How to Restore Accidentally Deleted Bookmarks on Chrome


Deleting things help us make room for new stuff. Nonetheless, deletion can become painful sometimes. As an internet user, you know what a bookmark is. Chances are you have tons of bookmarks on your Chrome browser as well. Stay updated with the latest posts of Brighter Guide!

Restore Accidentally Deleted Bookmarks on Chrome

What if they get deleted? Yeah, one day you see all of them gone. Or you accidentally deleted every single one of your bookmarks. How can you cope up with it? Moreover, how can you restore them? In this article, you are going to learn how to regain the bookmarks on the Chrome browser if deleted. You can follow the steps given below to do that.

Note: You will find two methods for doing this while the first method will work for most of you, The second one can be applied by only those people who use chrome on multiple devices.

Restoring Deleted Bookmarks on Chrome

Step 1: Maybe, your fingers have slipped that you deleted the entire bookmarks folder. And, now you want to restore them. Keep the Chrome browser in the state you have now. Don’t do anything.

Step 2: Now, you have to trigger the Run dialogue box. For that, you can press Win key+ R. It will suddenly show a dialogue box on the right-bottom part of the screen.

Step 3: At this step, copy the following path into the field given there and press Enter. Make sure you don’t alter the path in any way.

%localappdata%GoogleChromeUser DataDefault

Restore Lost Bookmark

Step 4: What you get is a file browser window with a special folder opened. It is the folder for the Chrome browser, where all information about it is stored. You can see many folders there. Scroll down a bit to the bottom to see two files; Bookmarks and Bookmarks.bak.

Recover Bookmark

Step 5: The first one without extension is the live file with all your current bookmarks are placed. The second one with .bak extension contains the backup of the bookmark folder taken when you last closed the browser. What we are going to do is to take a copy of the .bak file.

For that, press and hold the right button on the file and drag to another portion. From the context menu that pops up, you can select Copy here. It will create a copy of the same file on the same location.

Bookmark backup copy

Step 6: Now that we have taken care of the backup, we need to make it the primary live bookmark file. So, you need to delete the other two files. Click on it and then select the next one by holding the Ctrl key on the keyboard.

Step 7: Once you delete the two files, you have to rename the copied file. You can rename it to Bookmarks without any extension. Putting back extension again will make it a backup file. So, you must not do that.

Rename Backup

Step 8: The final step is verifying the bookmarks. Make sure you followed all the steps given above. When you finish Step 7, you can move on to opening the Chrome browser. Open it up and check the bookmarks bar. Don’t forget to open all the folders there if you have any.

What should you do if it doesn’t work out for you? Well, you can try scanning the C drive (or the drive, you installed the browser into) for lost bookmarks. However, if you are not that familiar with computers or don’t want to scan the entire C Drive then you can do the following.

Method for Recovering Chrome Bookmarks (if you use multiple computers)

If you use Chrome on multiple computers and have logged into all of those using the same google account then your bookmarks will get synced among all computers. Now if you have deleted all the bookmarks from one computer what you can do is start another computer and disconnect the internet on it. Next, open chrome on it, and go to bookmarks from settings. Now when you are at the bookmarks page you can export all your bookmarks to make a local backup of it.

Once you have taken a local backup of all your bookmarks you can connect your computer to the internet, you will immediately see that your bookmarks are gone. Don’t worry open bookmarks manager from settings and bookmarks from the local file which you just exported. Now you will have all your chrome bookmarks recovered.

Wrapping Up

I hope you know how to recover lost bookmarks on Chrome browser now. If you have any doubts, you can comment down below. I will reach out to you at the earliest with a possible solution. In case you know any other convenient method, don’t hesitate to share it with us below.

1 thought on “How to Restore Accidentally Deleted Bookmarks on Chrome”

  1. The only way to restore something like this is to use a separate browser to keep the bookmarks in sync so that I can still backup them to another service.


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