The majority of computer users upgrade their machines every four years. Getting a new device is always an exciting event. The downside is that you need a couple of hours to set up the new computer and transfer all the data from your old PC to your new machine. Thanks to cloud storage services, you should be able to speed up the process and transfer your data in just a few minutes.
If you want to transfer your browser bookmarks, you need to import the Favorites folder to your new device. Follow the steps below to import your Microsoft Edge Favorites folder to your new computer.
How Do I Copy My Favorites From Edge to Another Computer?
Sync Your Edge Settings
The quickest way to move your Favorites folder to your new device is to use the Sync option. On your old computer, launch Edge, go to Settings, and click on Profile in the left-hand pane. Then click on Sync, and select the items you want to sync. Make sure to include your bookmarks on the list.
Then launch Edge on your new machine, log in to your Microsoft account and hit the Sync option again. The browser should pick up right where you left off. For more information, go to Microsoft’s dedicated support page.
Export the Favorites Folder
- Launch Edge on your old computer.
- Then click on Favorites (the star icon).
- Click on More options (the three dots) and select Export Favorites.
- Save the HTML document to Dropbox or another cloud storage service of your choice.
- Now, on your new computer, launch Edge and click on Favorites.
- Go to More options and select Import Favorites.
- Locate and select the Dropbox file you previously created.
- Wait until the browser has finished importing the data and check if anything’s missing.
Manually Copy the Bookmarks Folder
Alternatively, you can also copy the Bookmarks folder to Dropbox and then move it to your new computer. Microsoft Edge saves your bookmarks at the following location: %localappdata%\Microsoft\Edge\User Data\Default. Copy the file to the mirrored path on the new device.
If the folder is not available on the new machine, navigate to C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Edge\UserData\Profile1 on your old computer. Then copy the Bookmarks folder to Dropbox and move it to the mirrored location on the new device. Check the results.
What if the Old Computer Is Gone?
If you already got rid of the old computer or the device won’t turn on, the Sync option is the only one that could help you restore your bookmarks. If you disabled the functionality, there’s nothing you can do to restore the Favorites folder. In other words, you need to organize your bookmarks from scratch.
If you bought a new computer and you want to transfer your MS Edge bookmarks to the new machine, you can use the Sync option. Alternatively, you can also manually export the Favorites folder to Dropbox and then import the HTML file to your new computer. Did you manage to transfer the Favorites folder to your new machine? Let us know in the comments below.
Brett Miller says
Absolutely worked and worked fast! I used the export/import of an HTML file approach and used OneDrive as the cloud intermediary.
Susan Bixby says
I was so excited to use Chrome again. My son downloaded it for me. I now have to transfer all my favorites and folders I was using. What a mess. And Chrome has NOTHING easily on their site to help me. I will try now but if I cannot transfer all my files, I will have to go back to Edge.
Yes helpful will try soon.
This lacks clarity on how to find the Profile, and also fails to indicate that you need administrator privileges to use Sync
Incredibly easy and straightforward. Too bad I had to Google these instructions. It seems like it would be simple to provide them in the Edge setup when you first open it on the new computer. But, that is Microsoft, the least user friendly company on the planet