Here is how you can restore deleted bookmarks in Google Chrome after deleting them accidentally or intentionally. One purged bookmark is probably not an issue, but it is another thing when you lose a massive collection of favorites you have been gathering for years. It is worth noting that there is no guarantee you will be able to recover deleted bookmarks in Chrome, but you can still try your luck using several methods described in this article.
Important. If you use Google Chrome sync, deleting bookmarks on one device will cause them to disappear on all the other connected devices.
Recover Deleted Bookmarks in Chrome
You can try recovering deleted bookmarks from your browser’s history before attempting more complicated approaches. Go to chrome://history and try to find some of your lost bookmarks. This approach will work if you want to recover a single or several bookmarks, not the entire collection.
Another thing you should try is to check whether you have enabled bookmark sync:
- Launch Chrome and click your profile picture.
- If Chrome does not say the sync is on, click Turn on sync. If the sync is enabled, click Sync is on.
- Click Manage what you sync.
- If the Bookmarks option is off, enable it, then wait for the browser to sync your bookmarks.
If you use Google Account to sync your bookmarks, browsing history, settings, and other data across devices, try recovering them from another device. Important: disconnect from the internet on your second device. You need to ensure it will not sync and delete Chrome bookmarks. Favorites are available offline, so your task is to export them before Chrome sync deletes your favorites on all connected computers. Note that you cannot export bookmarks from Chrome on iOS or Android. If you do not have another PC or Mac with Google Chrome signed into your account, skip to the next part of the article.
- Turn on your other computer and disconnect it from the internet immediately before launching Google Chrome. Disable Wi-Fi, unplug the Ethernet cable, or enable Airplane mode.
- Open Chrome and click the main menu button. Select Bookmarks > Bookmarks Manager. Alternatively, press Ctrl + Shift + O.
- Click the button with three dots located in the upper-right corner of the screen.
- Select Export bookmarks.
- Save the export file wherever convenient. Now you can connect to the internet and move the exported file to your primary computer where you want to recover deleted Chrome bookmarks.
- Launch Chrome and open the bookmarks manager. Go to chrome://bookmarks or press Ctrl + Shift + O.
- Click the same three-dots button and select Import bookmarks.
- Select the file with your exported bookmarks and wait for Chrome to finish importing and recovering your deleted bookmarks. Also, ensure the sync is on so Chrome can upload your favorites to your account and safely store them there.
Restore Bookmarks in Chrome
Here is how to restore bookmarks in Chrome for those who do not have another computer. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and other browsers frequently create bookmarks backups you can use to recover deleted favorites.
- Close Google Chrome.
- Launch File Explorer and enable the “Show hidden files” option.
- Go to C:\Users\YOUR USER\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default. Replace YOUR USER with your actual username.
- Find two files: Bookmarks and Bookmarks.bak. The latter is the backup of your Chrome bookmarks.
- Delete the Bookmarks file, then rename Bookmarks.bak to just Bookmarks.
- Launch Google Chrome.
Important. You will not be able to restore deleted bookmarks in Chrome if the browser has created a bookmarks backup after you have deleted your favorites. You can prevent the need to restore deleted Chrome bookmarks by regularly creating backups using the method described in the previous section of the article.