How to Backup Chrome Bookmarks

Easily backup and restore your bookmarks to and from anywhere

Chrome bookmarks use simple HTML files you can store on a USB drive, networked storage, or even the cloud without hassle. As an added bonus, Firefox can import Chrome's HTML backups, meaning it's easier than ever to share and move your bookmark library.

If you are logged into a Google account, your bookmarks are automatically saved in the cloud. To restore them, log into the same Google account on a different device and open Chrome.

How to Backup Chrome Bookmarks

If you are not using a Google account or want a copy on your hard drive, network or USB drive, read on.

  1. Open Chrome.

    Google Chrome Home
  2. Locate and select the three vertical dot icon in the upper right corner of the Chrome window.

  3.  Under the resulting drop-down menu, find Bookmarks.

  4.  Select Bookmark Manager.

    Google Chrome Menu
  5. Select the three-dot icon to the right side of the blue bar across the bookmarks tab, then select Export bookmarks.

  6. Chrome will open a new window that will allow you to browse to the location where you want to store your backup. Select a location on your computer, name your backup file, then select Save.

    If you have a USB drive inserted in your computer or are connected to a networked storage device, you can place your bookmarks in there. You can also store them in a folder that syncs to a cloud storage provider, like Dropbox.

    Backup Chrome Bookmarks to HTML
  7. Your backup is now safely in the location where you stored it. You'll be able to import that backup into another Chrome install or even Firefox when you're ready.

How to Restore Your Chrome Bookmarks

If you ever find yourself needing to restore bookmarks from a lost Chrome install, the process is also straightforward.

  1. Open Chrome.

    Google Chrome Home
  2. Go to the bookmarks tab using the instructions above, or press CTRL+Shift+O on your keyboard. Chrome will open the tab instantly.

    Chrome Bookmark Tab
  3. Select the three dots in the upper right corner, then select Import bookmarks.

    Chrome Bookmark Manager Menu
  4. Chrome will open a file browser window. Locate your bookmark backup HTML file, select it, then choose Open to import your bookmarks.

  5. Chrome will get to work incorporating your backed up bookmarks. As long as your backup was from Chrome, your bookmarks should be categorized back where they belong. Firefox bookmarks will probably end up in the Other bookmarks section, but you can move them around as you like after you import them.