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need to reinstall chrome, but want to back up passwords and bookmarks before uninstalling.

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need to reinstall chrome, but want to back up passwords and bookmarks before uninstalling. giroux.dan 8/19/09 5:08 AM
i have a few issues with chrome that has led me to think i need to uninstall chrome and try a fresh install. but i have a large amount of bookmarks and saved passwords that i would hate to redo, is there a way to backup both of these and than when i reinstall chrome to import them back?2009-08-19

okay i figured out the bookmark export/import steps. but im still at a loss for exporting passwords.
2009-08-19

@dwight.stegall, thanks for the help, i do have most of the passwords saved in another program i was just hoping to be able to import them back in but all the benefits of chrome out weight the little things.

Cheers

Re: need to reinstall chrome, but want to back up passwords and bookmarks before uninstalling. StevePaul 8/19/09 4:29 PM
A simple copy of the following files in your Chrome default folder will suffice ....

Bookmarks and Bookmarks.bak (keeps them in sync) for your Bookmarks and Web Data for your Passwords and stuff ...

When you reinstall Chrome simply copy these files into your new installation ....

The reason I prefer this method for Bookmarks is that exporting them and then importing them only puts them in the Other Bookmarks folder so you have to 'drag' them onto your Bookmark bar afterwards, whereas this method will put the Bookmarks Bar as you had it ...


Re: need to reinstall chrome, but want to back up passwords and bookmarks before uninstalling. QQFarmer 9/25/09 9:06 AM
Bookmark manager for 3.0.195.21 does a perfect job of backing up and restoring bookmarks. You don't have to recreate bookmarks for the bookmark bar.  But the icons are gone and it doesn't back up passwords. 
Re: need to reinstall chrome, but want to back up passwords and bookmarks before uninstalling. tomer9 10/24/09 7:47 AM
this tool can backup "Google Chrome" passwords:
http://techie-buzz.com/utilites/how-to-view-stored-username-passwords-in-google-chrome.html
Re: need to reinstall chrome, but want to back up passwords and bookmarks before uninstalling. QQFarmer 10/24/09 9:23 AM
Now I use GoodSync to back up the whole User Data folder to one of my USB drives. I run the program every couple of days. It only takes about 60 seconds. 
Re: need to reinstall chrome, but want to back up passwords and bookmarks before uninstalling. StevePaul 10/24/09 9:41 AM
Would probably be a good idea to post a link ...

That way we can all enjoy the experience ;-)
Re: need to reinstall chrome, but want to back up passwords and bookmarks before uninstalling. QQFarmer 10/24/09 11:36 AM
OK. Here you go: http://www.goodsync.com/download.html.
Re: need to reinstall chrome, but want to back up passwords and bookmarks before uninstalling. QQFarmer 10/24/09 11:42 AM
A reminder: Before you sync the Chrome User Data folder or Default folder, be sure to clear your browsing data first(Ctrl+Shift+Del, just to throw out the unnecessary stuff). Don't forget to keep your sweet cookies....(⊙_⊙)
Re: need to reinstall chrome, but want to back up passwords and bookmarks before uninstalling. StevePaul 10/24/09 12:48 PM
@QQF

Looks quite good ...

I'll have a proper play tomorrow ;-)
Re: need to reinstall chrome, but want to back up passwords and bookmarks before uninstalling. dwight.stegall 11/28/09 3:47 PM
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=0a3b4dc9319171c6&hl=en&fid=0a3b4dc9319171c600047976feb2bc8f
Re: need to reinstall chrome, but want to back up passwords and bookmarks before uninstalling. skabraham 8/13/10 12:36 PM
To save (or export) BOOKMARKS and PASSWORDS:

1) Go to the Start menu > Run.
2) Enter one of the following directories in the text field, then press OK.
>>Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data
>>Windows Vista: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data
3) Locate and open the folder called "Default" in the directory window that opens.
4) TO COPY BOOKMARKS: Copy the file named "Bookmarks", and save it for backup.
5) TO COPY PASSWORDS: Copy the file named "Login Data", and save it for backup.
6) Once you have formatted the drive or created a new profile, follow steps 1-3 and simply paste the files saved in steps 4 & 5.
7) All your bookmark data and password data are back!

To create a new browser user profile if your Chrome keeps crashing follow instructions in this link: http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?answer=142059

There is no need to use any decryption or export tools - they are a waste of time and may possibly even "export" your valuable data elsewhere!
Re: need to reinstall chrome, but want to back up passwords and bookmarks before uninstalling. DolphinJRNH 8/19/10 6:08 AM
skabraham,  that looks like the best option to me, but what do you do if you're using Windows 7?
Re: need to reinstall chrome, but want to back up passwords and bookmarks before uninstalling. skabraham 8/19/10 10:16 PM
DolphinJRNH, though I do not use Windows 7, it appears to me that folders in Windows 7 and Windows Vista that are equivalent to folders in earlier Windows Operating Systems, are:
Windows 7/Vista - XP
AppData/Roaming - Application Data
Documents - My Documents

See if you can locate your user name, and manually find the folder rather than using the Run command.  Hope this helps.

A Windows 7 expert may be able to throw some more light to this...
Re: need to reinstall chrome, but want to back up passwords and bookmarks before uninstalling. skabraham 8/19/10 10:30 PM
DolphinJRNH, See if this link helps:
C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
Re: need to reinstall chrome, but want to back up passwords and bookmarks before uninstalling. XchiltonX 11/27/10 1:12 PM
The environment vars are the same in windows7 as vista, so the original guide to go to hereunder is fine:
                 %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

from Windows XP to Windows 7x64:
 - The bookmarks worked perfect
 - The login data... Usernames are copied, the passwords remain empty :'(
Re: need to reinstall chrome, but want to back up passwords and bookmarks before uninstalling. skabraham 2/25/11 11:32 PM
All,

Just install the latest Chrome beta (you can use this link: http://www.filehippo.com/download_google_chrome/).  You will be able to port all your bookmarks, passwords, preferences, and extensions across different systems from anywhere.  All you have to do is set up the Sync settings within the Personal Stuff tab in the Options page/window.  Enjoy!
Re: need to reinstall chrome, but want to back up passwords and bookmarks before uninstalling. xvagrantx 4/16/11 5:02 PM
VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE

XchiltonX is right about Windows 7. Be aware, if you follow skabraham steps to copy / paste Login data...it will not copy all your password. I just lost all my password by reinstalling and formatting my old windows 7. To bad I didn't read about XchiltonX's message earlier. I should have downloaded Chrome's extension for password management.

If anyone finds out that login data has all the password but for protection reasons, it will not appear. If you know a solution to recover those password with that file, please contact me : xvag...@gmail.com  I have a back up of that file but I don't have anything else!

Cheers!
Re: need to reinstall chrome, but want to back up passwords and bookmarks before uninstalling. Sie_Deen 8/16/11 5:07 PM
Hi everyone,

Thanks for sharing all your findings.  

If you are still looking for a way to backup your passwords and bookmarks so that you can re-install Chrome and have these in your new installation, you can do so by enabling sync.  With sync, you can choose to back up the following items and sync them back to your new Chrome installation:
- Apps from the Chrome Web Store
- AutoFill data (except for credit card numbers)
- Bookmarks
- Extensions from the Chrome Web Store (except those containing plug-ins)
- Passwords
- Preferences
- Themes

I am going to close this discussion as it originated from 2009, when sync was not available yet.  If you have a new issue, please create a new post.  Happy syncing!