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, other browsers like Mozilla Firefox can import Chrome's HTML files, meaning it's easier than ever to share and move your bookmark library. We show you how.

If you're 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're not using a Google account or want a copy of your bookmarks on your hard drive, network, or USB drive, here's how to back them up.

  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.

    You can also open the Bookmark Manager using the shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+O.

    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 opens a new window that allows 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 you're 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 can import that backup into another Chrome install or even another browser 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. Here's how to do it:

  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 opens 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 opens a file browser window. Locate your backup HTML file, select it, then choose Open to import your bookmarks.

  5. Chrome begins incorporating your backed up bookmarks. As long as your backup was from Chrome, your bookmarks should be categorized back where they belong.

    Bookmarks from other browsers will probably end up in the Other bookmarks section, but you can move them around as you like after you import them.