How to Sync Chrome Bookmarks

Access Chrome sync settings on Mac, PC or Linux

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When you sign into your Google account on one device, you can sync your Chrome bookmarks, across all of your devices. All you have to do is log in using the same Gmail address. The default option when you turn on this functionality is to sync everything, which includes:

  • Bookmarks
  • History and open tabs
  • Passwords
  • Autofill info and credit cards
  • Settings and preferences

Syncing Your Bookmarks on Desktop

If you don't want to sync everything, you can go into Chrome’s sync settings, and choose what you’d like to back up. You can choose to sync just Chrome bookmarks if you like.

To sync your bookmarks:

  1. Open Chrome on your computer.

  2. At the top right, click the More menu (three vertical dots) and select Settings.

  3. Click Sync.

    Chrome browser Sync section of Settings with Everything selected.
  4. Toggle off Sync everything.

  5. Toggle off every item except Bookmarks.

    Chrome browser Sync section of Settings with Bookmarks selected.

    Leave the toggle on for anything else you want to sync.

    Syncing Your Bookmarks on Android & iOS

    You can also access Chrome’s sync settings on your Android or iOS smartphone. Again, you can opt to just sync Chrome bookmarks, sync everything, or somewhere in between. To sync your bookmarks on mobile:

  6. Open Chrome on your smartphone.

  7. Tap the More menu (three vertical dots) on the top right of any webpage.

  8. Tap Settings.

  9. Tap your profile picture at the top of the Settings page.

    On an iPhone, you may need to sign into Chrome first.

  10. Tap Sync.

  11. Toggle off Sync everything.

  12. Toggle off every item except Bookmarks.

Add a Passphrase to Protect Your Data

Google always encrypts your data while it’s in transit. If you’d like to sync your Chrome data but prevent Google from reading it, you can create a passphrase.

A passphrase won’t protect your payment methods and billing/shipping addresses from Google Pay.

When you set up a sync passphrase, you’ll need to input it on current and new devices when you sign in with your Google credentials. On Chrome, you won’t see suggestions based on your browsing history, and you can’t view your saved passwords.

Chrome browser’s option to create a Sync passphrase.

To create a sync passphrase:

  1. Turn on sync (see above) in Chrome if you haven’t already.

  2. Go to Settings by selecting it from the More menu (three vertical dots).

  3. Click Sync.

  4. Scroll down to Encryption options, choose Encrypt synced data with your own sync passphrase.

  5. Input and confirm your passphrase. (Make sure it’s a strong password.)

  6. Click Save.

Chrome Bookmarks Not Syncing?

If you’re having issues with the sync feature, there are few actions you can take:

  • Make sure you’ve signed into the correct Google account. If you have multiple Gmail addresses, check that you’ve signed into the one that’s syncing your bookmarks.
  • As with any IT problem, sometimes you can fix issues by turning the sync function off and back on again.
  • Clear your cookies in Chrome. Doing this logs you out of your email and other accounts, and remove any site preferences you’ve set up.
  • Try resetting your Chrome settings. Doing this resets your default search engine, homepage and default startup tabs, pinned tabs, and extensions and themes.