How Do I Recover Deleted Bookmarks in Chrome?

By Aaron Parson

Google Chrome's Bookmark Manager can import and export bookmarks as a backup, but if you recently deleted a bookmark -- or worse, an entire folder of bookmarks -- by mistake without a backup, you can temporarily rely on Chrome's automatic backup file. Chrome replaces this backup every time it starts, so this method only works if you have not reopened the browser since you deleted the bookmarks you want recovered.

Step 1

Press "Windows-R" and run "%localappdata%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default" to open the Chrome user data folder on Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 and 8.1.

Step 2

Select "Bookmarks.bak" and press "Ctrl-C" to copy the file. If the file's name becomes highlighted, click off to the side of the file's name and try again -- you need to copy the file itself, not its name. If performed correctly, you won't see any on-screen indication.

Step 3

Press "Ctrl-V" to create a duplicate of Bookmarks.bak titled "Bookmarks - Copy.bak." When you press "Ctrl-V," the window might scroll to the bottom, so scroll back up to make sure the new file exists.

Step 4

Close Chrome if you still have it open and then delete both "Bookmarks" and "Bookmarks.bak" from the folder. Select "Bookmarks - Copy.bak" and press "F2" to rename the file, titling it "Bookmarks" with no extension.

Step 5

Press "Yes" on the warning that shows up when you rename the file. After you have only one "Bookmarks" file left in the folder, reopen Chrome to check if your lost bookmarks have been saved.