Recover Deleted Safari Bookmarks on Mac with/without Time Machine [Catalina Compatible]

Roxanne updated on Dec 11, 2020 to Mac File Recovery | How-to Articles

If you deleted the Safari bookmarks by mistake, you can recover the deleted Safari bookmarks on Mac with Time Machine backup. When you didn't back up Mac with Time Machine, third-party Mac data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac is the best tool to perform a fast and efficient safari bookmark recovery on Mac. The latest macOS like Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra is fully compatible.

How do I recover accidentally deleted Safari bookmarks on Mac?

"I accidentally deleted all of my bookmarks from Safari on my MacBook while trying to delete my history. I didn't notice that I was in the bookmarks folder and I pressed select all and delete. I have been pulling my hair and searching for a solution to recover the deleted Safari bookmarks on Mac online for hours.

Unfortunately, I haven't found any provided solutions online worked. Please help me. I have been saving bookmarks for 2 years, and some of the bookmarks were important college-related sites."

Mostly, when you delete Safari bookmarks on Mac computer, the ways to restore the lost bookmarks are similar to restore deleted files on Mac with Time Machine or third-party Mac data recovery software. If you need quick access the lost bookmarks or didn't have Time Machine backup, follow Part 1 and apply professional Mac data recovery software for a quick and effective recovery of Mac Safari bookmarks. If you have Time Machine backups, you can follow Part 2 for a guide. 

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Recover without Time Machine Download software > select the disk location to scan > preview files and recover...Full steps
Fix 2. Restore from Time Machine Press Command-N to open a new Finder window > hold down the Option key and choose to Go > Library > open Safari folder...Full steps

Part 1. Recover deleted Safari bookmarks without Time Machine

If you do not have a time machine backup, you should use a third-party Mac data recovery software to get back your Safari bookmarks soon. Here you can try EaseUS Mac data recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard for Mac. Being professional and powerful, it can help you fully scan and restore Safari bookmarks lost due to deletion, a browser crash, a hard drive restoration, and some other reasons.

As Safari is a pre-installed browser, it's very easy to locate and find the location of Safari bookmarks. Mostly, Safari bookmarks is saved as Bookmarks.plist  at Home/Directory/Library/Safari.

So it's obvious that this software is installed on the system disk, and you need to select the Mac system disk to scan and find lost Safari bookmarks by using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.

Step 1. Select the disk location (it can be an internal HDD/SSD or a removable storage device) where you lost data and files. Click the "Scan" button.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display the scanning results on the left pane.

start scan on the Mac

Step 3. In the scan results, select the file(s) and click the "Recover Now" button to have them back.

click recover now button to recover lost data on your Mac

After the recovery, you can copy the found SafariBookmarks.plist file back to its original location on your Mac and save the changes. Or you can import the restored Safari bookmarks back by launching Safari and go to File > Import Bookmarks...

Restore and import lost Safari bookmarks back to Safari.

Part 2. Restore deleted safari bookmarks from Time Machine

When you accidentally deleted or lost your safari bookmarks on Mac, you can try to retrieve them back from Time Machine. Being free and efficient, it should be your first choice. Now let's see how to perform Safari bookmark recovery via Time Machine. 

Step 1. Press Command-N to open a new Finder window.
Step 2. In the Finder, hold down the Option key and choose to Go > Library
Step 3. In the Library, open the Safari folder. Inside you'll see a Bookmarks.plist file that has all Safari bookmarks.
Step 4. Click and open your Time machine and select "Enter Time Machine."
Step 5. Time Machine will then run in your Safari window. Navigate back to the time when you accidentally deleted the bookmarks. 
Step 6. Tap Restore after you have reached the exact day and time.

Restore lost bookmarks from Time Machine.

You will be given an option to either keeping original (which replaces the current file) or having both. According to your choice, hit on the desired option. Preferably, you'll want to keep both so you get the deleted bookmarks as well as keep the new ones.


Safari bookmarks is a recoverable file format that you can restore it with or without Time Machine. Sometimes, Time Machine may not work due to corruption or other issues. 

In this case, EaseUS Mac data recovery software is the best choice. If you have other problems on Mac, you can go to Mac File Recovery source page to find solutions. 

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1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

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2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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