If you customized your Edge settings to automatically install the latest browser updates, you might want to edit your settings again. Several users complained their Favorites folder disappeared after installing the latest Edge version on their computers. If you’re looking for a solution to get your Favorites folder back, check if the solutions below do the trick for you.
How Do I Restore the Favorites Folder in Edge?
Import Favorites From Edge Legacy
As Microsoft explains, if your Favorites folder came from the old version of Edge (aka Legacy), it should still be there.
- Click on the Favorites icon (the star) or press Ctrl + Shift + O to open the Favorites folder.
- Click on More Options (the three dots), and select Import Favorites.
- In the dropdown menu, select Import from Microsoft Edge Legacy.
- Wait until Edge restores your old Favorites folder.
On the other hand, if Microsoft Edge is not listed in the Import list, close the Favorites window, and open a new tab. Then, type edge://flags in the address bar and hit Enter. Type “import” into the search field.
Scroll down to Import data from Microsoft Edge Legacy, and enable the option. Hit the Restart button to refresh the browser.
Then follow the four steps listed above to import your Favorites folder.
Use Windows File Recovery
Windows File Recovery is a convenient tool that you can use to recover lost files from your backup folder or local storage device, including external drives and USB devices. Keep in mind that you need to install Windows 10 version 2004 or newer in order to run the tool.
First, download the app from the Microsoft Store and install it on your machine. Then launch the tool and let it make changes to your device. In the new Command Prompt window, enter the following command:
winfr C: D: /n \Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Edge\UserData\UserName\Bookmarks
For example, if your user name is Chris, use this command:
winfr C: D: /n \Users\chris\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Edge\UserData\chris\Bookmarks
This command automatically creates a Recovery folder on the destination drive (in this example, D:). Don’t forget to replace D: with your drive’s letter. Copy the Bookmarks folder to your Edge Data Profile folder and check if the issue is gone.
As a quick reminder, Edge saves the Favorites folder at the following location: C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Edge\User Data\Default\Bookmarks.
Manually Restore the Favorites Folder
Navigate to This PC, and click on the drive where you installed Edge (for most users, it’s C:). Then, navigate to C:\Users\UserName. Locate the Favorites folder, right-click on it and select Restore previous version.
Restart Edge and check if the Favorites bar is visible now.
If your Microsoft Edge Favorites folder is nowhere to be seen, try to import it from Microsoft Edge Legacy. Alternatively, you can also use the Windows File Recovery tool to restore the missing Favorites folder. If the issue persists, go to C:\Users\UserName\Favorites and select the “Restore previous versions” option.
Did these solutions work for you? Which method helped you restore the Favorites folder? Let us know in the comments below.
Margaret Nicodemus says
Lost “favorites list during last update. tried instructions on how to recover the list but to no success.
nothing helps. Why does this keep happening? Randomly disappear and randomly re reappear.
Is this possible on xbox one?? I’m unable to access edge legacy despite enabling Import Data from Microsoft Edge Legacy and restarting..There is still no dropdown on “Import”Please help
Tom Depoorter says
I lost my favorites after an Edge update and could easily fix it doing this steps:
1) Go to C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Edge\User Data\Snapshots
2) Open the most recent snapshot subfolder before the issue occured and open subfolder Default
3) Copy file “Bookmarks” to C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Edge\User Data\Default (you could rename the existing file over the before pasting)
4) restart edge
OMG this was a life saver. it did not return the most recent items but it returned alot
Linda Kutzer says
This did not help me. It says there is no previous version!
i got it deleted faverites. thanks
Hernando Fernandez says
Used manual restoration of Favorites and it sort of worked. Unfortunately not all fav links were recovered. Is there anything else that can be done?