Restore Lost Bookmarks due to Chrome Update

Tracy King updated on Jun 27, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


You may happen to lose all of your Chrome bookmarks after updating Windows or Chrome browser to the latest version. Or the Chrome bookmarks may disappear due to mistaken deletion. Don’t bother if you find no trace of your favorites/bookmarks on the new Chrome browser. Here below, you can find your lost Chrome bookmarks without difficulty.

"I installed the free upgrade to Windows 10. Now, I see that I've lost all of my files, and more importantly in my case, the content of my bookmarks in Google Chrome. How can I get back the lost bookmarks?"   

Similar to this scenario, it seems quite common for Chrome users to lose or delete essential bookmarks for various kinds of reasons. And quite many users may feel puzzled when their newly updated Chrome or the Windows OS update removes or deletes their files and bookmarks.

If you happen to lose bookmarks or favorites in Chrome after updating to the new version, here below, you'll find our effective solutions to restore lost bookmarks due to Windows or Chrome update, or mistaken deletion. 

Restore lost Chrome bookmarks from backup
Recover Chrome bookmarks disappeared from PC
Use DNS Cache to find lost Chrome bookmarks
Restore bookmarks in Chrom from Google History 

Fix 1. Restore Lost Chrome Bookmarks from Backup

Chrome usually creates a local file folder to back up all your browsing histories and bookmarks in your PC. So when you lose important bookmarks or delete favorites in Chrome, you may still have a chance to find them on your PC. 

Before starting, remember to close all open Chrome windows, and do not reopen chrome. If Chrome is already closed, leave it closed. Otherwise, it will overwrite the saved backup each time you launch Chrome.
  • Step 1: Open Windows Explorer and plug the following location into its address bar, please replace "NAME" with the name of your Windows user account:
  • C:\Users\NAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  • Step 2: Here, you will see two bookmark files – Bookmarks and Bookmarks.bak. The latter is the most recent backup which was taken when you opened your browser the last time.
  • Step 3: To restore the backup, close all open Chrome browser windows. With Chrome closed, rename the Bookmarks file to Bookmarks.old and rename Bookmarks.bak to Bookmarks.
  • Step 4: You'll see your deleted bookmarks when you relaunch Chrome. Any bookmarks you've created since the last time you launched Chrome will be lost.

If you don't find the .bak file extension but see two files named Bookmarks, try to change the settings to uncheck the "Hide extensions for known file types" option. 

That's what ended up restoring the bookmarks. For good measure, it is also advised to disable the Google Stars bookmarking tool. 

Fix 2. Recover Chrome Bookmarks Disappeared due to Chrome Update from PC 

When Chrome update thoroughly deleted all files including local bookmark on your PC, and you can't find any track in the Chrome browser, then you can try a free recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free. It is a professional tool that can recover deleted, formatted, inaccessible data from your local devices for different data loss situations, including the local bookmarks backup files.

Now, download and try this data recovery software to restore the deleted Chrome histories/favorites from your PC.  

Step 1. Select a location to start finding data

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, please select a location where you lose your data and start to scan, like Desktop, Libraries, hard drive, external storage devices or lost partitions.

select the device

Step 2. Scan your partition

Click the "Scan" button and the software begins to scan your partition to find as much lost data as possible.

the software will scan the drive to find all of your data

Tips for finding wanted data

  • Extra Files: find files that lost names or paths
  • Filter: a quick way to your wanted files
  • Search: e.g. file name/file extension

Step 3. Preview and recover lost files

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard allows you to preview specific recoverable files. After the preview or file filtering, you can target the tracked files and press the "Recover" button to get everything you want back. 

recover wanted data from your devices

When you get lost Chrome bookmarks or histories back, you can copy the bookmarks to the local folder in your PC as a backup and then browse each one of them to set as bookmarks again in new Chrome browser.

Fix 3. Use DNS Cache to Find Lost Chrome Bookmarks After Update

  • Step 1: Press Windows + R, type cmd, and click OK. Or you can also type cmd in the Windows search bar.
  • Step 2: Open Command Prompt, type ipcongif /displaydns, and click Enter.

Restore lost Chrome bookmarks.

All recent websites that you've visited will be listed, and you can browse them and set them as bookmarks in Chrome again.

Fix 4. Restore Bookmarks in Chrom from Google History 

This fixing method only works when you didn't clean up your Google History. If you have cleaned up all browsing histories in Google, things may not work at all by below steps:

Go to "Google History" > Sign in Google account > click "History".

You'll find all your browsing histories, and then you can add them as your Chrome favorites or bookmarks again.

How to Avoid Losing Chrome bookmarks Again

Do remember to back up your Chrome bookmarks or its local files in PC regularly into another hard drive or storage device. Then, you can copy the backups into your PC Chrome backup folder and restore bookmarks with ease when you happen to lose Chrome bookmarks.

  • Step 1: In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu enter image description here.
  • Step 2: Select "Bookmarks" > "Bookmark Manager".
  • Step 3: Click the" Organize" menu button in the center pane of the Bookmark manager.
  • Step 4: Select "Export bookmarks to HTML file...".
  • Step 5: Chrome will export your bookmarks as an HTML file, which you can then import into Chrome or another web browser.

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