Have you switched to Google Chrome from another web browser? Or maybe you’ve switched from using Chrome on one device to another? Either way, you might want to import your old favorites into Chrome. We will show you how.
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What to know about importing bookmarks with Chrome
In the desktop version of Chrome, you can directly import bookmarks from most major web browsers, including Firefox, Edge, Safari, and Internet Explorer. However, the browser must be installed on your device at the time of import for this method to work. If you are using a different browser or the browser is installed on another device, manually export your bookmarks to an HTML file and then import that HTML file into Chrome, as we will explain below.
If you’re using Chrome on iPhone, iPad, or Android, you don’t have the option to import bookmarks. Instead, you can add bookmarks to Chrome on your desktop and then sync those bookmarks with Chrome on your phone or tablet. We will explain this below.
If you already have bookmarks in Chrome, your imported bookmarks will appear in a new folder called “Imported”. If your favorites bar is empty, the imported favorites will appear directly on this bar.
Add bookmarks from other web browsers in Chrome
To directly retrieve bookmarks from other web browsers installed with Chrome, use this method.
Start by launching Chrome on your desktop. In the top right corner of Chrome, click the three dots.
From the three-dot menu, select Bookmarks> Import bookmarks and settings.
You will see an “Import Bookmarks and Settings” window. Here, select the browser you want to import bookmarks from using the drop-down menu. Activate the “Favorites / Bookmarks” option in the list.
Then click on “Import”.
Chrome will import the bookmarks from the web browser you selected. When this is done, a success message will appear on your screen. Click “Done” in this box to close the box.
And your favorite sites are now available in your new web browser. Enjoy!
Another way to import bookmarks into Chrome is to use an HTML file. If you have Bookmarks exported from your web browser to an HTML file, use this method to add this file to Chrome.
First, open Chrome on your desktop. In the top right corner of Chrome, click the three dots.
In the three-dot menu, click Bookmarks> Import Bookmarks and Settings.
In the window “Bookmarks and Settings”, click on the drop-down menu and choose “HTML Bookmarks File”. Then click on “Choose a file”.
In the window that opens, navigate to the folder where you saved your HTML bookmarks file. Double click on the file to import it into Chrome.
Chrome will import the bookmarks available in the selected HTML file. You will see a success message on your screen. To close this message, click on “Done”.
And now you have access to all of your previously bookmarked sites in Chrome.
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Since Chrome on iPhone, iPad, and Android doesn’t allow bookmarks to be imported, add your bookmarks to the desktop version of Chrome or to another mobile device, and then sync them. Make sure you’re using the same Google Account on Chrome in both cases.
In the three-dot menu, tap âSettingsâ.
On the page “Settings”, select “To sychronize”.
To sync all your Google account details, including favorites, activate the “Sync all” option. If you only want to synchronize your favorites, deactivate “Synchronize all” and activate “Favorites”.
Once the sync is complete, you will see all of your Chrome desktop favorites in Chrome on your mobile phone. Enjoy quick access to your favorite sites!
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