How to Sync Chrome Bookmarks

Access Chrome sync settings on Mac, PC or Linux

When you sign in to 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
  • Apps
  • Extensions
  • Themes

These instructions apply to the Chrome browser on desktop or mobile devices.

Sync Your Bookmarks on Chrome For 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 only Chrome bookmarks.

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.

    Chrome Settings
  3. Click Sync and Google Services.

    Sync and Google services
  4. Select Manage what you sync.

    Manage what you sync
  5. Select Customize sync and toggle off every item except Bookmarks.

    Customize sync

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

    Sync Your Chrome Bookmarks on Android & iOS

    You can also access Chrome’s sync settings on your Android or iOS smartphone. Again, you can opt to 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 Sync and Google services.

    Syncing Google on Android

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

  10. Tap Manage sync.

  11. Toggle off Sync everything.

  12. Toggle off every item except Bookmarks.

    Managing sync

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 others from reading it, you can create a Google passphrase.

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

When you set up a Google 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.

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).

    Chrome Settings
  3. Click Sync and Google services.

    Sync and Google services
  4. Scroll down to Encryption options.

    Encryption options
  5. Choose Encrypt synced data with your own sync passphrase.

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

  7. 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.