Google Chrome can keep your bookmarks in a few different places. There is a bookmarks bar, the “Other Bookmarks” folder, and a sidebar. Bookmarks are also stored in a folder on your Windows PC or Mac.
These bookmark files can be useful for backing up Chrome. If you don’t want to rely on Chrome’s cloud sync features, you can use the bookmarks file as a local backup and use it to restore your bookmarks. Let us begin.
Find Chrome bookmarks on Windows
To find Chrome bookmarks in Windows, first open File Explorer and navigate to the C: drive.
Then go to Users > username. We’ll need to enable “Hidden Items” under the “View” tab on the ribbon to continue.
Now we can see the “AppData” folder, which is where we need to go.
From here go to Local > Google > Chrome > User Data > Default.
In the “Default” folder, find the “Bookmarks” and “Bookmarks.bak” files. “Bookmarks” are your current bookmarks and “Bookmarks.bak” includes deleted bookmarks. You won’t see it if you haven’t deleted any of your bookmarks.
There you go!
Find Chrome Bookmarks on Mac
On a Mac, open Finder. Hold down the Option key on your keyboard and click Go > Library on the top menu bar. (If you don’t hold down the option key, you won’t see this option in the menu.
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From there go to App Support > Google > Chrome > Default.
That’s where you’ll find the “Bookmarks” and “Bookmarks.bak” files. “Bookmarks” are your current bookmarks and “Bookmarks.bak” includes deleted bookmarks. You won’t see it if you haven’t deleted any of your bookmarks.
That’s all about it. You can now use these files to create a local backup of your Chrome bookmarks. Keeping these things in sync with the cloud can be a good thing, but not everyone chooses to do so. Local files can do the same.
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