geoff Akerlund

Geoff Akerlund is the founder and editor-in-chief of BackupReview.com. He is a cloud fanatic and regularly reviews online backup services. He believes backups should be easy, affordable, and automatic.
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  • lady caca

    i did this and it missed a third of my bookmarked pages. i.e. i opened up the html file and checked against my bookmarks. shit product

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  • Kjones

    Your best bet is to use a cloud-based bookmark manager like Listango.com. You can import your bookmarks from Chrome and then you don’t have to worry about what type of device or browser you are using.

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  • Fabio Monzani

    I use Sitecity to keep all my bookmarks in one place and available from any browser and any smartphone.
    Check it out http://www.sitecityapp.com

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