Chrome: saved passwords and bookmarks

While most backup programs are setup to save profile data, (documents, pictures, desktop, etc), there is vital data that should be included, but may not be part of the profile.  If you are like many of us, we save our passwords on the computer for easier access to frequently visited sites.  This is the same for bookmarks.  

Users should make sure they are saving this data on their backup programs by adding the file to the backup.  Chrome keeps the profile data on your hard drive in a folder titled “profile x.”  You can find it by opening Chrome and typing in the address bar chrome://version.  Look for the line Executable Path where your user name is listed. 

For example:  C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Profile 2.  This is the path to add to your backup profile.  Profile 2, in this case, is the specific folder where all the data is held. 

If you want to import, or restore, saved passwords you need to make sure it is enabled within chrome.  To do this, open chrome and type in the address bar chrome://flags.  Search for password import.  You will see a button to the left that is titled Default.  Click the drop down arrow and select Enable.  Then click Relaunch at the bottom and the feature will be activated.  Now click on the three dots in the upper right, click settings and then look for passwords near the top.  There are three dots to the right of the title Saved Passwords.  Click to Import.  Navigate to the folder mentioned above and look for the Login Data file.  If that step fails, copy the file to the same location on your new computer and re-open chrome.

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