3 Ways to Fix Google Chrome Bookmarks Disappeared (Full Guide)

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.

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Quick Navigation - How to Recover Lost Bookmarks in Chrome

You are going to learn at least three ways to fix the Chrome bookmarks disappeared error. And you can restore lost bookmarks in Chrome. Check the fixes here to restore your lost Chrome bookmarks immediately:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
1. Recover Bookmarks from PC Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition where you lost data, then click "Scan"...Full steps
2. Restore Bookmarks from Backup Open Windows Explorer and plug the following location into its address bar, please replace "NAME"...Full steps
3. Restore Bookmarks from History Open Google Chrome > Then click the three-dot button > In the pop-up window...Full steps

My Bookmarks Just Disappeared. How Do I Recover Them?

"My bookmarks just disappeared within the last hour. I did not delete them and they are all gone. I never sign into google, I just use the browser and now every bookmark (100s of them) is gone. I did look in AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default and I have a "bookmarks" file. How do I recover them?"

chrome bookmark disappeared from google account

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, Windows OS update, or an accident removes or deletes their files and bookmarks. If you happen to lose bookmarks or favorites in Chrome, here below, you'll find effective solutions to restore lost bookmarks.

Fix 1. Recover Disappeared Chrome Bookmarks from PC

When Chrome update thoroughly deleted all files including the local bookmark on your PC, and you can't find any track in the Chrome browser, then you can try a reliable hard drive data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. 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.

EaseUS Chrome Bookmark Recovery Tool

  • Recover lost or deleted bookmarks, files, documents, photos, audio, music, emails with simple clicks.
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Download and try this data recovery software to restore the deleted Chrome histories/favorites from your PC.

Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your computer. Choose the drive where you lost files and click "Scan". If your lost files were on an external storage device, connect it to your computer firstly.

select a location to scan

Step 2. The software will quickly scan the deleted files immediately, and then automatically perform a deep scan to find more lost files. After the scan is completed, you can use "Filter" to quickly filter specific file types.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Click the "Preview" button or double-click on a file for a full preview. Finally, select the desired files, click "Recover" and choose another safe location to save all the files at once.

Recover lost data

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 them as bookmarks again in the new Chrome browser.

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Fix 2. Restore Lost Chrome Bookmarks from Backup (Recommended)

Chrome usually creates a local file folder to back up all your browsing histories and bookmarks on 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.

Tip
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.

recover google bookmark from backup

Step 3. Restore Chrome bookmark with these steps:

  • Close all open Chrome browsers.
  • Rename the Bookmarks file to Bookmarks.old.
  • Rename your Bookmarks.bak file to just Bookmarks (removing the .bak extension).

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 check the "File name extensions" option.

show file extentions

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

Fix 3. 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:

Step 1. Open Google Chrome.

Step 2. Then click the three-dot button.

Step 3. In the pop-up window, choose "History".

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Step 4. Next, all your browsing histories will be listed here.

how to recover bookmarks in Chrome - 2

Step 5. Then, save them as bookmarks again.

How to Fix Chrome Bookmarks Disappeared on Android

Bookmarks record our browsing habits and save frequently-visited sites. It really makes a great nuisance when the Chrome bookmarks bar is lost, bringing about the inconvenience. If Google bookmarks disappeared on your Android phone, follow the steps to re-login your Google account. Then, you can restore your bookmarks.

Step 1. On Google Chrome, tap the three dots and then click "Settings".

Step 2. Tap on your account.

Step 3. Tap "Sign out of Chrome" and again "Sign Out".

Step 4. Re-sign into your Google account.

Google bookmark disappeared from Android

From then on, make sure that your bookmarks are syncing.

Step 1. Go to the three dots and "Settings".

Step 2. Tap on your account.

Step3. Click the "Sync" option.

Step 4. Make sure "Sync Everything" is on, or the "Bookmarks" option is toggled on.

Google bookmark disappeared from Android - make it sync

Bonus Tip: Avoid Losing Chrome Bookmarks Again

Do remember to back up your Chrome bookmarks or its local files on 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, click the three dots.  

Step 2. Select "Bookmarks" > "Bookmark Manager".

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Step 3. Click the" Organize" menu button in the center pane of the Bookmark manager.

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Step 4. Select "Export bookmarks to HTML file...".

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Step 5. Chrome will export your bookmarks as an HTML file, which you can then import into Chrome or another web browser.

Conclusion

You have learned three ways to recover lost/deleted Google bookmarks. The first method is my recommendation. Most users succeed with this method. If you don't have a backup, you can run EaseUS data recovery software or Google History to have a try.

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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