How to Backup & Restore all Settings of Chrome? (Bookmarks, Passwords, etc)

It happens occasionally that something suddenly happens and your Google Chrome setting will not stay protected. If you follow methods to backup and recover the settings of your Google Chrome browser then your information will be safe. The methods are such that they are easy to implement and after following them, you can easily restore all settings of Google Chrome on a smartphone, tablet, new computer, etc. simply by signing into the Google account to which the settings are backed up by you. If you have not taken backup of all settings of Chrome then you will lose all the user data, like bookmarks, saved passwords, auto fills, extensions, cookies, and customization, etc. Let’s have a look at different methods to backup and restore all the settings of Chrome.

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Enable the Sync Backup Feature in Chrome

Users of Google Chrome may not know about Chrome Sync which permits them to sign in using their Google account. Using it, you can sync all the bookmarks, auto fill, saved passwords, settings, history, extensions, and many customizations on the Chrome browser on multiple devices. You can use this feature on smartphones, tablets, computers, laptops, etc.

For instance, suppose you have already installed Google Chrome on PC and Mac computers. After that when you sign in with a Google account and then enable Sync feature, you will observe that both of them will have the same saved passwords, bookmarks, settings, history, etc.

Follow the below steps:

  1. In order to enable Chrome Sync feature, you need to click on the “Menu” icon shown on the top left part of the screen.
  2. Now select “Settings”.
  3. After that, you are required to sign in t your Google account from the “Sign in” section.
  4. When you log in, you can choose which content to sync and you can do that by clicking on the option –“Advanced sync settings”.

You need to do the same for the Google Chrome browser running on some other computers as well in order to sync every user data on multiple devices. In order to ensure security, avoid choosing Chrome Sync feature on the laptop or computer which you do not rely on. This is due to the fact that your data gets saved and easily accessible on these systems. In case, if you wish to discard all user data of your Chrome browser directly from a specific computer then you only need to disconnect the Google account from the Chrome Sync.

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Backup Saved Password in Chrome using NirSoft

It happens that Chrome users only wish to backup or export their stored passwords. For them, there is one free tool from NirSoft, named ChromePass.

The tool is recommended one and available freely. You can export all the saved passwords on your Chrome browser to HTML or an XML file. The tool also permits you to read the stored passwords directly from some external resource, like an external hard drive.

  1. First of all, you need to download and install the ChromePass tool.
  2. Once the installation is done, launch it and then click on the “Refresh” button in order to avail the updated list.
  3. Now, you are allowed to choose some saved passwords for the purpose of export or you can choose to backup them all. The tool facilitates you to export the stored passwords to different files like XML, HTML, TXT, and KeePass .csv file.

Backup Chrome Bookmarks from Bookmark Manager

You can backup and restore chrome bookmarks using import and export inbuilt feature of chrome.

Follow below steps to backup and restore chrome bookmarks.

  1. Navigate to customize and control google chrome button.
  2. Now go to Bookmark.
  3. Select the option -Bookmark manager.
  4. Now you need to click Organize at top.
  5. After that just click on “Export bookmarks to HTML file”
  6. You are allowed to save this file to any location into your computer USB drives. Moreover, you also get the flexibility to change the file name.
  7. Now open the new chrome browser into which you wish to import the bookmarks.
  8. Navigate to Bookmark manager and click on Organize.
  9. Now click on “Import bookmarks to HTML file”.
  10. In case you have already saved file in USB then insert it. Now choose HTML file in USB and then click on Open.

Use Handy Backup Tool

Google Chrome backup tool functions to keep user-related settings as well as data such as passwords, favorites, history protected from different threats like virus attacks or system crash. The tool named Handy Backup functions as Google Chrome backup software, from which you can back up its settings folder. To use it, you only need to save a subfolder situated inside the current user data folder which includes every Google Chrome data.

If you use Windows, use this path to find this folder:

C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data

If you use Linux, use this path:

~/.config/google-chrome/Default

All above methods will help you to restore and backup all settings of chrome ranging from bookmarks, auto fill, saved passwords and history. You can apply these methods on multiple devices such as Windows, MAC PC, Android and iPhone which supports chrome browser.

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