How to Backup and Restore Entire Google Chrome Setting

Backup your Google chrome setting so that when bad things happen you’ll not be left on the spot. For example you need to reformat your computer, you obviously need to reinstall Google chrome later except if you’re using Google chrome portable. If you have no backup therefor you’ll lose your extensions, save passwords, customization and most important of all your bookmarks as bookmarks serves as reference of all of your web activities.

 

If you want to backup your bookmarks only:

  1. Open Google chrome, click the square with three stripes on the upper right corner then click Bookmarks>Bookmark manager or just paste this address on the address bar. chrome://bookmarks/#1 sshot-1
  2. In the bookmark manager tab, click Organize>Export bookmarks to HTML file. Browse to the location where you want to save your bookmark backup then hit Save.backup google chrome

To restore bookmarks only:

  1. Follow step one on how to backup bookmarks.
  2. In bookmark manager tab, click Organize>Import bookmarks from HTML file. Locate your HTML bookmark file then hit Open. This process is also applicable to those who use Google chrome portable.sshot-3

 Backup entire Google chrome settings by enabling sync.

In this process you can backup your entire Google chrome setting including your bookmarks, extensions, saved passwords, tabs and other customization to where they are by just signing in to your Google account. Google Chrome will upload your entire setting to your Google account making it accessible to any computer or device you use together with your Google account. If for example you signed in your Google account into two Google chrome using different computers, what changes you make on Google chrome computer 1 will automatically reflect on Google chrome computer 2.

[icon name=”icon-warning-sign”]For security measures, avoid signing in your Google account into public or untrusted computers. Your data will be stored on these computers and will be accessible to other users. To remove your data, just delete the user you use to sign in.

To sign in to your Google account just click the square with three stripes on the upper right side of Google chrome or just paste the address given below to the address bar then click Sign in to Chrome.
This setting is also applicable to Google chrome portable.

chrome://settings/

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 Update:
I removed google chrome backup and restore manually because it isn’t working anymore due to recent chrome updates.  Be sure to sync your chrome with your google account to backup your setting and all the stuff you need.

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72 Comments

  1. claude hawks says:

    Iive been having trouble downloading pics to my smart phone

  2. Bob Korndorffer says:

    I lost my bookmarks and customization’s recently. I have numerous off site backup sets. I selected a backup set from just before the loss and restored that “default” directory including all the sub-folders and files. But this restored a much older set of customization’s and bookmarks. Any suggestions as to what I might have done wrong?

    • TripleL says:

      You mentioned that you have many backups on hand.. Are you sure that it is the latest that you have restored or did you try doing it again? Because there is no other ways to restore earlier backups unless you selected it.

  3. Raji says:

    Why not backup the entire Google folder within AppData?

  4. Linda says:

    Phase 1: Backup method 1 is so simple. Amazing. If Phase 2 – logging on and sync to my new computer – is as easy, you’ll have been a genius guru.Thank you.

  5. Rob says:

    Great Chrome settings backup article. Thank you so much…exactly what I needed to help me fix some issues I’d been having with Chrome. Did the backup, uninstalled Chrome, reinstalled Chrome, then put my bookmarks back. As I’m not sure what setting or extension jammed up my previous install, I’ll leave it “new” with only a few extensions. No more choppy YouTube video!

  6. alam says:

    What a wonderfull article.i just looking for it coz i am going to format my laptop and worrying about chrome save passwords.
    Thank you admin.

  7. seshadev chandan says:

    i don’t no my password please beckup

  8. Phil says:

    Can anyone give the same instructions for Backing up & Restoring, Chrome setting on a Mac?
    Thx. PJ

  9. Brenda says:

    Wondering if Chrome has a back up for text messaging on phones

  10. Robert says:

    I like the service

  11. Wouter says:

    Chrome automatically resets some settings after i coped the Default folder. is there a way to prevent this?

  12. Sarah says:

    Gotta love work restrictions. I can’t find that Application Data folder anywhere. >:(

    • Alex says:

      Same issue but easily solved :)

      Go to your user name’s folder, click “Organize” with the down arrow, then “Folder and Search Options.” Go to the “View” tab and under “Hidden Files and Folders” select “Show Hidden Files and Folders.” Voila, like magic she appears.

  13. Putuberbagi says:

    Thanks, its works!!!

  14. Does the sync method work for everyone?

  15. rhod says:

    Thank you for this article, I managed to backup all necessary files. Keep sharing great tutorials and thanks.

  16. Markus says:

    Thank you very much. The only thing – on my computer the ‘default’ profile was stored in:

    %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data

    Cheers Markus

    • Alex says:

      Same issue but easily solved :)

      Go to your user name’s folder, click “Organize” with the down arrow, then “Folder and Search Options.” Go to the “View” tab and under “Hidden Files and Folders” select “Show Hidden Files and Folders.” Voila, like magic she appears.

  17. ME says:

    what if u used windows xp my command prompt claims the following directory:
    {%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data} is unavailable aka doesn’t exist.

  18. ME says:

    what if u used windows xp my command prompt claims the following directory:
    {%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data} is unavailable aka doesn’t exist.

    please help, admin

  19. LIam says:

    Thanks for the how-to on manual backup. I assumed backing up google chrome manually would be like Firefox, just copy and paste the entire folder, yet it won’t work nicely.

  20. Diamond Dave says:

    Thank you so much! I’m upgrading a hard drive in a laptop and this was just what I needed. Simple, straightforward and it WORKS!

  21. Thanks for sharing

  22. Word says:

    Spam comments would be so much more successful if they’d just take the time to properly spell their idiotic statements.

    Anyway, thanks for the post.

  23. Asghar says:

    tnx for these, & how about passwords?
    is there any way to backup or restore them?

  24. Afeef says:

    Does it saves all the passwords and will it keep the sites logged in the way there were already?

  25. gary.pylant says:

    mcafee has apparently hijacked my default search search engine so that now, if i search from the omnibox, i jump into yahoo search. and i can’t do anything within chrome to reestablish it as default. if i follow your instructions on how to copy the Default userdata folder, invoke chrome reset to re-establish chrome as the default search engine, will that get wiped out when i move my copy of Default back, so i’m no better than when i started? i have other settings that i want kept, but i ESPECIALLY want my cookies back

  26. haidar says:

    how to merge 2 data base ?
    i save some of my password at my other PC

  27. SpinStopper says:

    Thanks so much for this information! I am about to take the plunge and install Windows 10. Having done a complete refresh of Windows 8 once before, I’ve experienced the nightmare of losing ALL of my settings and having to rediscover them all one at a time. I hope this helps! I have high hopes. Thanks again ;)

  28. Kyle says:

    How do I back up a single google chrome account?

  29. Jay says:

    Great info. I checked the ‘passwords’ box when clearing my cache (I know, so friggin lame). And so I’m trying to apply this knowledge into recovering all my Chrome passwords. If I turn sync off and log into a device that hasn’t been synced with Google for a while, can I grab the old passwords stored locally? And how?
    Thanks a ton in advance. Hope you can help.
    -Jay

  30. Cynthia Harris says:

    Just one note: you shouldn’t do chrome bookmarks backup manually, there are tools to automate the backup process, for example, Backupery for Chrome bookmarks.

  31. percy hallett says:

    sorry to trouble you but I keep getting things wrong and try and get back to where i started from and keep getting in a lot more trouble so please what can i do to get back to where i turned it on as i am just learning i am not worry what is delete of the computer except the email which is the only thing i would like to keep thank you for your time percy

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  33. Leigh says:

    I must have a totally unique google chrome, this is not what my bookmark selections are!

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