How to backup and restore Chrome extensions

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TIP: Learn how to backup and restore Chrome extensions

Chrome web browser offers user many extensions (add-ons) that can greatly enhance the functionality of the browser or add some handy functions. Some users may then become so accustomed to some extensions that they cannot imagine working without them.

Unfortunately, when your computer needs reinstall (hdd problems for example) or you need to switch to another computer, searching for all Chrome extension can be pretty time consuming and some may not even be available anymore.

In this article we will show you, how you can quickly backup and transfer Chrome extensions from one machine to another.

Manual transfer of Chrome extensions

If you for some reason do not use Google Account and do not log in into Chrome web browser, you can create manual backup of your extensions and transfer them to another computer.

You can either navigate to the Extensions folder manually, or use the Win+R key combination and copy the following line to it:

%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

 

Manual backup of Chrome Extension step 1

Quick way to reach Extension folder

Manual backup of Chrome Extension step 2

Location of the Extension folder on Local Disc

Either way, you will reach the Extensions folder that holds all the add-ons used in your Chrome browser. To transfer them to another computer, you will have to copy them (via USB stick for example) and place to the exact same folder on another computer. Once you open Chrome, all the extensions should be loaded to your browser.

It may not work 100% every time, older extensions may not be supported in newer version of Chrome and some specific settings or other local data used by these add-ons might be saved elsewhere and thus not load properly.

Automatic backup and restore of Chrome extensions

For users that actively use Google Account and log into Chrome, there is one really simple way to transfer all kinds of data, including Extensions between computers.

To do this, first make sure your Google Account does sync Chrome Extensions. You can check it out in Chrome settings. We have made some screenshots to show the steps needed to reach the proper settings.

Chrome option menu  Login to Chrome Account

Location of sync settings in Google Chrome
 

Sign to Chrome

Login to Google Services
 

Sync options for Google Account

Synchronization settings of Google Account
 

This means that if Extensions are synced through Google Account, every time you log in to a Chrome browser with your Google account, your Extensions will be automatically downloaded and added to your browser.

Related software and links:

Google Chrome icon

Google Chrome    Microsoft Windows platform
A popular Internet browser from Google

 
Google Chrome for iOS icon

Google Chrome for iOS    Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch devices) platform
iOS version of popular web browser

 
Google Chrome for Linux icon

Google Chrome for Linux    Linux/Unix platform
Linux version of the popular web browser from Google

 
Google Chrome for Mac icon

Google Chrome for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
Mac version of the popular web browser from Google

 
Google Chrome OS icon

Google Chrome OS    Linux/Unix platform
An operating system for Chromebook computers

 

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