If you want a local backup of all bookmarks, you can export Chrome bookmarks to a file and then import them when needed. This article shows you how.
The ability to bookmark your favorite website or web page is one of the most useful features of Chrome. When used in conjunction with the reading lists feature, bookmarks make your browsing experience that much easier.
If you’re like most people, you probably have a lot of bookmarks saved in Chrome. Generally, all the bookmarks are automatically synced to your Google account, if you are signed in. That way, you can access all your bookmarks on other devices and don’t lose access even if you reinstall or reset the Chrome browser.
However, there might be situations where you need to back up Chrome bookmarks. For example, maybe you want to have a local copy of all your bookmarks, you don’t want to sync Chrome data with your Google account, import Chrome bookmarks into another browser, etc. Whatever the reason, Chrome makes it easy to import and export bookmarks.
In this article, I will guide you through the steps to export and import Chrome bookmarks.
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How to export Chrome bookmarks
There are several ways to back up or export Chrome bookmarks. For example, you can do it from the Chrome bookmarks location or the bookmark manager feature in Chrome. Follow the below steps to export Chrome bookmarks.
- Open the Chrome web browser.
- Click the three dots icon on the top right corner.
- Select the Bookmarks > Bookmarks Manager option.
- Click the three dots icon located in the top right corner.
- Select Export Bookmarks from the drop-down menu.
- Choose a location on your computer.
- Click the Save button to export the Chrome bookmarks file.
First thing, open the Chrome browser. You can either click on the Chrome icon on the taskbar, double-click on the desktop icon, or search for Google Chrome in the Start menu and click on the result.
Once the browser opens, click the “Three Dots” icon in the top right corner of the browser to open the menu. From the menu, select the “Bookmarks > Bookmarks Manager” option.
On the Bookmark Manager page, you will see all your bookmarks. Click the “Three Dots” icon in the top-right corner and select the “Export Bookmarks” option.
In the save dialog box, choose a location to save the Chrome bookmark file and click the “Save” button. As soon as you do that, all the Chrome bookmarks are exported to the disk as an HTML file.
How to import Chrome bookmarks
You can import Chrome bookmarks from the Bookmarks Manager page in the browser. Below are the steps on how to do it.
- Open the Chrome browser.
- Click the three dots icon.
- Choose the Bookmarks > Bookmarks Manager option.
- Click the three dots icon on the bookmarks manager page.
- Select the Import Bookmarks option.
- Select the Chrome bookmarks file.
- Click the Open button.
- With that, Chrome bookmarks are imported.
Launch the Chrome browser using the desktop icon or by searching for it in the Start menu. Once opened, click the menu icon (three dots) on the top right corner and select the “Bookmarks > Bookmark Manager” option.
Click the three dots menu again on the bookmarks manager page, and choose the Import Bookmarks option. As the name implies, this option lets you import Chrome bookmarks.
Now, open the saved folder, select the Chrome bookmarks file, and click the “Open” button.
As soon as you do that, all the bookmarks will be imported into your Chrome browser.
That is all. As you can see, exporting and importing bookmarks in Google Chrome is an easy process. If you are not syncing your Chrome data to your Google account, it is a good practice to regularly back up all your Chrome bookmarks. That way, you don’t lose them if your computer crashes or you switch to a new device. Once you have the backup, you can import Chrome bookmarks and restore them as and when needed.
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