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Migrate Saved Data from Safari to Google Chrome

Are you switching away from the Safari browser? Learn how to export saved bookmarks and passwords to import in Chrome app.

The Safari browser offers an export feature that allows us to export saved data like passwords in a CSV file and bookmarks in HTML.

The exported files can be uploaded to the Chrome browser in the respective section to import saved data. We can even use these files to import them into any other browser if required.

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Note: Google Chrome has a built-in importer that can detect the installed browser to import the saved automatically. However, it doesn’t support the Safari browser.

In this guide, we have shared the steps to export your saved passwords and bookmarks from Apple Safari and then import them to Google Chrome.

Export Bookmarks and Passwords from the Safari app

We first need to export the saved bookmarks and password from the Safari browser to local storage on your Mac. These files will import the data to the destination browser, i.e., Google Chrome.

Step 1: Export Bookmarks as HTML File

  1. Open the Safari app on your Mac.
  2. Click on the File menu from the menu bar.
  3. Select Export > Bookmarks… option.
    Export Bookmarks and Passwords option menu in Safari Mac
  4. Choose the Safari Bookmarks file location and hit the Save button.
    Export Bookmarks from Safari on Mac

Safari Bookmarks HTML file will be created at the chosen location.

Step 2: Export Saved Passwords in CSV File

  1. Launch the Safari browser on Mac.
  2. Click on the File menu and select Export > Passwords… from the menu list.
    Export Bookmarks and Passwords option menu in Safari Mac
  3. Hit on the Export Passwords… command page.
    Are you sure you want to export your saved passwords in Safari
  4. You must authenticate yourself with a System Password or Touch ID.
  5. Choose the Safari Password.CSV file location and hit the Save button.
    Export Passwords from Safari on Mac

The Safari Password file will be stored in the selected location in CSV format.

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Note: The exported password file is not encrypted; ensure that the file is deleted after completing the data transfer.

Import Bookmarks and Passwords into Chrome App

Now that we have exported bookmarks and password files from the Safari browser, we need to manually import the files into the Chrome browser in respective sections.

Step 1: Import Bookmarks using the HTML file

  1. Launch the Google Chrome browser on your Mac.
  2. Click the More vertical 3-dots icon for the option list.
  3. Navigate to the Bookmarks > Import bookmarks and settings option.
    Import Bookmarks and Settings menu in Google Chrome browserIt will open the Import Bookmarks and Settings dialog box.
  4. Select the Bookmarks HTML File option from the drop-down and ensure the checkbox for the Favorites/Bookmarks option is enabled.
    Import Bookmarks HTML File in Chrome browser with Choose File button
  5. Click the Choose File button, and select the exported Safari Bookmarks file from local storage.
  6. Hit on Done to complete the bookmarks import.

The imported bookmarks will be available on the Chrome bookmarks page and the Bookmarks bar (if you’ve selected the option for the same).

Step 2: Import Passwords using a CSV file

  1. Launch the Chrome browser on your computer.
  2. Access chrome://password-manager/settings in the address bar to open the Password Manager settings page.
  3. Click on the Select file option under the Import passwords section.
    Import passwords in Chrome browser and Select file option
  4. Choose the exported Safari Password CSV file from Mac Finder.
  5. Hit on the Open command button to complete the password import.

With this, we successfully migrated passwords and bookmarks.

View the Import Passwords in Chrome app

If you want to cross-check the imported passwords after migrating the browser data, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Chrome browser on your computer.
  2. Click the Chrome Profile icon at the browser’s top-right corner.
  3. Select the Key icon to access the Google Password Manager.check google password managerIt will open the Chrome Passwords page.
  4. Select the Site URL to view the corresponding saved password page.
  5. Hit on the Eye icon to view the password.
    View Saved Passwords in Google Password Manager on Chrome browser

To view saved passwords, you must authenticate yourself with your system password or Touch ID.

Bottom Line

We must manually import the exported data from the Safari app to the Chrome browser. The bookmarks can be exported in an HTML file, whereas the passwords can be exported to a CSV file.

The Chrome browser can sync the saved data with your connected Chrome devices. If you’re using Chrome on your iPhone or Android Smartphone, the bookmarks and passwords will also be available on your computer device.

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Swayam Prakash

Swayam Prakash

Swayam is a professional content creator with 6-years of experience in conceptualizing, creating, and managing tech-based content for notable online publishing firms. He troubleshoots the technical issues and loves to write about it. Connect him on LinkedIn.

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