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How To Backup and Restore All Settings in Google Chrome

Much like other major browsers, the Google Chrome browser gives users a ton of functionality. From a massive library of Chrome extensions, to the ability to easily manage saved passwords, the browser is very extensive. Furthermore, you can also restore and backup settings in Google Chrome.

These days, it is very common for us to have multiple devices in which we do work or surf the web. Perhaps you may have a computer at home and at work.

You want to be able to access all the same content on all computers no matter where you are.

For instance, maybe you bookmark a web page in Google Chrome and want to read it later on a different device. This is exactly why you would want to backup and then restore your Google Chrome settings.

Using Google Chrome’s Sync Feature will allow you to use the same settings and user data across multiple devices.

This is how you can easily backup and restore your Google Chrome settings.

Backup and Restore Google Chrome Settings

There are two parts to this. Neither are difficult. First, you want to backup settings in Google Chrome. Then once the backup is complete, you want to restore settings. Let’s take a quick look at how to do both.

Backup Settings in Google Chrome

For quick reference, create a backup of Google Chrome by:

  1. Open the settings tab.
  2. Turn on Sync.
  3. Log into your Google account, if you’re not already logged in.
  4. Access sync settings.
  5. Select “manage sync.”
  6. Turn on “Sync everything” if it’s disabled.

It’s really not that difficult of a task and works almost instantly across all of your devices.

So, let’s take a bit of a closer look at how to do this step by step.

Launch the Google Chrome browser from your desktop.

The Chrome icon looks like a colored ball with a blue dot at the center. You can find it in your Applications folder on a Mac, or on your Start menu in Windows.

Once the Chrome browser is open, click the three-dot icon. This icon is located next to the address bar in the upper-right corner of your browser window. It will open a drop-down menu.

From that drop-down, menu find “Settings” and click on it.

Click on the three dot menu then click on settings

Once you are taken to the Google Chrome setting’s page you will see a blue button at the top of the page called “Turn on sync.” You can also access this button by clicking on the profile icon located on the top right of the browser.

Doing that will show you a flyout menu, and you can access the button from there as well.

You can access the turn on sync button from two locations in google chrome

Enable Turn On Sync

When you enable the “Turn on sync” button one of two things will happen:

  1. You are already logged in, in which case you can just skip this step.
  2. You are not logged into your Chrome profile and a login page will appear.

Go ahead and log in to your Google Chrome account if you haven’t already. Simply put in your info and move on.

Sign in to your google chrome account

Once you are logged in a “Turn on sync” option will appear in the form of a popup box. Click on the “Settings’ button to take you to the sync settings for Google.

Click on the settings button

From this page, you will see the setup in progress and some other options. Select the “Manage sync” option.

Select the manage sync option

This will take you to the main Google sync page where you can select the options you want to sync. I recommend you turn the “Sync everything” toggle button to on.

This will back up all of your Google Chrome settings and make sure you have them all on other devices.

Note: If the Sync everything toggle is already turned on and showing blue, it means that Chrome has already backed up all your settings and you are good to go.

Turn on the sync everything button in google chrome

All done! You have successfully backed up your Google Chrome settings. Now it is time to restore them.

Restore Settings in Google Chrome

The process to restore settings in Google Chrome is simple and easy.

Note: Make sure you are signing in to your Chrome account on a different device.

Launch the Google Chrome browser from your desktop.

The Chrome icon looks like a colored ball with a blue dot at the center. You can find it in your Applications folder on a Mac, or on your Start menu in Windows.

Once the Chrome browser is open, click the three-dot icon. This icon is located next to the address bar in the upper-right corner of your browser window. It will open a drop-down menu.

From that drop-down menu find “Settings” and click on it.

Click on the three dot menu then click on settings

Google will prompt you to sign into your Chrome account. Simply sign into your account and the browser will automatically restore your settings in Google Chrome on the device you are on.

Sign in to your google chrome account

There you have it. You now know how to backup and restore settings in Google Chrome. Now you can jump around on devices and still have all your personal information available.

Author: Jeremy Holcombe

Growing up in Hawaii, Jeremy started his freelance writing career doing resumes, business plans, article writing, and everything in between. He now specializes in online marketing and content writing and is part of the Content Marketing Team at GreenGeeks.

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  1. You mention backing up chrome settings but will this also back up the desktop shortcuts (not bookmarks) ? and their icons.

    I had to reinstall windows on my computer and of course all the saved desktop icons just go to google.com

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