Various reasons prompt us to want to import our bookmarks, either from other devices or another browser. Maybe, you have just bought a new device, or you want to access some of the bookmarks in another browser you had used previously, or you want to share your bookmarks with your friends.
How to export Chrome bookmarks on Windows
- Launch Google Chrome
- Click on the hamburger dots in the right corner
- Navigate to the bookmarks option and click on the “Bookmarks manager” option.
(The key bindings for the shortcut are using the Ctrl+Shift+O keys if you prefer using the keyboard for some reason).
- When you click on the three hamburger dots, tap on the Export bookmarks option.
- You can rename it so as not to forget or confuse the file. The file must be in HTML format. Now hit the save button to confirm the action and the file will be saved in the document directory, or you can choose the directory you prefer.
How to import Chrome bookmarks on Windows
- Launch the Chrome browser and click on the menu icon in the top right corner of the browser.
- Go to the bookmarks option and select the Bookmarks manager, or you can still use the shortcut keybindings Ctrl+Shift+O.
- Now click on the three dots in the right corner for more options
- Select the import bookmarks option on the menu
- A file explorer pop-up window will be displayed
- Navigate to the directory where you had saved the HTML file and click on open.
How to export Chrome bookmarks on Mac
- Go ahead and launch the Google Chrome Browser
- Tap on the three dots in the right corner of the browser
- Scroll down and click on the “Bookmarks” option. This will prompt a pop-up menu on the screen.
- Now click on “Bookmark Manager”. This will open another tab in the browser.
- Tap on the three dots just under the three main dots on the main menu or the address bar
- Go ahead and click on the Export” option from the extended drop-down menu. This will display Finder file manager, where you can now choose the name of the bookmark file and the destination, and then click on “Save”.
How to import Chrome bookmarks on Mac
- Launch the Chrome browser if not already running
- Click on the bookmarks option
- Choose the “Bookmarks manager” option from the drop-down menu.
- Bookmarks manager page will be displayed next.
- Navigate to the “organize” button and click on it.
- On the next drop-down menu that appears on the screen, click on the “import bookmarks from HTML” option.
- Now navigate to the place you had previously saved the bookmarks HTML file.
- Click on the file, then tap on “open”
- This will then automatically import the bookmarks to the browser.
How to export Chrome bookmarks on Chromebook
- Launch Chrome and click on the hamburger dot in the top right corner of the browser
- Click on the bookmarks option to open its menu
- Click on the bookmark manager to open the next tab.
- On the right corner, near the search bar, click on those three dots. You will get a pop-up menu with an export bookmarks option.
- Tap on the export bookmarks option. This will take you to the file folder where you can choose to save the HTML file.
- Choose the name you can remember for that particular HTML file, and the destination folder you want to save to
- Save the file by clicking on the save option.
How to import Chrome bookmarks on Chromebook
- Launch the Google Chrome browser
- Click on the three dots in the right corner
- Navigate to bookmarks, and then to bookmarks manager
- On the next page that opens, tap on the three dots near the search bar, just like the above export example.
- Tap on the import bookmarks. This will automatically lead you to the file folder where you saved the HTML bookmark file. If not, just continue navigating to the folder you had saved the bookmarks file in.
- Tap on the particular HTML file, then click on the Open option to load the file to the Chrome browser. This will then automatically import all the bookmarks, and you are done.
How to export and import Chrome bookmarks on Android
Using the same Chrome account on the PC and Android phone will sync the bookmarks automatically. This is the most straightforward way to export and import Android Chrome bookmarks from other browsers.
- Launch Google Chrome on your Android phone.
- Click on the menu button at the top left side of the browser, and click Settings
- Tap Sign in to Chrome to enter your Google account.
- Now go to Settings and tap Sync.
- The bookmarks on your Android phone will now be synced across all devices with that account.
- Make sure you are logged in to the same Google account on your PC for the Android Chrome bookmarks to be synced.
Syncing Bookmarks Between Computers
Another simple way to import bookmarks to your Google Chrome browser is by signing in to your account. This will then sync all the saved activities from the browser to another device if you already have it configured with all the things, including bookmarks, on it.
- Launch Google Chrome
- Click on the three dots
- Go to settings
- On top of the settings page, you will see “You and Google”
- It will already be displaying the page options, or click on it to make sure you are on the sync page.
- Tap on the “turn on sync” button. After signing in, you will be prompted to sync all the activities from another Chrome browser, or will begin automatically.
Down the menu, you have the “import bookmarks and settings” option.
This is used to import settings from other browsers, as you can’t sync other browsers with chrome sign-in.
Go ahead and choose the browser you want to import the bookmarks and settings from.
Make sure the “favorites/bookmarks” check box is checked.
Now tap on import, and you are done.
Importing bookmarks from other browsers will work directly, but the particular browser must also be found or installed on that same device. This will not work if the browser is not already installed.
Alternatively, this can only apply if you sign in with a Google account and allow sync to synchronize, even if the browser is not already installed, but the browser will only apply to Chrome-to-Chrome browsers only.
Save the HTML file to a flash drive or an external hard drive. Or, you can save your Chrome bookmarks to your desktop and email them to yourself as an attachment.
Syncing feature allows transferring activities like browsing history, Google Chrome settings, and passwords, not excluding bookmarks. Just log in to your account and all things will automatically load up to the new device.