Despite some new improvements to user privacy, Google's popular Chrome browser has recently been left blank in some quarters as problematic when it comes to privacy issues. Firefox, Safari, or Brave.
Of course, anyone who has a browser for any length of time want to have a library of bookmarks, preferences, and saved passwords. If you are looking for 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.
After you've got Firefox, click on the "Library" icon to the right of the bar, and then click on " Bookmarks on the drop-down menu.
In my case, all my bookmarks and
If you're moving to Safari, bookmark files imported successfully, and were placed in a single folder called "From Google Chrome" on the bookmarks bar
Safari does not wait to ask you if you want your bookmarks; the first time you power it up, it automatically imports your bookmarks and history from either Chrome or Firefox. Your bookmarks and bookmark folders appear on the "Favorites" page; if you go to "Bookmarks" in the bar menu, they appear in a folder labeled "Imported."
Do not want your old bookmarks? That's easy. At the bottom of the Favorites or Top Sites page, you'll need a note on the imported bookmarks; choose "Keep" or "Do not Keep." And it works.
Go to the menu.
Go to the menu.
If you change your mind at a future date, it's easy enough to import your bookmarks:
- Go to the menu bar and click on "File"> "Import From"> "Google Chrome." You can also click on "Bookmarks HTML File"
- Choose to import your bookmarks, your history, or both. Then click on "Import."
And that's it! The Favorites page once more had my imported bookmarks along with their folders, and the "Bookmarks" drop-down menu showed the same "Imported" folder as before.
If you're moving to Brave
The Brave browser is often recommended when you are looking for a browser that protects your privacy. It's as easy as Firefox.
After you install Brave, you're on 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 on "Brave"> "Import Bookmarks and Settings …" from the top menu. After that:
- Choose which browser to import from. Brave checks to see which browsers you are using; interestingly, my drop-down choices included Safari and the two different accounts I had in Chrome, but did not include Firefox, even though it was installed on my Mac.
- Select what you want to import: browsing history, favorites / bookmarks, saved passwords, and / or cookies.
- Do not forget to close Chrome before you start the process. I did not forget, and when I closed Chrome in response to a browser request and tried to move ahead, Brave hung up. I closed the import tab, selected "Import" again from the slideshow, and this time, the process went without a hitch .
Brave puts all the bookmarks within a bookmarks drop-down menu from the top bar. It did not segregate my downloaded bookmarks. Instead, the bookmarks and files were bargained for in the Chrome menu.
What about my passwords?
If you've used Chrome's password manager, then you 'probably collected as many, or more, passwords as you have bookmarks. Unfortunately, things get a little tricky when it comes to moving to a new browser.
Firefox and Brave are capable of importing your passwords along with your bookmarks. Firefox did a nice job of moving my passwords; I was able to immediately log into a random selection of sites. Brave, for some reason, just imported a fourth of my passwords.
Safari's fault. While you're on the road to chrome: // flags / and the import / export feature that has now been changed to only enable import.
Or you can use a password manager like LastPass or 1Password that can work with whatever browser you choose to use.  Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Vox Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. For more information, see our ethics policy .