Bookmark Syncing Added To Google Browser Dev Builds

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 18, 2009
Updated • Mar 21, 2012
Google Chrome

One cannot say that the developers of the Google browser, Google Chrome, are not adding new features to their web browser. Some users did criticize the pace of the version number increase of the Google web browser stating that the amount of new features would not justify these big version jumps.

A new feature was introduced in the Google browser in the last dev release versions. Users who have been working with developer releases of Google Chrome before know that most new features can only be accessed by launching the web browser with startup parameters.

It is not different with this new feature. The Google Chrome development team has added bookmark syncing to the web browser. Users who want to use the feature need to launch the Google browser with the parameter --enable-sync.

A new option in the Tools menu becomes available that is named Sync My Bookmarks. The feature requires a Google account which will be used to store the bookmarks online. To be precise, the bookmarks are stored in the Google Docs account of the Google user.

This makes it possible to use the same set of bookmarks in various installations of the Google Chrome browser, e.g. at work, home and on a laptop. It does feel strange to Google Bookmarks users that this services was not used for the bookmarks syncing.

Interested users can download the latest dev build of Google Chrome at the developer's website.

Update: Bookmark syncing is now integrated in all versions of the Chrome browser now. Chrome users who want to make use of the feature find the setting to do so in the program options. It is no longer necessary to use a startup parameter to enable it.

The easiest way to access the setting is to enter chrome://chrome/settings in the Chrome address bar. Locate the Sign In to Chrome button near the top, enter your Google account information, and you are set up to synchronize your browser's data.


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  1. Martin said on August 18, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Hmm, I guess they wouldn’t have done it this way if it wasn’t easier for them, but I would’ve expected them to sync bookmarks through Google Bookmarks. There are already Firefox addons that do this so there could’ve been synchronization across browsers even.

  2. Everton said on August 18, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Finally! This is the main feature that makes me go back to Firefox/Xmarks.

    Edit: xmarks alpha for Chrome is out

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