How to Import and Export Google Chrome Bookmarks Locally

We show you how to export Chrome bookmarks to a local backup and import them again without the use of any third-party tools.

How to Back Up and Restore Your Chrome Bookmarks Locally

If you're like me, you're worried you'll lose years worth of Chrome bookmarks but distrusting of '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.

  1. Open 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.

  2. Press the export Chrome bookmarks button

    Once you're in Google Chrome bookmark manager, this time press the three-dots in the top-right corner of the webpage. Once the fly-out menu opens, press “Export bookmarks”.

  3. 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.

  1. Open the “Import bookmarks and settings…” menu

    Press the three dots in the top-right corner of your Chrome browser and select “Bookmarks > Import bookmarks and settings…”.

  2. Select “Bookmarks HTML File from the dropdown

  3. Find your Chrome bookmarks location and select the file

    Once you're sure you have the correct Chrome bookmark backup, press “Open”.

  4. Press “Done”

    Chrome will instantly import all of your bookmarks and settings as they were when you made the backup.

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