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How to PROPERLY sync Chrome bookmarks

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Wax Bean Tycoon, Mar 13, 2022.

  1. Wax Bean Tycoon

    Thread Starter

    OK, so I searched tirelessly online to find a quick, easy instruction on how to move my Chrome bookmarks from my Android smartphone to my Android Tablet.

    I could not find anything online that details exactly how you know which device is the SENDING ONLY device, and which is the RECEIVING ONLY device. I don't want SYNC, I want SEND/RECEIVE lol.

    I guess I'm not entirely sure how sync works. Which device gets changed to mimic which device?

    I have a phone and tablet, both logged onto my google account and neither device is currently set up to sync. Do I enable both devices for sync? And then, what data gets gained/lost on each device? Why the hell can't they just have a SEND BOOKMARKS feature! I hate Android lol.

    I think I played around with syncing a few years ago, and I lost my bookmarks. It seems the device with the lesser amount of bookmarks was the "sending" device, and the other device with all the bookmarks "synced" to the sending device. I don't want that happening again.

    Seems like it shouldn't be that difficult. Just have SEND/RECEIVE in addition to SYNC function :rolleyes:



    Thanks all.
     



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  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Wax Bean Tycoon

    Thread Starter

    Yes, Of course I know they have sync, hence by original question. What I'm looking for is an explanation of how things "sync".

    Let's say for example, I have 2 devices. Device #1 has 5 bookmarks, Device #2 has 100 bookmarks.

    If I "sync" them, does device #2 loose all of it's bookmarks in order to "sync" to device #1?

    What is the criteria by which things are "synced"? That is my question. Which device takes precedence of "giving" the data, and which is the "receiver" of data?
     
  4. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    First off, are you logged in to your Gmail account on these devices?
    Sync is not receive / giving, device specific, so regardless of 100 bookmarks on one and 5 on the other, Chrome will inherit all bookmarks and subfolders of bookmarks, meaning none will be lost across all devices.
    All of your devices will now have all bookmarks, shared in real time
     
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  5. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...
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    In my experience syncing bookmarks with Chrome, bookmarks from each machine are added to the others. So if I have 5 on my phone and 100 on my PC, I end up with 100 in both places. A couple things to note is that I get a mobile bookmarks folder and a bookmarks folder, so they don't all end up in one place. Also, I occasionally get duplicate links if the URL's aren't exactly the same.

    If you want granular control over the synchronization, perhaps you could explore exporting and importing your bookmarks. You could get them set up just how you want, then turn on sync.
     
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  6. Wax Bean Tycoon

    Thread Starter

    Ah thank you. I feel better about trying it now.
     
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  7. Wax Bean Tycoon

    Thread Starter

    Thank you so much. I feel more confident on enabling sync on both devices and initiating it.
     
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  8. Wax Bean Tycoon

    Thread Starter

    THANKS! for the responses everyone.

    I went ahead and enabled sync and it worked very well! I was just skeptical I would lose bookmarks.

    Appreciate the feedback for such a seemingly simple task.
     
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  9. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...
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    Great news. Glad you are all set!! :)
     
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