How to Sync Safari Bookmarks with Google Chrome
Many people who own iPhones and iPads also use Windows computers, and if you’re one of them, chances are you use both Safari on iOS/iPadOS and Chrome on Windows. Fortunately, you can easily sync your bookmarks between both these browsers, thanks to a browser extension.
With the help of the iCloud Bookmarks Chrome extension that’s developed by Apple, you can seamlessly switch between Safari and Google Chrome across your devices without having to worry about losing your bookmarks. All your bookmarks are synced using iCloud, and they’re readily available whether you’re on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Windows PC.
Interested in setting this feature up on your computer? We’re here to help you get started, and you’ll be syncing Safari Bookmarks with Google Chrome on Windows in no time.
How to Sync Safari Bookmarks with Google Chrome on PC
Keeping your Safari bookmarks in sync with Google Chrome requires you to have iCloud for Windows installed on your PC in addition to the extension. Once you’re done with the installation, just follow the steps below:
- Open Google Chrome and head over to the Chrome Web Store and get the iCloud Bookmarks extension. Click on “Add to Chrome” to install the extension.
- Next, you need to launch the iCloud desktop app, sign in with your Apple account to access the main menu. Here, click on “Options” next to Bookmarks if the feature isn’t already checked.
- Now, simply check the box next to “Google Chrome” from the list of browsers as shown in the screenshot below and click on “OK”.
- Next, click on “Apply” to confirm and save your changes. Your Chrome bookmarks will now be in sync with your Safari bookmarks.
- To make sure everything’s working, you can launch Google Chrome on your computer and click on the iCloud Bookmarks extension icon which is located next to the address bar. If you can’t see it, you’ll be able to find it by clicking on the extensions icon. Here, you’ll see if your Chrome bookmarks are being actively synced with iCloud or not.
That’s pretty much all you need to do.
From now on, when you switch to Safari on your iPhone after using Chrome on your Windows computer, you’ll find that Safari has already updated all its bookmarks to match what’s on Chrome.
Active bookmarks syncing is currently only available for Chrome, but since Microsoft’s Edge browser is now Chromium-based, you will be able to install this Chrome extension on your Edge browser by allowing extensions from other sources. Thanks to this workaround, you can keep your Edge bookmarks in sync with Safari too.
This is just one of the browser extensions that Apple offers to Chrome users. Apart from iCloud Bookmarks, there’s also an iCloud Passwords extension that allows you to use saved passwords that are stored in iCloud Keychain on your Windows PC. To use this, you need to have version 12 of iCloud for Windows or later installed on your computer.
If you use Chrome on your Mac, it’s worth noting that iCloud does not sync bookmarks between Chrome for macOS and Safari. These steps for actively syncing bookmarks only work on a Windows computer. Therefore, if you use Chrome on Mac, but Safari on your iOS device, you’re out of luck (for now anyway, or if you know a solution to this then let us know in the comments).
Now you know you can sync all your Safari bookmarks with Chrome. What do you think of this feature for Windows users? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.