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Migrate from Apple Safari to Google Chrome

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

Google Chrome and Safari browser are incompatible for seamless data migration. If you want to switch to Chrome from Safari, manually export the saved data like Bookmarks and Passwords and import them to Google Chrome.

To transfer saved data from Safari to Chrome:
1. Export the Bookmarks in HTML and Passwords in CSV formats from Safari’s File > Export menu.
2. Import the exported Bookmarks HTML into Chrome Bookmarks Manager at chrome://settings/importData.
3. Import the Passwords CSV file into Chrome Password Manager at chrome://password-manager/settings.

Import Bookmarks and Passwords to Chrome browser

Want to switch your primary browser to Chrome instead of the Safari browser on your Mac? Follow these simple steps to export your saved passwords and bookmarks from Safari to Google Chrome.

Exporting Bookmarks and Passwords from Safari

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

Export Bookmarks from Safari 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.

Export Saved Passwords from Safari as CSV

  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 need to authenticate yourself with a System Password or Touch ID.
  5. Choose the Safari Password.CSV file location and hit on 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 to delete the file after completing the data transfer.

Importing Bookmarks and Passwords into Chrome

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.

Import Bookmarks in Chrome using an 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 on 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).

Import Passwords in Chrome using a CSV file

  1. Launch 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.

That’s it. We successfully migrated passwords and bookmarks from Safari to Google Chrome browser.

View the Import Passwords in Chrome

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 top-right corner of the browser.
  3. Select the Key icon to access the Google Password Manager.check google password manager
    It 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.

Transfer your Browser Data from Safari to Chrome

That’s all; we have moved our password and bookmarks to the Chrome browser from Apple Safari.

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 that 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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