In this post, we will show you how to create a backup of Chrome bookmarks, history, passwords, and data on Windows 11/10.
Does Chrome save password history?
Yes, Chrome saves your passwords by default. However, if your settings are changed, you can manually enable or disable the password-saving feature in Chrome. To do that, click on the three-dot menu button from the top-right corner and go to the Settings option. Next, move to the Autofill tab and click on the Password Manager option. After that, turn on or turn off the toggle associated with the Offer to save passwords option. This way, you can enable/disable password history in Chrome.
How to backup Chrome Bookmarks, History, Passwords, Data, etc.
There are three different methods to back up your bookmarks, history, password, and other data in Google Chrome on Windows. Here are those methods:
- Use the Turn on sync option.
- Export your bookmarks and passwords to HTML or CSV file.
- Copy the files that store the bookmarks and passwords of Chrome.
1] Use the Turn on sync option
The first method that you can use to back up Chrome bookmarks, history, passwords, etc., is the Sync feature. Google Chrome provides a Sync function that automatically saves your bookmarks, history, passwords, and more data to your Google account. You just have to turn on this feature to back up Chrome data. Let us check out how.
First, open the Chrome browser and click on the Profile icon present at the top-right corner of the window.
Now, select the Turn on sync option. It will then ask you to sign in with your Google account. Simply enter your login credentials or create a new account and sign in with it.
Next, click on the Settings button and then press the Manage what you sync button.
After that, you can either choose Sync everything or click on the Customize sync option and then select the data you want to sync. It lets you sync data including Apps, Bookmarks, Extensions, Settings, Theme, Passwords, and more. Just switch off or on the toggle associated with any of these data and Chrome will backup the respective data.
When done, go back to the previous Settings page and press the Confirm button to save changes. Chrome will start synchronizing and backing up your data.
2] Export your bookmarks and passwords to HTML or CSV file
You can also export your Chrome bookmarks, passwords, history, and other data to manually create a backup. This method is desirable when you don’t wish to use a Google account or want to make an offline backup of your bookmarks, passwords, etc. Here are some TheWindowsClub guides that will help you export Chrome data on Windows PC:
- Export Chrome Bookmarks to an HTML file.
- Export passwords in Chrome browser.
- Export History in Chrome.
Using the above guides, you can easily create a backup of Chrome data by exporting bookmarks, history, passwords, etc., to a local file.
3] Copy the files that store the bookmarks and passwords of Chrome
Another method to back up your bookmarks and passwords in Chrome is to manually copy the files that are saving the Chrome bookmarks and passwords on your computer. To do that, you need to follow some simple steps which are as follows:
First, evoke the Run dialog box using Win+R and then enter the below location in its Open field:
After that, in the opened location, locate and open the Default folder. In case you use several profiles in Chrome, the profiles will be listed as Profile 1, Profile 2, etc. So, you can choose the profile you want.
Next, scroll down and you will see a file named Bookmarks.
Just select the file and press the Ctrl+C hotkey to copy the file. Then, paste the file to some other location on your computer using the Ctrl+V shortcut key.
When done, move back to the Default folder and select & copy the files named Login Data, Login Data for Account, Login Data for Account-journal, and Login Data-journal. You can then paste these files to another folder to create a backup of your passwords.
How do I Export Chrome history?
To export history in Google Chrome, click on the three-dot menu button and press the History > History option, or just press the Ctrl+H shortcut key to open the History page. After that, right-click on the right side of the page and select the Save as option. Next, enter the filename and press the Save button to export your Chrome history to an HTML file.
I hope this helps!