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

Google Chrome Bookmarks Disappeared All of a Sudden

"I opened Chrome from my PC yesterday and all of my bookmarks have disappeared. They have also disappeared from Chrome on my Android. The only ones that haven't are the ones assigned to my bookmark bar. For some reason, they mysteriously remain. I hope I can restore the bookmarks..."

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. 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 browser.
  • 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 2. Recover Disappeared Chrome Bookmarks 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 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 Data Recovery Wizard

  • Recover lost or deleted files, documents, photos, audio, music, emails with simple clicks.
  • Recover files from SD card, emptied recycle bin, memory card, flash drive, digital camera, and camcorders.
  • Support data recovery for sudden deletion, formatting, hard drive corruption, virus attack, system crash under different situations.

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

Step 1. Select a location and start scanning

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition where you lost data, then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Preview and select the files

Wait until the scanning completes. The Filter helps you find the files you want more quickly. If you need to preview the file, double-click the item you attempt to recover.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data

Click "Recover", choose a location to save the recovered data, then click "OK". You should store the data in another place instead of the original one.

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.

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 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 window, click the Chrome menu enter the image description here.

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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