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. However, what happens with the bookmarks if you reinstall the operating system on your computer or change out the old computer for a new one?
Worry not, for Google Chrome has a solution to preserve those precious bookmarks. Chrome has a built-in sync feature that saves all your bookmarks so that you can easily use them on any device using the Chrome browser. Sure, you and just about everyone else knows that, of course. However, problems can occur from time to time, manipulating, erasing, or preventing access to your synced bookmarks.
So, what can you do if you cannot access your synced bookmarks or lost them somehow? The answer is you save all your bookmarks by exporting them to an external storage device, such as a USB stick, SSD, HDD, or even a third-party cloud service. Whenever you want to recover your bookmarks, it is only a matter of importing the file to your Chrome browser.
Another benefit of exporting bookmarks is that you can add them to almost any browser that accepts imports. Here’s how to back up your Chrome bookmarks and import them to any browser whenever you want.
How to Export Bookmarks in Chrome on a Mac
To export Chrome’s bookmarks to your Mac, follow the steps below.
- Open “Chrome” on your Mac.
- Click the “vertical ellipsis” (three vertical dots) icon in Chrome’s top right corner.
- Click “Bookmarks.”
- Select “Bookmark Manager.”
- When the bookmark manager menu opens, click the “vertical ellipsis” (three vertical dots) icon all the way to the right of the “Search bookmarks” field.
- Now, click “Export bookmarks”
- Choose a “location” for the export file and type in the “name.” Just ensure you leave the “.html” file extension at the end of the file name.
- Click the “Save” button to export your Chrome bookmarks.
This should automatically export all your Google Chrome bookmarks into an HTML file. If you encounter any issues, you can always manually export your Chrome bookmarks. Once you have them saved, you can easily import them to Safari, Firefox, Opera, or many other browsers. You can also import them into Chrome anytime on any device.
How to Import My Chrome Bookmarks Back into Chrome on Mac
If you want to import your bookmarks back to Google Chrome in Mac, follow the process below.
- Open “Chrome” on your Mac.
- Click the “vertical ellipsis” (three vertical dots) menu in the browser’s upper right corner.
- Click “Bookmarks.”
- Click “Bookmark Manager.”
- Now click the “vertical ellipsis” (three vertical dots) menu to the right of the search box.
- Click “Import bookmarks.”
- Browse for your export file and click “Import” when you’re ready.
- Once you do it, Chrome will import all the bookmarks that are in the export file.
How to Export Bookmarks in Chrome on a Windows PC
Similar to the process on Mac computers, exporting Chrome bookmarks is quite simple on Windows 10, 8, 8.1, and 7.
- Open “Google Chrome” in Windows 10 or earlier.
- Click the “vertical ellipsis” (three dots) icon in Chrome’s top right corner.
- Choose “Bookmarks,” then select “Bookmark manager.”
- In the “Bookmark Manager” menu, click the “vertical ellipsis” (three vertical dots) icon – the one that is all the way to the right of the Search bookmarks field.
- Select “Export bookmarks.”
- The “Save As” menu appears. Browse to the location where you want to export your bookmarks. Enter a name for the file and ensure the “Type” is set to “HTML Document,” then click on “Save.”
- Chrome will now export all your bookmarks to the folder you chose. When you open it, your export file will be there.
Keeping your bookmarks in the universal format called “HTML Document” allows you to easily import them back to Chrome or any other web browser whenever needed.
How to Import My Chrome Bookmarks Back into Chrome on Windows 10, 8, 8.1, and 7
Once you’ve exported your Chrome Bookmarks in Chrome on Windows, you can easily import them back into the reinstalled OS, new computer, reinstalled Chrome, or whatever scenario you have.
- Open “Chrome” on your computer then Press the “Ctrl + Shift + O” (MS Windows) combination on your keyboard at the same time. This will open Chrome’s “Bookmark Manager.”
- Click the “vertical ellipsis” (three vertical dots) menu in the top right corner of the page. It is the one that is in line with the search box.
- Choose “Import bookmarks.”
- 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.
- 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 Bookmarks in Chrome on a Chromebook
Just like Windows and Mac machines, Chromebooks also have export capabilities for managing your bookmarks.
- Open the “Google Chrome” browser.
- Click the “three dots menu” in Chrome’s top right corner.
- Click “Bookmarks” then “Bookmark manager.”
- Click the “three dots menu” in Chrome’s top right corner, but the one that is in line with the search box (the blue section).
- Click “Export bookmarks.“
- Choose your save location and file name to store your bookmarks export file. Ensure you leave the “.html” file extension at the end, then click “Save” to export your bookmarks.
How to Import Bookmarks Back into Chrome on Chromebook
To import the Chrome bookmarks you previously saved to an HTML file on your Chromebook, follow the steps below.
- Open Chrome.
- Click the three dots menu in the top right corner.
- Click “Bookmarks” then “Bookmark manager.“
- Now click the three dots menu that’s in line with the search field.
- Click “Import bookmarks.”
- Navigate to the location of your bookmarks export file and select it.
- Click Import and that is it.
How to Export Bookmarks in Chrome on Android
Unfortunately, you can’t directly export bookmarks on the Google Chrome mobile app for Android, but you can still export them. To complete the task, you use the sync feature of Chrome. You can also use a third-party app found in the Google Play Store if you want to isolate your mobile bookmarks from the rest.
Basically, Google Chrome bookmarks sync between all your devices that use the Chrome browser, which is why you don’t necessarily need to export anything on your smartphone or tablet to obtain them.
For each webpage that you bookmark on your mobile device, the new entry will appear in the “Mobile Bookmarks” folder, unless you change where to save the bookmark. You can access the bookmarks from your desktop or laptop computer as well. From there, you can export your bookmarks which includes the “Mobile Bookmarks” folder.
How to Export Chrome Bookmarks on Android using Sync and a PC
- Open “Chrome” on your Android device.
- Tap the “vertical ellipsis” (three-dots menu) in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Select “Settings.”
- Tap on “Sync” to open the Sync menu.
- Choose to sync everything by setting the slider to the “On” position or uncheck it and choose which items to sync by checking the boxes. Ensure “Bookmarks” is checked for either option.
- If wanting to bring back your bookmarks after a phone reset or Chrome reinstall, simply log back into Chrome and ensure “Sync” is turned on. If you want to export your mobile bookmarks, continue to the next step.
- Exit Android Chrome (optional), then head to your Windows or Mac PC and launch “Chrome.”
- Click on the “vertical ellipsis” (three vertical dots menu).
- Select “Bookmarks.”
- Click on “Bookmark Manager.”
- Click on the “vertical ellipsis” (three vertical dots) and select “Export bookmarks.”
- Type a name for your bookmarks export file or leave the default one (includes date). Add any “Tags” if desired. Choose where to save the file. Ensure the “Format” is set to “HTML text” and click on “Save” to finish.
Now, your exported bookmarks are stored in the selected location with the name you chose. You can import them to any browser as needed, including Chrome on a PC, Mac, or Chromebook as previously instructed.
How to Export and Import Bookmarks in Chrome on an iPhone
Much like with Android devices, the exporting 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.
- Open Chrome on your iPhone.
- Tap the menu icon in the upper right corner of the screen. It is the one that looks like three vertical dots.
- Now tap “Bookmarks.”
- 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.
- 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?