In recent years, Google Chrome has become one of the most used browsers in the world. Its usability, new features, performance improvements and timely updates are very much appreciated by Internet users.
Apple’s Safari browser is also fairly competitive in this era and is packed with good features for netizens. It may not be as popular as Chrome, but it is still being used by many people on Macs. It also works great on iPhones where you won’t even require a different web browser.
Since we’re talking about the features, both these browsers offer great bookmarks facility to save web pages for later use. And if you’re thinking of switching from Google Chrome to Safari, you should definitely import them to your new browser.
Your old Chrome bookmarks can be very useful while surfing the internet on Safari.
However, transferring these bookmarks individually i.e. opening all those websites again and bookmarking them in Safari will take your precious time, which is not the smartest thing to do in this fast moving world.
So, is there any shortcut or trick to import Chrome bookmarks to Safari? Let’s find out in this following guide now.
Mac OS Guide –
If you use Mac for home use or office work, your system comes preinstalled with Safari browser. So, there is no need to download and install again.
Search in ‘Finder’ option and you should be able to locate this browser on your system.
For Windows Users, you will have to download Safari browser separately from Apple’s official website.
Now, let’s begin with the steps that you need to follow:
1. Open the Safari browser app on your Mac.
2. Go to the ‘File’ menu and select ‘Import From’ option.
3. Select ‘Google Chrome…’ option as shown below.
4. Select ‘Bookmarks’ from the popup menu.
Note – If you’re trying to setup new Safari browser, it’s recommended to select ‘History’ option along with Bookmarks. This way your browser will get personalized with all the available data history from Google Chrome and you don’t have to repeat the same process of visiting each and every website again.
5. Click on the ‘Import’ button.
Boom! Your bookmarks are now all set to serve you on this new browser.
In case you’ve thousands of bookmarks on Google Chrome, it might take a few seconds or minutes to finish this task. So, sit back and enjoy the process.
How to verify successful import of Chrome Bookmarks?
Ah! This is very simple.
Just go to the ‘Bookmarks’ menu on Safari browser and check the imported bookmark links and folders.
You may also add new bookmarks from the same menu.
For those who’ve selected History option above, you can move your cursor to ‘History’ menu and see the links.
So, that’s pretty much about the Chrome bookmarks import process. It shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes to successfully finish this task.
Chrome Bookmarks Transfer Using HTML File
There’s always another way to do it!
Now that you’ve learned the easy way to perform this bookmark import process, let’s have a look at the slightly longer process.
As you might have noticed, I didn’t term it as difficult process above. Well, it isn’t, really!
Steps to follow:
1. Open the ‘Bookmarks’ menu on Google Chrome and select ‘Bookmark Manager’ option.
2. Click on the ‘Organise’ drop-down menu and select ‘Export Bookmarks to HTML File…’ option.
3. Save the file on preferred location on your Mac.
4. Open the Safari browser and select ‘File’ menu again.
5. Go to ‘Import From’ option and select the second option this time i.e. ‘Bookmarks HTML File…’
6. Select the previously saved file and click on the ‘Import’ button.
This will do the magic and let you import Chrome bookmarks to Safari.
Tip: You can perform the same process on Safari browser to export your bookmarks to any other browser.
How to import Chrome Bookmarks to Safari (iOS Version)
Apple has also made it easier to perform this task on mobile Safari browser. For this purpose, all you need is an iCloud account and you’re good to go!
Steps to follow:
1. Follow the desktop import process and make sure that your bookmarks are available on Safari.
2. Open ‘System Preference’ on your Mac.
3. Click on the ‘iCloud’ app and select ‘Safari’ option.
When you click on this option, you’ll be asked to merge your bookmarks with Reading List on iCloud.
4. Select ‘Ok’ and close the ‘System Preference’ window.
5. Sync your iPhone to iTunes with ‘Wi-Fi Sync’ feature.
This will help sync and backup your data with iCloud.
6. Check and confirm the bookmarks transfer to Safari on iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad. Open the ‘Bookmarks’ option on your browser and you’ll be able to see the imported bookmarks there.
Google Account Method
There is another method through which you can import Chrome Bookmarks to mobile Safari on iOS devices.
To get this, you will need a Google account or Gmail account.
Steps to follow:
1. Sign-in to your Google account from Chrome.
2. Once you’re signed in, you’ll see the following pop-up option.
3. Select ‘OK, GOT IT’ or you can make some changes in Settings to ensure that only Bookmarks are synced to your Google account.
This will automatically sync your bookmarks, which can be used on several devices at any time.
4. Now, open the Safari browser on the iOS device and access your bookmarks through this Google account.
Voila! You’ve just finished the bookmarks import process.
As you can see, the first method of importing Google Chrome bookmarks to Safari is quite simple and easy to follow. You’d probably not require another method or trick to get the work done.
But if you end up in having some trouble with this method, I’ve already provided a couple of more solutions for your help. Do follow them as needed. You can also look for third-party apps if everything else fails to get your valuable bookmarks to Safari.