Google Chrome is a speedy web browser with a number of different extensions available to customize and improve your surfing experience. With about 60 percent of the market share, Chrome reigns as the most popular browser available today.
Having to adjust your settings and re-configure browser extensions when moving from one computer to another could serious jeopardize the user experience. Thankfully, with Chrome that’s a 2010 problem: the browser has a built-in feature to will sync your settings, saved passwords, browser history and bookmarks across multiple devices.
For added safety, you can also create an HTML copy of your bookmarks with Chrome and secure it in your cloud storage or online backup account. Check out Cloudward.net’s best cloud storage and best online backup primers for some recommendations.
During this guide, we’ll take a look at the basic process of backing up Google Chrome. The goal is to create a seamless browsing experience across multiple devices.
Syncing Google Chrome Across Devices
Google Chrome is available for both desktops and mobile devices. Supported operating systems are Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android and iOS.
Once installed on your device, the Google Chrome browser lets you sign in using your Gmail account to access and alter your browser settings. If the login screen doesn’t appear automatically when you open Chrome, you can click on the three-dots menu located near the top right-hand corner of the screen to select “settings.”
Once you’ve signed in on a device, you can manage exactly what type of information syncs between devices. Under settings, click the arrow next to “sync” to find “advanced sync settings.”
Backing Up Bookmarks
While the automatic backup in Chrome provides good redundancy, it doesn’t protect you from data you accidentally delete. Creating a separate backup of your bookmarks and storing them in the cloud is a smart move for those who place a lot of value in their bookmark collection.
You can do this by taking advantage of Chrome’s ability to create an HTML file of your bookmarks. This file can be opened by any browser and you can then use the links in it to jump to the webpages they point to. It’s a useful way to share your organized bookmarks with friends, too.
To save your bookmarks and folders to an HTML file, start by clicking on the three-dots menu. Select “bookmarks” and then “bookmark manager.” You can also get there directly with a “ctrl + shift + o” keyboard shortcut.
In the bookmark manager, you can view and organize your bookmarks into folders. At the top of the screen, there’s an option to “organize.” This button is also what you’ll click to create an HTML file: click the down arrow and choose “export bookmarks to HTML file.”
This will bring up the save dialog from your computer and you can navigate to your cloud storage drive to save your bookmark HTML file. Alternatively, if you save it locally, an online backup services like Backblaze (read our Backblaze review) can be used, too.
Importing Bookmarks from Other Browsers
Getting your bookmarks from your HTML file into a new browser is easy. Simply choose “import bookmarks from HTML file…’ in the process discussed above and then choose the HTML file you’ve previously saved. This will populate your bookmarks with all the folders and saved links from the file.
There is also an option, under Chrome’s settings, to import bookmarks and settings from other browsers. You choose the browser on your device where your desired settings are stored and Chrome imports them browser to browser.
Information in the Cloud
When you sync your Chrome account, you’re syncing the information to Google’s cloud storage as part of your account settings. You can access all the information associated with your Google account, including your Chrome settings, by going to your account dashboard. Here, you’ll be able to change your settings regarding which devices sync and what information they share.
Find Chrome on the tabs displayed on your dashboard and click on the down arrow. You’ll see a quick summary including when you last synced your browser, how many bookmarks you have saved and more. Clicking on the links takes you to a detailed breakdown of the information Chrome is syncing for your account.
While everyone has a favorite browser, Chrome’s ability to sync settings between multiple devices and the cloud is hard to beat. It lets you to replicate your browsing experience quickly on any device for a seamless user experience. Being able to easily import bookmarks and login information from other browsers into Chrome doesn’t hurt, either.
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You’ll need to sign into your Google account to ensure your browser is backing up, but overall the process is pretty simple. If you do have a lot of bookmarks and want to make sure you never lose that list, creating an HTML file and periodically backing that up to a cloud storage or online backup account might be a good move.
That’s all on backing up Google Chrome for now. Thanks for reading and leave you comments below!