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How to Export/Import Browser Data from One Computer to an other with Chrom(ium)

May 16, 2020

Today, I want to share with you some tips I use to have my browser data when I switch to a new computer.

A little bit about my browsers use: I was using Firefox and Chromium for a longtime. I have abandoned firefox to only use chromium. In a recent computer I only use Chromium. But, I want to give chrome a try. I am not at all comfortable with the browsers sync functionality.

The experience I’m about to share with you here conceerns taking all my data from my Chromium to my newly installed Chrome.

First, what is Chrome and what is Chromium? If you wondering about it, read the next section. If not, jump it.

Chrome or chromium?

Simply speaking, they are two different browsers. Chrome, or Google Chrome, is a propriatary software by Google built based on Chromium which is a free and open-source project from Google too. Chrome has more features than Chromium. Chromium is also the source base for some other browsers such as Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Amazon Silk.

After this simple refresher, let’s now start by exporting data.

Exporting Data

The first thing to do is to take data from our old browser (Chromium in our case).

There are many data that the browser may keep for us:

  • Bookmarks,
  • Passwords,
  • Cookies,
  • History,
  • etc. But in this article, I am going to focus on the first two (bookmarks and passwords).

Exporting Bookmarks

Open your browser (Chromium), got to the menu button (top right) —> Bookmarks —> Bookmarks manager (Ctrl + Shift + O).

Bookmarks Manager

In the Bookmarks Manager, click the three dots on the top right and Export bookmarks in the location of your choice (make sure you don’t forget it as you’ll need it in order to import)

Export bookmarks

Exporting Passwords

Menu —> Settings. Click on Passwords and on the three dots (next to Saved Passwords). Export your password from there.

Be aware that your passwords will be visible to anyone who can see the exported files (so keep it in a safe place)

Attention

With all our needed data exported, we can now go to an other computer or browser (Chrome here) to use them.

Importing Data

Bookmarks

In the new browser, go to menu —> Bookmarks —> Import bookmarks and settings…

Chose bookmarks to import

Chose your exported file and go!

Passwords

There something to do here before importing because this option is not yet activated by default in the browser.

Enter this chrome://flags/ in the address bar. Seach for Password import and enable it (click Enabled).

Now you can go to Password (chrome://settings/passwords), click the three dots and import.

You can enjoy browsing with your new Browser as I did.

Closing Notes

If you want to use a new computer or browser, you don’t have to worry about your browser data (bookmarks, passwords…). The only thing you have to do is to export your them from the old browser and then import them in the new browser.

Make sure you keep your exported data in a safe place. I’d suggest to to delete after use.

And you, how do you do? Share with us!

Abel is a Software Engeneer and CS Instructor. He spends much of his time contributiong to FLOSS and helping beginners. If you think this is great and shoud continue, consider supporting him.