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Backup & Restore Complete Google Chrome Profile

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Google ChromeGoogle Chrome is one of the most popular browser. This amazing browser doesn’t slows you down, even after installing dozens of extensions. If you are using Chrome, then sometimes your browser user profile can get corrupted. This means that you’ve lost your precious browser bookmarks, extensions and your Chrome user profile. A solution to this problem is to backup your Google Chrome profile and bookmarks. You’ll also learn how to restore the user profile, just in case.

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How to Backup Google Chrome Profile

Creating a new browser profile is easy. First of all, exit Google Chrome completely.

Step 1: Press Windows + R key to open “Run” dialog box.

Step 2: Enter the path of the following folder and hit Enter.

– Windows Vista/Windows 7 users: %LOCALAPPDATA%GoogleChromeUser Data
– Windows XP users: %USERPROFILE%Local SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeUser Data

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Step 3: This should open the profile directory of Chrome. You’ll be able to see a folder named as “default”. If you want to backup your Chrome profile, then just copy this folder and paste it to a safe location. A good idea would be to copy this folder to your Dropbox so that your backup is always ready online.

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Restore or Replace Broken Google Chrome Profile

When your profile gets corrupted or broken for some reason, then you can replace the broken profile with a new one, or with a backup created previously (using the above steps). If you would like to create a new profile, then simply rename the “default” folder to any other name, for example: backup default. Now open Google Chrome again and it should automatically create a new profile and the folder “default” will be created. That’s all you need to do to replace a broken profile with a new one.

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However, if you have taken a backup of your profile, then you must already be having this “default” folder ready. All you need to do is to just replace your backed up “default” folder with old one by using copy-paste method and voila, your Chrome profile is restored. Your bookmarks, extensions, settings and everything will be restored.



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    12 Comments

    • Abinash

      Whenever I try to download any thing from chorme.. It says Authentication Error.Please resolve my Issue…

    • Mike Reeson

      How often would this manual backup actually be necessary? I’ve found that my Google profile actually syncs on different Chrome browsers on different computers…this includes the bookmarks.

    • Ujjwal Kumar

      Just sync it with your Google account. When you reinstall it, sync again, all your data will be back.
      As simple as that.

    • rakesh @ Indiabucket

      Google chrome is new for me. I love to know about its features.

    • AKHIL

      Thanks for the guide to backup and restore Google chrome profile

    • Jasmine

      Thanks for the guide to backup and restore Google chrome profile. Clear and easy to follow.

    • Hamza

      Well, I don’t think so that we have to take this measures manually. I am using the Google Chrome, and loving its syncing cross the devices. It really works like a charm, and provides all of my data around my all devices. All I need is to just connect my connected account.

    • Bhushan

      Google Chrome is the very fast and installing dozens of extensions. I have been using Google Chrome from last 3 years but I have not faces any problems. Thanks for sharing nice information for the backup.

    • Samantha

      Chrome doesn’t slow down but it consumes lot of processing speed and CPU, each process created for each tab. But it is still great, thanks for this backup guide

    • Gautham Nekkanti

      This is really useful because i format my pc atleast 1 once a month

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