You have unintentionally uninstalled Google Chrome and now you can no longer recover the sites you saved in favorite? Would you like to reinstall Chrome after some malfunctions you are experiencing but, before proceeding, would you like to make sure that your favorites are preserved, so that you can restore them when you need them? No problem: in both cases, if you want, I can help you.
In fact, the purpose of this tutorial will be to show you how to recover google chrome bookmarks. The operation can be carried out easily both on a computer and on a smartphone and tablet. But I warn you: in case you are trying to recover bookmarks after removing Chrome, if you had not previously made a backup of them (on the cloud or locally), I cannot guarantee that you will be able to recover them. Indeed, if you have removed them and immediately closed the browser, I must unfortunately inform you that it is very difficult to restore them.
That said, I would say not to delay any longer and to take action. So I just have to wish you a good read and wish you a big good luck so that you can find your Chrome favorites on all the devices you are interested in.
- How to recover Google Chrome bookmarks: computer
- How to recover bookmarks synced with Google account
- How to recover Google Chrome bookmarks from hard drive
- How to export favorites from Google Chrome
- How to recover Google Chrome bookmarks: smartphones and tablets
- How to recover bookmarks synced with Google account
- How to retrieve favorites from the phone memory
How to recover Google Chrome bookmarks: computer
If you agree, I'd start by telling you about the options you have available for retrieve Google Chrome bookmarks on computer. In this case you can act directly from the browser itself or from the hard disk of your computer. In due course, I'll also show you how to export favorites. Read on for all the details on the procedures.
How to recover bookmarks synced with Google account
When you use Chrome, you have the possibility to login with your Google account: in this way, the sites you register as favorite - together with the rest of the browsing data - can be connected directly to your account and automatically synchronized on all the devices on which you install Chrome by logging in with the same account.
The link of favorites (and other navigation settings) to the Google account is done through the synchronization. Therefore, if this option was previously activated for your account, just log in to Chrome to find your favorites. To carry out this step, simply start the browser in question and click on the button Log in located at the top right.
Then, enter your Google account credentials (see here if you have forgotten them) and press the button twice in a row NEXT, to log in. How do you say? Do you need to use Chrome on another computer and want to know how to enable the synchronization of your favorites so that you can then retrieve them later?
I'll settle you immediately, it is an almost banal operation in its simplicity. Once you are logged into Chrome, as I explained above, click on theicon of yours Profile, top right (if you have never set up a profile picture before, it will have the initial of your account name). At this point, just press the button Turn on synchronization from the menu that opens and, finally, click on the button Yes I accept per confermare l'operazione.
To make sure that your favorites are among the items synchronized by Chrome, press the ⋮ button located at the top right and select the item Settings from the menu that opens. On the next screen, go to Synchronization and Google services> Manage the data to be synchronized and make sure it's ticked Synchronize everything or, if you don't want to synchronize all the data, on the voice Add to Wishlist.
See how easy it is? Your favorites will be automatically synchronized and you will find them on every device you log in with your Google account. For more details on this procedure, I refer you to my tutorial on the subject.
How to recover Google Chrome bookmarks from hard drive
If you have mistakenly removed the favorite di Chrome you still have the option to recover them from your computer's hard drive. However, I must warn you that this is only possible if you have not yet restarted Chrome since the removal took place, that is, if the browser has remained open. If you also use another computer to browse with Chrome and if even following the steps I am going to list below you are not able to recover your favorites, try repeating the same procedure on the other computer you use.
Furthermore, in order for everything to work properly, you must first make sure that the synchronization of Chrome bookmarks with your Google account is active, so I invite you to read the previous chapter for instructions on how to do this step. If you use a computer on which it is installed Windows you will need to proceed using the file explorer tool of the operating system in question. To start this tool, you just need to click on the icon of the folder placed at the bottom, on the taskbar.
Once you have opened File Explorer, click on the tab View (above) and, from here, click on the box next to the entry Hidden elements, at the top right, to put a check on it (if this is not yet present). At a later time, just click on this box again to disable the display of hidden files and folders.
At this point proceed by opening the path Local Disk (C :)> Users> [username]> AppData> Local> Google> Chrome> User Data> Default (if the folder Default should not be present, open the folder Profile 1).
I know, I invented what I used Mac, proceed by opening the Finder (the smiling face icon you find on the Dock). Then press the key combination cmd+shift+[.] (the dot key) to enable viewing of hidden files and folders (you just need to press this key combination again later to disable the option). Once these steps have been completed, proceed with the Finder to open the path Macintosh HD> Users> [username]> Library> Application Support> Google> Chrome> Default (if you can't find the default folder, open the folder Profile 1).
In the path folders that I have indicated you should find two files: the first is called Bookmarks and the second Bookmarks.bak. Proceed by copying these two files to another location of your choice (you will need these files in case something goes “wrong”) and keep the folder from which you copied the files open. Now you can close Google Chrome and, once you have done this last step, go back to the folder from which you copied the above files and delete the file named Bookmarks (do not delete the file for any reason Bookmarks.bak).
At this point, make a copy of the file Bookmarks.bak, in this same folder and rename it Bookmarks (to perform this step click the right key mouse on the file in question and click on the item Rhinomine, then type in a name and press the key Submit). Once this is done, momentarily disconnect your computer from the Internet.
Now, reopen Chrome and proceed by exporting Chrome bookmarks by creating an HTML file. To perform this step, just click on the ⁝ icon, at the top right, click on the item Add to Wishlist and, from here, click on the entry Favorites management placed on the left.
In the window that opens, press the ⁝ icon at the top right and click on the item Export favorites and try to remember the location where you save the HTML file created this way. Now connect to the Internet again and, to complete the procedure, import the favorites saved in the HTML file as I will explain in the second part of the next chapter.
How to export favorites from Google Chrome
Chrome also gives you the option to export your bookmarks to a file HTML. You will need the latter, for example, to "transfer" your favorites from one Google account to another. To do this you must first have activated the synchronization of your Chrome usage data with your Google account (I explained how to do this in this chapter).
Once you have started Chrome and logged in by pressing the button Log in, at the top right, proceed by clicking on the ⁝ icon, at the top right and, in the menu that opens, click on the item Add to Wishlist. From here, move to the left menu to click on the item Favorites management. On the page in front of you, click on the ⁝ icon at the top right and proceed by clicking on the item Export favorites from the menu. Done! You will now have an HTML file with all your favorites: keep it in a safe place if you intend to import them to another Google account.
Do you also want to know how to carry out this last step? No problem, I'll gladly explain it to you. Once you have opened Chrome and logged in with the account on which you want to “transfer” the bookmarks included in the previously downloaded HTML file, click on the ⁝ icon, at the top right. At this point, click on the item Add to Wishlist and, from here, click on the entry Import favorites and settings in the menu that opens on the left.
Then click on the drop down menu present in the opened box and then click on the item Favorite HTML files in the list. Finally, click on the button Choose file and insert the HTML file you downloaded earlier. A no-brainer, right? To find your newly imported favorites, click on the icon », top right of the favorites bar, scroll down the list and click on the item import.
How to recover Google Chrome bookmarks: smartphones and tablets
As you probably already know Chrome it is also available on Android and iOS / iPadOS devices. Also in this case, as I explained to you previously, you can retrieve your browser favorites via the synchronization of your Google account. Read on to find out all about it.
How to recover bookmarks synced with Google account
If you have previously activated the synchronization with your Google account on Chrome, just log in to the browser with the same synchronized account to find yours favorite. To carry out this step, once you have launched the Mountain View home browser application, tap the ⁝ icon, at the top right.
After that, tap on the item Settings and, from here, press on the item Log in to Chrome. Then enter your Google account credentials (look here if you have forgotten them) and press the button twice in succession NEXT to log in. Now you should find the favorites by pressing the ⁝ icon located in the upper right corner and then tapping on the item Add to Wishlist.
If you intend to activate synchronization on your Google account to find your favorites later, log in with your Google account on Chrome as I just showed you and then tap on the ⁝ icon, at the top right. From here, tap on the item Settings and then click on the item Synchronization and Google services. Finally, tap onswitch next to the item Synchronize i tuoi dati di Chrome to activate the option. From the settings you can also choose whether synchronize everything or just some elements, including i Add to Wishlist.
Easy, right? In this way, every time you add a favorite you can find it on all the devices on which you log in with the Google account on which you have activated the synchronization.
How to retrieve favorites from the phone memory
You stai chiedendo how to recover google chrome bookmarks from the phone's internal memory? In this case, you should know that similar to what happens on Windows and macOS, on Android browser bookmarks are saved in a specific one percorso. I must inform you, however, that if you have not unlocked the root permissions on your device you will not be able to access the folder where the files related to the favorites are saved.
If you intend to perform this procedure only to recover your favorites, however, I feel I have to advise against it, given the complexity of the process to obtain root permissions (and also because, in most cases, rooting invalidates the guarantee of your smartphone or tablet and increases the security risks). Also, even if you get the permissions, the chances of getting the favorite files are pretty slim.
That said, if you have previously rooted your device, you can use any file manager or connect your phone or tablet to your computer to explore the path Internal memory> Android> data> com.android.chrome> app_chrome> default / bookmarks inside which you should find the files with the files related to Chrome bookmarks.