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I didn't know that my google account wasn't in sync with my chrome for the last couple of months and now that I have link again, the restored record is several months old.

Now, that I've lost all my recent bookmarks and all other stuff...is there anything or anyway so I could revert the Google sync so I can get my bookmarks back?

Update 1

I have found that under C:\Users\Profile_Name\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default there is a file named Bookmarks.bak that holds the old state of my bookmarks before the sync.

Update 2

Bookmarks is the file that holds the current(after sync) bookmark list. I replaced Bookmarks with Bookmarks.bak and restarted chrome, but still chrome isn't fetching information from the updated file.

So, I have my old bookmark information, but how to restore it in chrome.

Update 3 : solved

I still couldn't figure out why replacing the bookmarks file didn't work and aparently that's the only solution available on web.

I reinstalled everything and then copied the old bookmarks file. Then I got my bookmarks back again.

Lession learned : Check regularly if google sync is working.

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did you removed .bak ? –  Lamb Sep 28 '12 at 19:58
    
Yes I did. But, that doesn't matter I guess. Chrome only reads the Bookmarks file. –  iamcreasy Sep 28 '12 at 20:57
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you can put your solution as an answer and accept it, so that others landing here might be benefited easily. –  Lamb Oct 4 '12 at 14:01

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DO NOT CLOSE CHROME.

Assuming you are an windows 7 user go here, %appdata%\..\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default. Replace the Bookmarks.bak file with Bookmarks file. Yes, just changing the extension will do. Reset chrome and old bookmarks should be back.

Sometimes it doesn't work and then you are out of luck. What I did was re-installed everything and then replaced the bookmark file. Don't know why, but it worked unlike the previous attempt.

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I would think that you should sign out of Chrome as well. I actually don't sign in to Chrome, EVER. I don't need all my tabs and bookmarks synced between different devices I use. For me, the Chrome browser on each device should live in its own ecosystem.. like Work Chrome, Home Chrome and On-The-Go Chrome :) –  ADTC Dec 19 '13 at 8:34

None of these answers are as Simple as this solution that I use all the time.

  1. Search for bookmarks.bak using windows search. Right click on the bookmarks.bak result in the search window and choose "open file location"
  2. At the top in the address bar click it until it shows up like this: C:\Users*your username here*\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default it should now be highlighted. right click it and choose copy.
  3. Open Google Chrome and go to the Three vertical Lines on the top right corner of the chrome browser window. Click Bookmarks, then Import bookmarks and settings.
  4. in the address bar at the top of the popup window right click and paste the C:\Users*your username here*\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  5. in the File Name: window type in bookmarks.bak and click next.

Your old bookmarks will now be in the list of bookmarks.

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You can delete your synced information from your Google Account at any time, using the Google Dashboard.

Click the status area in the lower-right corner of the screen, where your account picture appears. Select Settings and find the "Users" section. In the "Users" section, click Google Dashboard. Go to the "Chrome sync" section in the dashboard and click Stop sync and delete data from Google.

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I don't wanna sync again. I want to undo the state that's created by the latest sync. Question is : How to do that? –  iamcreasy Sep 28 '12 at 6:27
    
I had edited the answer.. check that will work.. & this is the link for Dashboard - google.com/dashboard –  Anusha Sep 28 '12 at 6:37
    
I don't need to delete chrome data from my Google account(at least for now). Before overwriting, old bookmarks were stored in another file. I want to use that backup file to restore my bookmark information in chrome. –  iamcreasy Sep 28 '12 at 6:47
  1. Go to chrome://settings/,
  2. Choose Advanced Sync Settings
  3. Deselect Bookmarks (and anything else you don't want synced).

I don't know how effective this will be if you've been signed in a while.

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Here's a copy/paste of a solution I found on my own and then found the posting for:

I managed to restore my bookmarks from backup by performing the following steps.

Make sure you have a valid backup first. Bookmarks and a pre-sync backup are stored in /Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Bookmarks (bookmarks.bak is the pre-sync backup)

  • Make a copy of Bookmarks.bak and delete the .bak extension to just "Bookmarks"
  • Go to Chrome settings and choose "Disconnect Your Google Account"
  • Go to the Google Dashboard: https://www.google.com/dashboard/
  • Under "Chrome Sync" choose to reset sync and delete all data
  • Close Chrome
  • Copy the bookmark (used to be .bak) file and overwrite the current bookmark file (in the previously mentioned directory)
  • Open Chrome - your bookmarks should be back
  • You can sign in to Chrome sync again. Because the sync data was reset, the new bookmarks will be synced as the new default.
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