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Now that I have Google Chrome all set up, I got myself a new laptop. Does anyone have any idea how to transfer my settings, cookies, favorites, etc?

I checked documents and settings\me\application data, and found nothing.

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I tried both ways, but my OLD PC settings of CHROME donot show up in new install on new laptop. OLD = WinXP New = Win7. Used CMD> %APPDATA% to discover the hidden Path and all. I copied in RAR format and unzipped, to recreate the files like original. What am I missing ? Also tried to SYNC but there is no explicit SYNC-to-ACCOUNT-from-current-PC. It seems you can only ENABLE and DISABLE a continuous SYNC process. How to SYNC your PAST HISTORY/ Bookmarks etc. RIGHT NOW --- its not clear at all. Probly I erred -- signed in on new laptop first; but I shud hav signed in FIRST on OLD one. Now I have – user134916 May 18 '12 at 12:44
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This link should help you out - basically:

  • On XP - C:\Documents and Settings\<User Name>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data
  • On Vista - C:\Users\<User Name>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data
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This works for everything but the saved passwords. – Ryaner Jun 1 '12 at 8:46
Does this keep login status? e.g. Will I be able to log into gmail on the other computer? – trusktr Jul 17 '14 at 21:15
@Ryaner, I can't seem to get the "current tabs" properly migrated. Did you manage to get that? – Pacerier May 3 '15 at 23:17
I can't get any extensions to sync either. They all disappear, even though I copied the whole User Data dir. Chrome complains it's in a corrupted state too when I go to settings. – Artem Russakovskii Jan 28 at 11:09
My profile folder was 2 Gigs large, so I decided to transfer my profile/extensions/passwords using google account. I transfered current tabs using "OneTab", which is also a cool extension for daily use. – Qwerty Jun 11 at 13:56

On your old computer:

  • Go to Google Chrome, and then type in the address bar: chrome://settings/personal (or just navigate to Settings).
  • Click "sync to my account" (or something like that) to sync it to your Google account.

On your new computer:

  • Click the wrench icon.
  • Click sign in to Chrome.

As soon as you sign in to your synced Google account, all of your settings, bookmarks, etc. are transferred.

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But browsing history is stored in a local database. You will loose that. – lzap Aug 29 '13 at 16:54
@Izap, And that's the most important..... – Pacerier May 3 '15 at 23:18
Browsing history can also be synched. Nowadays this is the best answer. – jiggunjer Feb 2 at 2:14

C:\Users\USER\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\RA.N.DO.M Numbers

copy this folder and replace only the contents inside the Random Numbered Folder this is where all of your contents are held.


Click inside the folder and a list of files will be there this is what you need to copy and move over to another computer

When moving this file over to a new computer you must first install google chrome and establish a new profile number ( thats why the number is random )

delete the contents in the newly created profile and paste over the contents from the old profile.

Open chrome up and you are back in business.

Hope this explains!!

( windows 7 to windows 8 machine )

If you wish to do a folder migration from xp to windows 7 or 8 it is going to be

C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\RA.N.DOM Numbers

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I tried editing this, but I cannot figure out what it is trying to say. Those “random numbers” are not random, they are the version of Chrome. After you update it a few times, you will have several folder where each one is named for the version of Chrome installed in it. (For some reason, Google decided that it is a good idea to keep every version of Chrome you have ever used—my folder is currently >700MB.) – Synetech Nov 27 '12 at 4:09

Its all there in Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome

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