How to Import Bookmarks and Other Browsing Data to Google Chrome

Switching browsers doesn't have to mean losing important info

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If you're unhappy with your current web browser and you're looking to switch to Google Chrome, you may be worried you'll lose all of your bookmarks and favorite websites. Don't be. You can import a lot of your personal data to Chrome, including your default search engine, browsing history, bookmarks, and saved passwords. In this guide, we show you how to import your bookmarks from other browsers such as Microsoft Edge or Safari.

Instructions in this article apply to Chrome versions 0.4.154 and later.

How to Import Bookmarks from Chrome

If you have some old bookmarks archived in an HTML file, here's how to import them to Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome.

  2. Select the menu (three-dot) icon, then choose Bookmarks Bookmark manager.

    You can also access the Bookmarks Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+O.

    Google Chrome with menu and submenu displayed
  3. On the Bookmarks page, select the menu (three-dot) icon, then choose Import Bookmarks.

    Google Chrome Bookmarks page
  4. Navigate to the HTML file on your hard drive and select Open. Chrome imports the contents of the file.

    Google Chrome Bookmarks import bookmarks function
  5. The imported bookmarks should now appear in the bookmark manager.

How to Import Bookmarks from Internet Explorer or Edge

Chrome extracts bookmarks and other browsing data (like stored passwords and form data) directly from Internet Explorer or Edge without using an import/export file. Here's how to make it work.

  1. Open Chrome and select the menu (three-dot) icon.

  2. Choose Settings.

    Google Chrome with main menu displayed
  3. Under the You and Google section, select Import bookmarks and settings.

    You can find the option to import bookmarks under the You and Google subheading
  4. From the drop-down menu, select your browser and choose the items to import, such as browsing history, favorites, passwords, search engines, and form data.

    You can choose which web browser to import bookmarks from
  5. Select Import to begin the data transfer.

  6. Success! message indicates the import process completed correctly.

    Google Chrome with import bookmarks and settings window displayed
  7. Select Done to close the window and return to Chrome.

  8. You can find the imported bookmarks on the bookmarks bar in their respective folder, such as Imported From Edge.

How to Migrate From Other Browsers

If you migrate bookmarks from Mozilla Firefox or a less-popular browser, and it exports bookmarks to HTML, use that process to import your data to Chrome. Some niche Linux browsers, for example, also support export-to-HTML capability.