How to Restore Deleted or Lost Bookmarks With Xmarks

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xmarks-logo I recently bought a MacBook Pro and, while setting up Chrome and Firefox on it, I noticed that I had duplicate set of bookmarks on the bookmarks toolbar of both the browsers. I checked the bookmarks page in Chrome and everything was duplicated there too.

I also seemed to have lost some bookmarks which didn’t make sense. And before I could figure out what’s wrong, the duplicate bookmarks mysteriously appeared in Firefox and Chrome on my Windows 7 laptop too.

It didn’t take me long to figure out what caused this mess.

It was the simultaneous usage of Chrome Sync, Firefox Sync, and Xmarks. I use Xmarks to sync my bookmarks across all the browsers I use, and also had the bookmarks option ticked in the Chrome and Firefox browser sync settings. It didn’t matter on one computer but once I installed the same browsers on a new computer and set up everything from scratch, the problem occurred.

First step on the road to recovery was to uncheck the bookmarks checkbox in both Chrome and Firefox sync. Once that was taken care of, I had to find out a way to get back to the old state where all my bookmarks were neatly synced across all my browsers, and this time, across different computers too. This is where Xmarks came to the rescue. It stores old copies of bookmarks and that was the lifesaver.

I was of course able to fix it, and also documented the entire process which is what this post is all about. So let us see how Xmarks helped me restore the deleted or lost bookmarks easily.

Step 1: You’d need to log in to the web interface of Xmarks. There, on the navbar, you should find an option that says Tools. Click on it.


Step 2: You’ll now see Explore & Restore Old Bookmarks. You know what to do.. click on it!


Step 3: It’ll show a long list of old set of bookmarks along with the date and time when it synced them to the server. This will help you identify the exact set of bookmarks you are looking to restore.

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Step 4: Choose the set you want to restore.


Step 5: Xmarks will warn you that you are going to replace your current bookmarks with the older set. Click on Yes.


Step 6 – Important: Now this is the important part. The above sets will only restore the old bookmarks to that specific browser where you opened the Xmarks webpage. In all the other browsers you’ll need to go to the settings of Xmarks add-on and then manually download the bookmarks from the server. This will ensure that the messed up bookmarks in those browsers are replaced with the correct set.

All it takes is the click of a button.


Xmarks will ask you if you want to download from the server. Click on Download and you are good to go.



That was how Xmarks helped me restore my lost bookmarks. I strongly recommend each one of you use Xmarks for all your browser bookmark syncing needs. It’s the best and safest way to have your bookmarks backed up, and also access them whenever you need them, irrespective of the browser you are using. Oh, and all this at the right price – $0. :)

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  1. Greentini says:

    The same thing happened to me when I set up Xmarks on Chrome recently to try and sync it to my Firefox bookmarks which I’d thoroughly updated over last couple months. It duplicated bookmarks on both Chrome and Firefox. But, the huge problem was that it reverted my Firefox bookmarks to an old set from months prior. I already figured out to go to the old backups to restore, but none of the backups that had been occurring were saving the bookmark updates I’d been making on Firefox, and I did check that Xmarks is currently synched fine on Firefox. How can I get back months of diligent work updating and cleaning up bookmarks if it’s not in the “Explore & Restore Old Bookmarks” list? What happened?
    Thanks, Joy

    • Not sure what happened with your bookmarks, Joy. If Xmarks had been syncing them, they should be there in its backups. Try again with different set of backups is all I can suggest. :(

  2. Mike Ruf says:

    Thank you for posting this! The exact same thing happened to me, and your post saved me a lot of time and aggravation.

  3. Paul R says:

    Thanks for this. Worked perfectly, saved me years of bookmarks

  4. nosurprises says: saved my life..because my girlfriend was really mad about it 😉

  5. BDD says:

    Thank you, whew. Not sure why my bookmarks disappeared but I’m happy this was an easy fix..

  6. Leon says:

    Thanks…this was EXACTLY what I needed. Problem fixed…

  7. ushabuntu says:

    thanks alot!

  8. Jonathan Hurd says:

    Thanks! This is exactly what I needed!!