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Export Safari and Chrome bookmarks from your iPhone

When using a web browser on your iPhone, your device will store information like:

  • Browsing History (the addresses of every page you have visited)
  • Bookmarks (also known as "Favourites"- the web pages you have saved for easy access in the future)

This information can be incredibly useful to have at hand, whether it be looking through your history to find that important page you were looking at last week, or quickly accessing your favourite pages on another device or browser.

In this guide, we'll show you how to access your iPhone Bookmarks from your Mac or PC, how to export them to your computer, and even how to transfer them between devices and web browsers - all with the help of TouchCopy.

If you have lost or deleted your iPhone bookmarks, find out how to recover deleted bookmarks from a backup.

How to Transfer iPhone Bookmarks to PC or Mac

  1. Download and install TouchCopy.
  2. Launch TouchCopy and connect your iPhone using your USB cable.
  3. Click to open the Internet section.
  4. Windows only: choose the "Bookmarks" tab.
  5. Select the bookmarks you'd like to save.
  6. Choose from the available formats to save to your computer (HTML, CSV or as a Shortcut).
How to export iPhone bookmarks to PC
Exporting iPhone Bookmarks to PC
How to export iPhone bookmarks to Mac
Exporting iPhone Bookmarks to Mac

Detailed steps: How to Export iPhone Bookmarks with TouchCopy

Step 1: Get TouchCopy on your PC or Mac

Before you can get started accessing your iPhone content from your computer, you'll need to install TouchCopy.

Download iconDownload TouchCopy for PC Download iconDownload TouchCopy for Mac

Once installed, launch TouchCopy from your Desktop (PC) or Launchpad (Mac).

Step 2: Connect your iPhone with TouchCopy

Grab your Apple USB cable that came with your iPhone, and connect it to your iPhone and to your PC or Mac.

Ensure that your iPhone is turned on and unlocked. If you see a message asking whether you would like to trust the computer, tap Trust.

Once TouchCopy detects your device, it will show it on screen. Click your device, then hit "Connect".

Connecting an iPhone with TouchCopy

Step 3: Open the Internet section

TouchCopy will now show a bunch of different sections including Music, Photos, Messages, Contacts and more. Opening any of these sections will show the content stored on your iPhone for that particular media type. For example if you open "Messages", you can browse all your conversations on the iPhone, and even export them to your computer.

For this guide, open the Internet section.

TouchCopy will begin communicating with your iPhone in order to find and load your Internet history and Bookmarks for you. Any data viewed or exported using TouchCopy is saved only to your local computer and is not saved by TouchCopy when you quit the software or sent to anyone else.

Step 4: Select the bookmarks you would like to export

On a Mac, you'll be able to see bookmarks straight away. On Windows PC, you'll need to select the "Bookmarks" tab.

How to export iPhone bookmarks to PC

Now you can explore your bookmarks! Click a bookmark title from the list to see a preview of the page directly in the TouchCopy window (you'll need to be connected to the internet to use this feature). Alternatively, click "Open in Browser" to open the selected page in your computer's default web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, etc).

You'll notice that you can access bookmarks from both the Safari app and the Google Chrome app.

To select multiple bookmarks you can hold ctrl (PC) or cmd (Mac) on your keyboard while clicking multiple bookmarks in the list.

Step 5: Choose your export format and complete the save to your computer

Once you have selected your desired bookmarks, it's time to choose how you would like to export them to your computer.

TouchCopy offers a range of formats:

  • "Save Shortcut" (PC) or "Copy to Mac": Export a selected internet bookmark as a shortcut on your computer. Launching the saved shortcut file on your computer will open the webpage in your default browser.
  • "Save to CSV" (available on PC): Saving as CSV (comma-separated values), will allow you to open your bookmarks in a spreadsheet manager like Excel or Apple Numbers.
    The document contains information about each bookmark: Title, URL (web address) and the type (whether it is from Google Chrome or Safari).
  • "Save HTML" (available on PC): Creates a file containing a list of links to your chosen pages. Opening the file will launch your default web browser on your computer. You'll need to use this format if you plan to import the bookmarks into a browser on your computer.
Bookmark export formats in TouchCopy

Importing your bookmarks into other browsers

Once you've exported your bookmarks from your iPhone, you'll likely want to access them in your favourite browser on your computer. You'll need to have exported your Safari and/or Chrome bookmarks from your iPhone in HTML format to do this. Then, follow the steps below to import your bookmarks into your desired internet browser on your computer.

  • How to Import Bookmarks into Safari: Open the Safari app on your computer, then click through File > Import From > Bookmarks HTML File. Choose your HTML file containing your bookmarks, click Import.
  • How to Import Bookmarks into Google Chrome: Open Chrome on your computer and open the menu (3 dots in the top-right corner of the window). Click through Bookmarks > Import Bookmarks and Settings. From the dropdown list, select "Bookmarks HTML file" and check the box to import "Favourites/bookmarks". Click "Choose File" and select your HTML file containing your bookmarks.
  • How to Import Bookmarks into Firefox: Open Firefox on your computer and open the menu (the 3 horizontal lines in the top-right corner of the window). Click through Bookmarks > Manage Bookmarks > Import and Backup > Import bookmarks from HTML... Select your HTML file containing your bookmarks, and click Open.
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