If you're like me, you're worried you'll lose years worth of Chrome bookmarks but distrusting of Google's cloud-based bookmark sync. In such cases, it's best to export bookmarks from Chrome to a local backup so you can import them later on.
A local Chrome bookmark save is also useful if you want to share them with a friend or family member. Rather than logging into your account, they can just import Chrome bookmarks via a simple HTML file.
Today, we'll cover both of those things. Here's how to export Chrome bookmarks and import them again if you need them:
How to Export Chrome Bookmarks with Bookmark Manager
You can save Chrome bookmarks deceptively easily using only its in-build Bookmark manager. Bookmark manager lets you backup chrome bookmarks in just a few clicks and doesn't require you to know the Chrome bookmarks location in File Explorer.
- Open Google Chrome Bookmark manager
Press the three dots in the top-right corner of your Google Chrome window and select “Bookmarks > Bookmark manager”. Alternatively, press Ctrl + Shift + O on your keyboard.
- Press the export Chrome bookmarks button
- How to save Chrome bookmarks
In the pop-up “Save as” window, choose your Chrome bookmarks location and press the “Save” button. Make sure it's stored in a safe place on your drive – the OneDrive folder is a good choice.
How to Import Chrome Bookmarks from a Chrome Bookmark Backup
There are two ways to import Chrome bookmarks, but they both do the same thing and one is easier than the other. As a result, we'll just be showing you how to use the the “Import Bookmarks and Settings” tool today.
- Open the “Import bookmarks and settings…” menu
- Select “Bookmarks HTML File from the dropdown
- Find your Chrome bookmarks location and select the file
- Press “Done”