Import Bookmarks and Other Browsing Data to Google Chrome

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Google Chrome doesn't ship with Microsoft Windows, but many users, particularly those who are invested heavily in Google's ecosystem, prefer it over the default Windows 10 browser, Microsoft Edge.

Migrating from other browsers is a straightforward process using Chrome's built-in import tool.

Import from Chrome

To import Chrome bookmarks you've already archived to an HTML file:

  1. In Chrome, open the Bookmark Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+O on your keyboard. Alternatively, in the upper-right corner of Chrome, select the menu (three vertically stacked dots), then choose Bookmarks > Bookmark manager.
  2. On the Bookmarks page, select the menu (three dots), and choose Import bookmarks.
  3. Navigate to the HTML file and select Open. Chrome will import the contents of the file.

If you're migrating from a browser that doesn't enjoy significant market share, and if that browser exports bookmarks to HTML, use this process to migrate from that browser to Chrome. Some niche Linux browsers, for example, support export-to-HTML capability.

Import from Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Edge

Chrome can extract bookmarks and other browsing data (like stored passwords and form data) directly from Internet Explorer, Edge, or Firefox, without using an import/export file.

  1. In Chrome, in the upper-right corner, select the menu (three dots).
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. In the People section, select Import bookmarks and settings.
  4. From the drop-down menu, select your browser. NOTE: You'll only see the browsers installed on your PC. For example, if you're running Windows 10 but do not use Firefox, Chrome's importer will only show IE and Edge.
  5. After you select one of those browsers, choose the items to import, such as browsing history, favorites, passwords, search engines, and form data.
  6. Select Import to begin the data transfer.
  7. Select Done to close the window and return to Chrome.

You should receive a Success! message to indicate the import process completed correctly. You'll find the imported bookmarks on the bookmarks bar in their respective folders, Imported From IE or Imported From Firefox.