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Export Bookmarks from the Apple Safari browser

Do you want to export saved bookmarks from the Safari browser? Here's a guide on easily exporting your bookmarks for backup or migration purposes.

The Safari browser allows you to export the saved bookmarks from the Mac computer. You can export the bookmarks under the File menu in HTML format. However, for the Safari on iPhone/iPad, you need to first sync the mobile bookmarks with iCloud account and export them from the Safari browser on computer.

Export Saved Bookmarks from Safari browser

Moving to a new web browser is quite a cumbersome process when leaving all your browsing and saved data in the old browser. However, the Apple Safari browser makes the switch less painful.

Safari browser does allow users to export the Bookmarks, which can be imported into any other desired browser. Apart from the bookmarks, you can also export the Saved Passwords as a part of data migration.

The export of bookmarks files as HTML files is only available on the macOS computer.

However, iPhone or iPad users can sync the data using an iCloud account and use Safari on a computer signed in with the same iCloud for immediate sync and export. If you do not have macOS, exporting the Safari bookmarks iPhone or iPad is pretty hard.

Export from Safari Mac

The Safari browser on the computer offers the direct option to export the bookmarks. You can export it as an HTML file, which is widely supported by other browsers. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Launch the Safari browser on your Mac.
  2. Click on the File menu and hover on the Export option.
  3. Select the Bookmarks option.
    Export Bookmarks under File menu on Safari Mac
  4. Choose the location to save the file in File Explorer and hit on the Save command.

The bookmarks will be saved in a selected location on a local disk. You can hit the spacebar key to preview the bookmarks.

Export from Safari iPhone

There is no direct option to export the bookmarks saved in Safari on iPhone or iPad. However, we can sync the bookmarks with iCloud accounts across the devices, including Safari on Mac, which can be later exported as a Bookmarks HTML file.

Sync Safari on iPhone

Here are steps to enable iCloud sync for Safari on iPhone:

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Open your Apple ID page and select iCloud settings.
    Open Apple ID screen on iPhone Settings
  3. Tap on the Show All tab under APPS USING ICLOUD section.
    Show All Apps using iCloud in iPhone Settings screenIt will display a complete list of Apps that is currently enabled or disabled for iCloud sync.
  4. Enable the toggle button for the Safari app to allow iCloud sync.
    Sync Safari App Data using iCloud account on iPhone
  5. The saved bookmarks and other data will be automatically synced between devices.

Any bookmarks saved on Safari on iPhone or iPad will be automatically synced to the macOS. You can further follow the abovementioned steps to export the bookmarks as HTML.

Bottom Line

The Safari browser bookmarks are compatible with all other web browsers. The exported bookmarks can be easily imported into any other browser of your choice.

Exporting bookmarks from macOS is easy; however, if we enable iCloud sync for iPhone or iPad, the bookmarks will immediately be synced with the computer browser for export.

The iCloud sync with Safari browser also syncs other saved data like passwords, history, favorites, saved passwords, etc., making it a great cross-device feature.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and creating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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