How to Recover Missing Bookmarks in Chrome After a Chrome Update
Marjorie, one of our Cloudeight subscribers, alerted us to this problem that has plagued many Chrome user. It seems that when Chrome updates it sometimes removes all the user’s bookmarks. We checked on this phenomenon and found that’s it more common than we thought.
Luckily, Chrome automatically creates a backup of your bookmarks every time you open Chrome; they’re saved in a file called bookmarks.bak. We were able to help Marjorie recover her bookmarks.
If a Chrome update wipes our your bookmarks, you can get them back. Here’s how:
First, make sure you are able to view hidden files and folders in Windows. See our tutorial here if you’re not sure how to do this.
Once you’re able to view hidden files and folders here’s what you need to do:
1. Make sure that Google Chrome is closed.
2. Open File Explorer (Windows Key + E) and navigate to:
(note: for NAME you will need to substitute your Windows User Name)
3. In that folder you’ll see two files: Bookmarks and Bookmarks.bak. The latter one is the most recent backup that Chrome created the very last time you opened the browser.
4. Rename the Bookmarks file to Bookmarks.old and then rename Bookmarks.bak to Bookmarks.
5. Close File Explorer.
6. Open Chrome
Now all your bookmarks should be back in Chrome.