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One of the reasons that Chrome is my preferred browser is because it syncs my bookmarks across devices. In other words, as long as I’m logged into my Google account in Chrome, I have access to my bookmarks on my Mac, my iPhone and iPad, my personal Windows laptop and my work Windows laptop.

There is however a downside to this. A few weeks ago I deleted all my bookmarks. I can’t remember how exactly but it was done via my work laptop.

When I got home and opened Chrome on the Mac all the bookmarks had gone. They had also disappeared on the iPhone and I didn’t dare check my Windows laptop. Panic set in and so ensued some serious Googling to find out how to get them back.

Luckily there is an easy way to restore Chrome bookmarks on the Mac (there probably is on Windows too and if I’d found a way and done it then when I got home my bookmarks on the Mac would have been as-you-were)

Before you start, make sure that Chrome is not running on any device where you are signed in – so in my case that meant my iPhone, iPad, Windows laptop and Mac (my work laptop was switched off)

Open up Finder. Then, holding down the Option key on the keyboard, click Go on the Finder menu and select Library.

Navigate to Application Support > Google > Chrome > Default. In the Default folder, you will see two files – Bookmarks & Bookmarks.bak

Move the Bookmarks file to another location, for example your Desktop. You can delete this file when your bookmarks are safely restored.

Rename the Bookmarks.bak file to “Bookmarks” by deleting the extension and the dot between bookmarks and bak

Restart Chrome

That’s it. If you are syncing bookmarks across devices, as you open Chrome on each device, the bookmarks will be updated on that device.

Note: the process is the same on Windows except the location of the bookmarks file is C:\Users\[your user account]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default