Google is shutting down Google Bookmarks. Here are alternatives

Google will shut down its Bookmarks service on September 30, 2021. The service won't be available afterwards anymore and users who use it have until then to export their bookmarks to save them.

Google Bookmarks is a free bookmarking service by Google that is available online and via third-party applications. It should not be confused with the Bookmarks feature of the Chrome web browser, as it is completely separate from Bookmarks.

Google Bookmarks was launched in 2005, predating Google Chrome. You can check if you have bookmarks saved to the service by opening https://www.google.com/bookmarks/ in any web browser.

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If you have used Bookmarks throughout the years, you may be looking for an alternative. While you could use your browser's bookmarking feature and sync, it does fall short if you use different browsers or want access to your bookmarks online, regardless of device that you use, e.g. a terminal that you don't own.

Google Bookmarks Alternatives

A Bookmarks alternative should offer a similar feature set, at the very least; this means access via a website and easy management of bookmarks.

Saved -- Saved is a simply online tool. It requires an account but setting up an account is free. Bookmarks can be saved by prepending saved.io/ in front of URLs open in any web browser. These are saved to your account then and you may access all bookmarks from the main site at any time using any Internet browser.

Raindrop -- Raindrop is available as a free and paid service. It has more to offer than just bookmarking support. You can install browser extensions or apps, create collections, use tags and filters, automate saves, and more. Paying members get additional features such as a full text search, duplicate and broken link finder, and cloud backup support.

Pinboard -- Pinboard is a commercial bookmarking service that is available for $22 per year. Pinboard lets you bookmark from any browser, and you may sync the data with Instapaper or Pocket. It features full text search and dead link checks. Browser plugins are available, as are third-party clients.

Mozilla Pocket -- Pocket is available as a free and commercial version. You may use it to save content that you discover on the web. Pocket saves links but it makes articles available on its site as well in a readable way (just the main content). It features a discovery service tags and an archive. The Premium version removes advertisement, saves article copies automatically,  better search capabilities and more.

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Google is shutting down Google Bookmarks. Here are alternatives
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  1. Walter Rhodes said on July 21, 2021 at 7:14 am
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    Slowly buy surely Google is removing so many of their “free” services. I remember when they advertised that Gmail would increase it’s storage limit every day and even had a running meter showing how it was increasing. And then one day…poof… all that disappeared, and Google set a hard cap on everyone unless you gave them your money.

    I’ve learned to never trust the availability of any Google service or depend on them in any way.

    1. ShintoPlasm said on July 21, 2021 at 10:00 am
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      And that’s why I’m using Google Workspace :)

    2. Martin said on July 21, 2021 at 12:29 pm
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      I’m pretty sure Google Bookmarks is getting retired because hardly anyone uses it anymore. It makes sense. ANY service, free or paid, can get discontinued at any time when a company decides to focus their efforts on other things.

      As for Gmail storage, I’ll gladly pay for more storage in ~75 years when I’ve used up the free storage.

    3. Dumbledalf said on July 21, 2021 at 12:52 pm
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      They only maintain the services that people use massively, this way they can collect more data from them. If Google Bookmarks has a very small amount of users, then they can’t collect too much data from then, and this in turn makes maintaining the service in question useless, so they shut it down.

      Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

      1. Plants said on July 23, 2021 at 1:39 am
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        Martin

        Free Photos was a service people used massively, and then what happened? It’s not about how massively used it is, but how much revenue it brings in.
        That’s why no one who cares about preserving their data should use Google’s services. There are so many better alternatives at this point, some are platform-agnostic which gives you so much freedom compared to a walled garden which is Google (and Apple, and the other ones).

    4. seeprime said on July 21, 2021 at 9:19 pm
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      I think that was about the time they removed the corporate motto “don’t be evil”.

  2. dbareis said on July 21, 2021 at 9:46 am
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    I use “https://papaly.com/” and it’s the best way to manage bookmarks I’ve ever used. I use it as a new tab replacement.

    1. Domina Cimex said on July 23, 2021 at 8:35 am
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      Thanks for the information.. Papaly looks like something I can use.

  3. ShintoPlasm said on July 21, 2021 at 10:35 am
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    I never understood the point of Google Bookmarks, which were confusing separate from Chrome’s bookmarks. Guess I never will.

    1. Kit Hadley said on July 23, 2021 at 3:53 am
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      I have saved thousands of sources of information to my Google Bookmarks. As I do research for articles I’m writing, I open dozens of web pages. Before I close each page, I bookmark it and add tags so I can find that page again when I write about that topic later. I have hundreds of tags with dates, places and other identifiers. It’s worked well for more than a decade.

  4. Mike O said on July 21, 2021 at 10:55 am
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    and yet another Google thing to add to https://killedbygoogle.com/

  5. Paul(us) said on July 21, 2021 at 12:54 pm
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    I never understood why I should store on a platform that can go offline the bookmarks that I need every day so badly?
    Also from somebody’s bookmarks, you can figure out marketing-wise what kind of advertisement is best suited for that person.
    And I think not only Google does spy on their users.

  6. Chris Short said on July 21, 2021 at 4:18 pm
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    I highly recommend RainDrop. Very awesome with 10s of thousands or bookmarks.

  7. Tony Johnson said on July 21, 2021 at 4:39 pm
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    Google keeps pushing me away. This is one of the services they have provided that I really going to miss.

    1. Sean said on July 22, 2021 at 4:37 pm
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      +1

      Started hating Google. Gradually, it’s becoming less meaningful.

  8. Larry Becque said on July 22, 2021 at 12:31 am
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    I have been using this since 2005 and have 10,000 bookmarks and multiple labels in it.
    Does anyone know for sure that Google will actually be shutting it down or just not supporting it?

  9. Trey said on July 22, 2021 at 12:37 am
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    If you’re relying on any of Google’s smaller properties, you’re always on borrowed time.

  10. Larry Becque said on July 22, 2021 at 1:23 am
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    I’ve been dreading the day this would come as I really liked Google Bookmarks the way it was with a couple of 3rd party packages I use GBookmarks and Online Incremental Search. There are a number of contenders as replacement and the ones that appeal to me as simple, fast, cheap, stores unlimited bookmarks and closely matches Google Bookmarks are:
    Bookmark OS, SiteBar, Saved.io, Pinboard, LinkLocker, Raindrop.io

  11. leland said on July 22, 2021 at 4:12 am
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    I don’t know why my response got deleted but I use Bookmark OS https://bookmarkos.com/ which I find works great. It has extensions for browsers and has free and paid versions. It does the job well.

    1. phetchkasem said on July 23, 2021 at 1:22 am
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      Thanks @leland and @Larry Becque for.suggesting bookmark os. There’s many good alternatives in the.comments but this one is best for the way I use bookmarks. I like the clean interface and ease of use.

  12. Jozsef said on July 22, 2021 at 9:46 am
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    I would not expect anyone who regularly reads a tech blog to be using any Google service besides Gmail, search, Waze or maps. Their shutting down of services has been a running gag for so long that I can’t imagine anyone even thinking of using any of them today.

    Of course there was a time before this behavior was so predictable and I truly feel for those who came to love a Google product that has been taken away. At least now we know what to expect so we don’t get fooled again.

  13. JP Coetzee said on July 22, 2021 at 12:02 pm
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    Noooo, I love Google Bookmarks for it’s cross-browser support. Which of the suggested replacements offers nested bookmarks?

  14. Gordon said on July 22, 2021 at 1:23 pm
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    htps://booky.io is a good replacement

    1. Gordon said on July 22, 2021 at 1:23 pm
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      1. Kit Hadley said on July 23, 2021 at 3:42 am
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        Nice UX.

  15. Mike Lennon said on July 22, 2021 at 2:15 pm
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    Here’s another alternative to consider: https://start.me It’s a bookmark service with advanced dashboard functions I use every single day.

  16. Hope said on July 22, 2021 at 3:06 pm
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    I use linklocker.co myself, and can’t recommend it highly enough. It definitely gets the job done for $12 per year.

  17. zylstra said on July 22, 2021 at 8:18 pm
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    I like privacy and transparency (i.e. open source). Interestingly and fortunately for this particular function there is software that fulfills my criteria. I use floccus, https://floccus.org/ , but there is at least one other option as well (the name of which I forget at the moment).

    1. zylstra said on July 22, 2021 at 8:26 pm
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      OK, fine, I found the other one for you. ;) It’s https://www.xbrowsersync.org/ .

  18. Stephen said on July 22, 2021 at 11:49 pm
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    I’ve been using https://www.partizion.io/ for a couple months now and love it. RIP google bookmarks!

  19. Kit Hadley said on July 23, 2021 at 3:39 am
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    I’m an analyst and writer so I’ve been bookmarking resources since 2007 when I started with Delicious. When Delicious closed down, I migrated to Google Bookmarks. I have thousands of bookmarks that I access almost every day. They’re 100% essential so I’m going to have to find a reliable service to replace GB. Paid, free, doesn’t matter. Thanks for all the recommendations.

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