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, than it can be a quite a “situation”! However, don’t panic, there’s a perfect solution for it.

Were you aware that your Mac is equipped with a program called ‘Time Machine’ which backs-up and helps in re-installing your deleted bookmarks? With the help of this program, you can easily transport back in time and get your bookmarks back from the past!

How to Restore Deleted Safari Bookmarks in Mac OS X

Here is how to restore deleted Safari bookmarks in Mac OS X:

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 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.

  • jacky

    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?