Whether you’re reinstalling your operating system or buying a new computer, you’re bound to install a browser application while setting up your computer.
Before long, you will realize that most of your bookmarks are gone.
Thankfully, Google Chrome allows you to save all of your bookmarks.
Then you can import these onto your new computer or browser, and your new browser will feel like your old one in no time.
Read on to keep all of your favorite websites saved in your new browser by learning how to export Chrome bookmarks.
What Are Google Chrome Bookmarks?
You can use bookmarks in web browsers to store a website’s address for use in the future without having to type the website address manually. You can also save bookmarks on the browser’s top bar for easy access. Using bookmarks can save you a lot of time and is incredibly useful for web pages with exceptionally long URLs.
You can even create bookmarks for specific parts of a website, so you don’t have to go to the website and select a page to navigate to.
On Chrome, you can do this by clicking the star button in the search bar on your browser when on a specific page.
How to Export Chrome Bookmarks
Google Chrome allows you to export your bookmarks for use in another browser. It does so through an HTML file.
As Google Chrome was created for Windows, macOS, and Linux simultaneously, this method is usable on all versions of Google Chrome.
However, note that there might be a few visual differences depending on your operating system.
Here are the steps you need to follow to export Chrome bookmarks:
- Click on the three dots in the top right corner of the browser window, which will open a drop-down menu.
- There, click on Bookmarks.
- Now, click on Bookmark manager. This will open a new page containing your bookmarks.
4. You will see three vertical dots towards the top right corner. Click on it, and another drop-down menu will show up.
5. Here, click on Export bookmarks. This will open the file explorer of your operating system.
6. Head to the file path where you wish to save the file and click on Save.
The file will be saved as an HTML file which you can then load into your preferred browser. If you’re using a Chromium-based default browser, then you can apply most of the steps above whether you wish to export or import bookmarks into your browser.
How to Import Bookmarks Into Chrome
There are essentially two ways to import your bookmarks into Google Chrome. If you already have a browser installed, you can see it in the Import bookmarks and settings menu.
However, one way that is almost always guaranteed to work is to load a created HTML file from one browser and load the file into another instance of Google Chrome.
Here are the steps to follow to import an HTML file into Google Chrome:
- Click on the three dots icon in the top right corner of the screen. This will open a drop-down menu.
- Here, click on Bookmarks which will open another sub-menu.
- Click on the Import bookmarks and settings button. This will open a new window in the middle of the screen.
4. Press the option allowing you to select the method using which you wish to import the bookmarks. You can choose your desired browser or click on the Bookmarks HTML File option.
5. Once selected, click on Choose File. This will open the file browser on your computer. Head over to the location where your file is and click on it.
6. Once the file is loaded in, Chrome will show a confirmation.
7. Click on Done.
Note: This doesn’t import your blocked websites. You’ll have to block sites again manually.
You’ll also need to reinstall your favorite browser extensions.
Export Chrome Bookmarks on Android and iOS
Unfortunately, you cant export your bookmarks into a file on your mobile.
However, you can use the sync feature in Google Sheets to export your bookmarks. This will save your bookmarks directly into your Google account backup.
You can log in to your account on a different device to restore your synced bookmarks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Export My Google Chrome Bookmarks?
Yes, there are two ways you can export bookmarks on Chrome. The first method is to use your Google account and enable syncing. The second method involves exporting your bookmarks into an HTML file. You can do the latter method while not connected to the internet.
How Do I Save and Export Bookmarks in Chrome?
When you install the browser, your bookmarks are already stored in a file on your computer. However, you can also export the bookmarks as an HTML file. To do this, head to the Bookmarks manager and click on Export bookmarks. You can then store this file anywhere on your computer.
How Do I Export Chrome Bookmarks Offline?
On Google Chrome, You can export bookmarks by heading into the Bookmark manager. There, access the settings and click on Export bookmarks. You can export your bookmarks as a local file on your computer. You can then move this file to another pc or import the file into another browser.
How Do I Export Bookmarks From Chrome to Another Computer?
To export your bookmarks:
- Click on the three dots in the top right corner of the browser window and click on Bookmarks.
- Click on Bookmark manager. Click on the three vertical dots and then click on Export bookmarks.
- Export the file locally.
- Then you can copy this file to a USB stick or send it through an email on the other computer. Import this file by going to the Bookmark manager in the other instance of Google Chrome.
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