Chrome is one of the most popular browsers in the world. It’s fast, efficient, and has a ton of features that make it a great choice for browsing the web. However, like all software, Chrome can occasionally have problems and that’s why you need to have a backup.
It’s critical to back up your data, and while you should use one of the top online backup services to guarantee that your information is secure, you don’t need one to safeguard your Chrome browsing history.
In this blog post, we will show you how to backup Google Chrome so that you can restore it if something goes wrong.
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What are the Advantages of Backing Up Chrome?
Backing up Chrome has a few advantages.
- For one, it allows you to restore your settings if you switch computers or have to reinstall the browser.
- It also lets you access your bookmarks and browsing history from any computer, as long as you’re signed in to your Google account.
- If you ever have problems with Chrome, you can use your backup to restore the browser to a previous state.
- Backup can be helpful if Chrome is crashing or running slowly.
- Having a backup of your data also allows you to access it on other devices using the same Google account, making it a convenient solution for those who use multiple devices.
How to Backup Google Chrome using Browser?
The best and the most straightforward way to backup Google Chrome is using Chrome’s in-built sync feature. It allows you to sync all your Chrome settings, bookmarks, history, and others across all synced devices.
Here is how to do that:
- Launch Chrome browser.
- Next, click the three dots in the browser’s top-right corner and then choose Settings from the menu that appears.
- You should see a big, blue button that says Turn on sync, click on it. After you click it, you’ll be taken to the Google login web page.
- If you already have a Google account, you may use it to log in. If not, click Create account, which will create a new one for you.
- After you’ve logged in to your Chrome account, go back to the settings menu and select Turn on sync. You’ll have to confirm that you want to do it; click Yes, I’m in.
- After that, click Manage what you sync to view what information will be transferred. You have the option of syncing everything or picking and choosing from the list shown in the image below. Once you’ve made your decision, all of it is immediately available on all of your devices, provided you use the same Google account.
How to Backup Google Chrome Manually?
If you don’t want Google to have complete access to your data, you may manually backup the Chrome browser as well.
Find Chrome Folder Location
The first step to backup Google Chrome manually is to locate the Chrome folder on your computer. The folders may be found in the following locations, depending on your operating system:
- On computers running Windows 7 and above: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
- Computers running Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
- macOS X devices: Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default
- Linux machines: Linux: /home/<username>/.config/google-chrome/default
Remember that you’ll need to replace the <username> parts of the paths with your own username.
Manually Backup Chrome Profile Folder
Here are the steps to backup Google Chrome manually:
- To begin, you’ll need to find your Chrome profile folder that is stored locally on your device.
- Now, you have to show hidden files. For that, open any folder, click on the View tab in the top menu, hover your mouse to the Show option, and choose the box labeled Hidden Items.
- After enabling to show hidden items, navigate to the Chrome folder location.
- If you’re only using one user profile, it’ll be in the Default folder. Simply copy this folder to your backup location — whether on an external device or in the cloud — and you’ll have everything you need to restore Chrome back into current or into another device.
- It’s a little more complex if you have multiple profiles. Every profile after your first is placed in a folder named ProfileX, where “X” represents a number that rises with each additional profile. As a result, the second profile folder will be called Profile1, the third will be Profile2, and so on.
- If you’re backing up one of these profiles rather than the default, you’ll still need the original to back up your extensions and add-ons. Extensions are shared across profiles and only kept in the default folder, which is why we recommend keeping both a backup of the default profile and any additional ones.
How to Restore Google Chrome User Data?
When it’s time to recover your Google Chrome user profile, you’ll need to follow the procedure depending on how you backed up your data. If you used your Google account to back up your data, all you have to do is log in on your new device with the same account and Chrome will download everything for you.
- First, open Chrome and click on the three dots in the top-right corner. Then, click on Settings.
- On the Settings page, you’ll see a blue button at the top of the page named Turn on sync.
- Google Chrome will now ask you to log in with your Google account if you have not done that already. Log in with the account on which you have enabled syncing.
- As soon as you log in with the account with sync enabled, all your settings will be imported.
If you manually backed up your profile, go to the same Chrome folder on another device where you want to restore Chrome. Rename the Default folder to something different, such as defaultOLD, or just delete it, if it is not essential, and then put your backed-up folder in the same location. You will be automatically signed into your recovered profile the next time you open Chrome.
How to Backup Chrome Bookmarks?
The most straightforward way to backup Chrome bookmarks is through the browser itself in the form of HTML.
Here are the steps for that:
- Open the Bookmarks Manager by typing “chrome://bookmarks/” into the address bar. This will open a page that displays all of your bookmarks.
- At the top of the page, click the “Organize” drop-down menu and select “Export bookmarks.” This will open a file dialog box.
- Choose a location to save your bookmarks file, give it a name, and then click “Save.” Your bookmarks will now be exported as an HTML file.
- You can then import this file into another browser or share it with someone else.
How to backup Chrome Passwords?
If you want to take a backup of the passwords stored in Chrome Password Manager, here are the steps for that:
Here are the steps to export Chrome passwords:
- Launch Google Chrome browser and navigate to the Settings.
- From the left pane, switch to the Autofill tab and select Passwords from the right.
- Next, click on the three dots next to Saved Passwords, and select Export passwords.
- On the warning pop-up, again click on the Export passwords button.
- Next, enter your computer password or use your fingerprint for unlocking.
- Name your Chrome password file and save it at a secure location on your disk.
Now you can access Chrome’s saved credentials using the CSV file that you have exported.
Backing up and restoring Google Chrome is a relatively simple process that can be easily done by following the steps provided. By creating backups, you’ll have everything you need to restore your browser should something happen or if you want to switch devices.
After successfully backing up your Google Chrome data, in the event that you need to restore your Chrome browser, simply follow the steps outlined above.
That’s it! You now know how to backup and restore your Google Chrome data. Do you have any tips or tricks on backing up data? Let us know in the comments below!
To backup your Google Chrome data, you can either use your Google account or manually back up your profile folder.
If you’ve backed up your data using your Google account, simply log in on your new device with the same account and Chrome will download everything for you. If you manually backed up your profile folder, follow the steps outlined above.
Your Chrome profile is stored locally on your device and can be found in the Chrome profile folder located in the system drive.