How to Export Bookmarks from Chrome

With so many websites that people visit on a daily basis, chances are you will find some that are worth saving. Of course, keeping that many bookmarks are not a problem for modern browsers. But what happens with the bookmarks if you decide to reinstall the operating system on your computer? Or if you are changing out the old computer for a new one?

Worry not, for Google Chrome has a solution for that. If you want to save all your bookmarks, you can easily export them to an external file. And when you want to recover the bookmarks, it is only a matter of importing the file to any browser you might be using.

How to Export and Import Bookmarks in Chrome on a Mac

Luckily, exporting and importing bookmarks is super easy on a Mac OS X machine. If you want to import your Google Chrome bookmarks to the Safari browser on your Mac, just follow the steps below.

  1. Step 1

    Open Safari on your Mac.
  2. Step 2

    Click File in the top menu.
  3. Step 3

    Click Import from.
  4. Step 4

    Click Google Chrome.
  5. Step 5

    Tick the Bookmarks checkbox.
  6. Step 6

    Click Import.

This should automatically import all your Google Chrome bookmarks to Safari. If you encounter any issues, you can always manually export your Chrome bookmarks. After you do that, you can easily import them to Safari.

To export Chrome’s bookmarks to your Mac, follow the steps below.

  1. Step 1

    Open Chrome on your Mac.
  2. Step 2

    Click the three vertical dots icon in Chrome’s top right corner.
  3. Step 3

    Click Bookmarks.
  4. Step 4

    Now click Bookmark manager.
  5. Step 5

    When the bookmark manager menu opens, click the “three vertical dots” icon all the way to the right of the “Search bookmarks” field.
  6. Step 6

    Click “Export Bookmarks to HTML File.”
  7. Step 7

    Choose a location for the export file and type in the name. Just make sure you leave the “.html” file extension at the end of the file name.
  8. Step 8

    Click the “Save” button to export your Chrome bookmarks.

With that done, it’s time to import your bookmarks to Safari.

  1. Step 1

    Open the Safari browser on your Mac computer.
  2. Step 2

    Click “File” from the top menu.
  3. Step 3

    Click “Import From.”
  4. Step 4

    Click “Bookmarks HTML File.”
  5. Step 5

    Click “Import.”

This will initiate the import, transferring all your bookmarks to Safari.

If you want to import your bookmarks back to Google Chrome, follow the process below.

  1. Step 1

    Open Chrome on your Mac.
  2. Step 2

    Click the three dots menu in the browser’s upper right corner.
  3. Step 3

    Click “Bookmarks.”
  4. Step 4

    Click “Bookmark manager.”
  5. Step 5

    Now click the three dots menu to the right of the search box.
  6. Step 6

    Click “Import bookmarks.”
  7. Step 7

    Browse for your export file and click “Import” when you’re ready.
  8. Step 8

    Once you do it, Chrome will import all the bookmarks that are in the export file.

How to Export and Import Bookmarks in Chrome on a Windows PC

Similar to the process on Mac computers, the import and export of Chrome’s bookmarks is quite simple on Windows machines as well.

  1. Step 1

    Open Google Chrome on your computer.
  2. Step 2

    Click the three dots icon in Chrome’s top right corner.
  3. Step 3

    Click Bookmarks then Bookmark manager.
  4. Step 4

    In the Bookmark manager menu, click the three vertical dots icon – the one that is all the way to the right of the Search bookmarks field.
  5. Step 5

    Click Export bookmarks.
  6. Step 6

    The Save as menu appears. Browse for the location where you want to export your bookmarks. Enter the name for your bookmark export file in the File name field. You will find it in the lower portion of the Save as menu window. Just make sure the name ends with the .html file extension.
  7. Step 7

    Once you have set the location and the file name for the export, click the Save button in the lower right corner of the Save as window.
  8. Step 8

    Chrome will now export all your bookmarks to the folder you chose. When you open it, your export file will be there.

Next time you want to export or import your bookmarks, you can try using the dedicated keyboard shortcut. Pressing the Ctrl + Shift + O keys on your keyboard at the same time will directly open Chrome’s Bookmark Manager feature. This will make the process much more convenient.

Keeping your bookmarks in the universal format of a .html file allows you to easily import all that back to Chrome or any other web browser. Here’s how you can do this in Chrome.

  1. Step 1

    Open Chrome on your computer then Press the Ctrl + Shift + O combination on your keyboard at the same time. This will open Chrome’s Bookmark Manager.
  2. Step 2

    Click the three vertical dots menu in the top right corner of the page. It is the one that is in line with the search box.
  3. Step 3

    Click Import bookmarks.
  4. Step 4

    The Open window appears, allowing you to navigate to the location of your bookmarks export file. When you find it, select the file and click Open in the lower right corner of the window.
  5. Step 5

    This will start the import, which can take a couple of seconds to finish. This depends directly on how many bookmarks you have in the export file.

How to Export and Import Bookmarks in Chrome on a Chromebook

Just like Windows and Mac machines, Chromebooks also have import/export capabilities for managing your bookmarks.

  1. Step 1

    Open the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Step 2

    Click the three dots menu in Chrome’s top right corner.
  3. Step 3

    Click Bookmarks then Bookmark manager.
  4. Step 4

    Click the three dots menu in Chrome’s top right corner, but the one that is in line with the search box.
  5. Step 5

    Click Export bookmarks.
  6. Step 6

    Navigate to the location where you would like to store the bookmarks export file. You can also name the export file anything you want. Just make sure you leave the “.html” file extension at the end then click Save to export your bookmarks.

To import the bookmarks you have saved to an HTML file, follow the steps below.

  1. Step 1

    Open Chrome.
  2. Step 2

    Click the three dots menu in the top right corner.
  3. Step 3

    Click Bookmarks then Bookmarks manager.
  4. Step 4

    Now click the three dots menu that’s in line with the search field.
  5. Step 5

    Click Import bookmarks.
  6. Step 6

    Navigate to the location of your bookmarks export file and select it.
  7. Step 7

    Click Import and that is it.

How to Export and Import Bookmarks in Chrome on an Android

Unfortunately, you can’t export and import bookmarks on the Google Chrome mobile app for Android. Regardless, you can still keep your mobile bookmarks even without these options.

Since Google Chrome bookmarks sync between all your devices that use the Chrome browser, you don’t necessarily need to export and import anything on your smartphone or tablet. For each webpage that you bookmark on your mobile device, the new entry will appear in the “Mobile Bookmarks” folder. Of course, you can access these from your desktop or laptop computer as well. You can also include the mobile bookmarks when doing a bookmarks export on your computer.

To choose which bookmarks you want to see on your mobile device, follow these few steps.

  1. Step 1

    Open Chrome on your Android device.
  2. Step 2

    Tap the three dots menu in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Step 3

    Tap Bookmarks.
  4. Step 4

    When the actual bookmarks list opens, tap the back arrow in the upper left corner of the screen. Now you will see several bookmark folders that allow you to choose which set of bookmarks you would like to use.
  5. Step 5

    Tap one of the folders to use that bookmarks set. Remember that you can use bookmarks from any of your devices with this feature.

How to Export and Import Bookmarks in Chrome on an iPhone

Much like with Android devices, the exporting and importing features don’t exist on the iOS version of Google Chrome. Of course, all your bookmarks remain in sync with your desktop or laptop computer. This allows you to choose which set of bookmarks you’d like to use on your mobile device.

To switch between different bookmark sets, follow the steps below.

  1. Step 1

    Open Chrome on your iPhone.
  2. Step 2

    Tap the menu icon in the upper right corner of the screen. It is the one that looks like three vertical dots.
  3. Step 3

    Now tap Bookmarks.
  4. Step 4

    This opens the list of the bookmarks you have saved on your iPhone. Tap the back arrow in the upper left corner of the screen.
  5. Step 5

    Now you can choose bookmarks from the Chrome browsers on your other devices. Simply tap any of the bookmark folders to load that set.

Import/Export That Works

Hopefully, this article helped you learn how to save all the bookmarks you’ve created in Google Chrome. Be it a Windows PC, Mac, or Chromebook, it’s certain that no bookmarks will be left out. Although Chrome’s mobile version doesn’t provide any import/export options, syncing your bookmarks across all devices will do the trick.

Have you managed to export your Chrome bookmarks? How about importing them to another browser? Please share your experiences in the comments section below.

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