Despite some new improvements in user privacy, the popular Chrome browser on Google has recently been stigmatized in some areas as problematic when it comes to privacy issues. These same articles suggest that if you are concerned about the security of your data, you should try an alternative browser such as Firefox, Safari or Brave.
Of course, anyone who has used a browser for a certain amount of time will have a significant library of bookmarks, preferences, and saved passwords. If you switch to a new browser, you will not have to sacrifice your bookmarks; you can easily import them from Chrome into your new browser.
Here's how to do it:
If you move to Firefox:
- Click "Import data from another browser …" (if you are browsing) besides Safari or Chrome, you can first export your data as HTML file and then importing them to Firefox by selecting "Importing HTML bookmarks …"
- In In the Import Settings and Data field, choose Chrome (unless of course you are moving from Safari …) You will be reminded to close the other browser
- If you have more than one Google Account established with Chrome you will be asked who you want to move
- You can move your cookies, browsing history and / or bookmarks. "Continue."
- If everything goes well you will get a box to tell you "Import fully".
In my case, all my bookmarks and Bookmarks are imported successfully and all are placed in a folder called "From Google Chrome" in the bookmarks bar
If you move to Safari
Safari is not waiting to ask if you want your bookmarks; The first time you turn it on, it automatically imports your bookmarks and history from Chrome or Firefox. Your bookmarks and bookmark folders appear on the Favorites page. if you go to "Bookmarks" in the menu bar, they appear in a folder labeled "Imported".
Do not want your old bookmarks? This is easy. At the bottom of the Favorites or Most Popular Sites page, you'll see a note asking if you want to keep imported bookmarks; select "Save" or "Do not store". When I clicked on Do not hold, all my old bookmarks disappeared from the Favorites page.
If you change your mind at a future date, it's easy to manually import your bookmarks:
- Go to the Bar menu and click File> Import from Google Chrome. You can also click "Bookmarks Bookmark" if you are navigating from another browser.
- Choose to import your bookmarks, history, or both. Then click Import.
And that's it! The Favorites page once again had my bookmarks together with their folders, and the Bookmark drop-down menu showed the same folder as "Imported" as before.
If you move to "Brave"
Brave Browser is often recommended when searching for a browser that protects your personal information. It's so easy to move like Firefox.
After installing Brave, you will be transferred through a series of "Welcome Tour" slides. The second slide is an invitation to import your bookmarks and settings; just click on "Import". You can also import your bookmarks at any time by clicking "Brave"> "Importing bookmarks and settings …" from the top menu. Then:
- Choose from which browser to import. Courage obviously checks which browsers you use; Interestingly, my dropping options included Safari and the two different accounts I had in Chrome but did not include Firefox, although it was also installed on my Mac. You can also install from an existing HTML file with bookmarks.
- Choose what you want to import: browsing history, favorites / bookmarks, saved passwords and / or cookies.
- Be sure to close Chrome before you start the process. I forgot and when I closed Chrome in response to a browser request and tried to keep going, Brave shut down. I closed the import tab, I chose "Import" again from the slideshow and this time the process went smoothly.
Boldly puts all the bookmarks in the check mark dropdown menu from the top bar. He does not separate my bookmarks. Instead, the bookmarks and files that were in the Chrome menu are now available in the Bold menu, a very nice touch.
What about my passwords? You probably have collected as many or more passwords as you have bookmarks. Unfortunately, when it comes to moving passwords to a new browser, things get a little complicated.
Of the three browsers mentioned here, Firefox and Brave are able to import your passwords along with your bookmarks. Firefox did a good job of moving my passwords; I was able to instantly access random site selection. Boldly, for some reason, he only imported about a quarter of my passwords.
I have not yet found a way to move my passwords from Chrome to Safari – and this is not Safari's fault. While you used to export your passwords by going to chrome: // flags / and enabling the Import / Export feature, which has now been changed to allow only import. So while it's not yet possible to export passwords for Chrome, you'll just need to re-enter them from site to site. ] Vox Media has partnerships. They do not affect editorial content, although Vox Media can earn commissions for products purchased through affiliate links. For more information, see our Ethics Policy .