How to Restore Deleted Safari Bookmarks on​ Mac

Bookmarks save us a lot of our research time. They come in handy when we have to find instant information from various sources. However, if these bookmarks are deleted then it can be quite a “situation”! However, don’t panic, there’s a perfect solution to restore Safari bookmarks.

Mac is equipped with a program called ‘Time Machine,’ which backs up and helps in re-installing your deleted bookmarks. With the help of Time Machine, you can easily transport back in time and get your bookmarks back from the past! Apart from this, you can use iCloud to quickly restore your lost bookmarks on your Mac.

We will deal with both these methods: first, we will use iCloud to bring back deleted bookmarks, and then we will go with the Time Machine method, which is a bit more complicated.

How to Restore Deleted Safari Bookmarks in macOS

Restore Deleted Safari Bookmarks on Mac Using iCloud

Step #1. Launch on the Safari browser on your Mac.

Step #2. Sign in with your Apple ID and password. If you have set up two-factor authentication, you need to enter the verification code sent on your iPhone.

Open icloud and Sign in with Apple ID on Safari browser on Mac

Step #3. Once signed in, click on Account Settings, which is right below your profile photo. Alternatively, you can go to Account Settings by clicking your name (see top right corner).

Click on Account Settings in iCloud on Mac

Step #4. On the Account Settings page, scroll down a bit and click on Restore Bookmarks at the bottom left corner of the page.

Click on Restore Bookmarks in iCloud Settings on Mac

Step #5. Upon clicking Restore Bookmarks, a box appears on your screen with deleted bookmarks listed there.

Select Restore Bookmarks in iCloud Web on MacStep #6. You need to select the deleted Safari bookmarks you want to restore on your Mac. Finally, click on the Restore button.

Restore Deleted Safari Bookmarks on Mac Using iCloud

This will restore your deleted bookmarks.

Restore Deleted Safari Bookmarks on Mac Using Time Machine

Step #1. Launch Finder on your Mac.

Step #2. This is a crucial step: hold down your ‘option key’ for some time.

Step #3. Select “Go” and then “Library.” (The library option will not appear unless you hold down the ‘Option’ key.)

Step #4. Once you see the library, tap open “Safari” folder.

Step #5. There will be a file called ‘Bookmarks.plist’ that has all Safari bookmarks.

Step #6. Next, click and open your Time machine and select “Enter Time Machine.

Step #7. Time Machine will run in your Safari window. Therefore, you just have to navigate back to the time when you accidentally deleted the bookmarks.

Step #8. Tap “Restore” after you have reached the exact day and time.

Step #9. You will be given an option to either keeping original (which replaces the current file) or having both.

Step #10. According to your choice, hit on the desired option. Preferably, you’ll want to keep both, so you get the deleted bookmarks as well as keep the new ones.

Note: If you choose to keep both, then the older file will be named as Bookmarks(original). plist. You can also use your recovery backup data system for restoring your bookmarks.

That’s all, friends!

Signing off…

You can use one of the two methods to recover your deleted Safari bookmarks on Mac. Remember, Safari can store your deleted bookmarks for 30 days; past this, you cannot restore bookmarks.

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How to Restore Deleted Safari Bookmarks on​ Mac

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  1. For some reason I can’t go back in time when in the safari bookmarks folder and pressing time machine: I see the overview of all time machine backups but when clicking on previous backups I can’t acces them although I can when initially choosing for example “macintosh hd”. But then I in the backup I cannot find a map “library-safari bookmarks”.
    What should I do?


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