How To Backup Your Chrome Bookmarks Without ‘Chromesync’

Chromesync is the most attractive feature on Chrome and we all love it. But what if you do not want to use it but still need to backup your bookmarks? Well, you can copy the “Bookmarks” file from Chrome’s App data and backup it on Dropbox or a similar cloud service to get sync it elsewhere. Let me show you how.

The only thing involved here is navigating to the correct folder to find the “bookmarks” file to copy it. So, here is the location of this file on different operating systems.

Windows 7

C:\Users\<USER>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default ( Replace the <USER> with your username. Here is the easiest way. Open up explorer and paste this on the address bar after altering the username to show yours.

This directly takes you to the folder for the default user. Navigate to other folders if you need to copy bookmarks from other profiles.

Open the following

Windows XP

C:\Documents and Settings\<USER>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\

Windows 8

C:\Users\<USER>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default  (same as Windows 7)



Apple Mac OSX –

~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default

Let me know if you got any questions.

6 responses to “How To Backup Your Chrome Bookmarks Without ‘Chromesync’”

  1. How about to use bookmarks export to html file?!
    You can import this html file on every another chrome browser!

  2. Victor Zamanian

    I would think the following is simpler.

    1. Bookmark manager
    2. Organize->Export to HTML

  3. Is it just me or is google development starting to suck? I used to rely on google toolbar bookmarks for so many things, and now it’s become a big pain in the butt to sync with my other computers. Nothing more frustrating than finding a good website at work, and then trying to find it again at home. I dont want to manually export HTML!!! Wake up google!

    1. Victor Zamanian

      They have discontinued that in order to promote Google Chrome, which has syncing features (apps, bookmarks, settings, preferences, etc).

      Install Chrome. 😉

  4. I have a question about this. Can you explain this more clearly step by step? I tried doing this, then dropbox wanted to know what program to use to open bookmarks in on my tablet. Don’t understand!

    1. Here’s a simple program to do what you need to do:

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