3 Best Ways to Fix Chrome Bookmarks Not Deleting Issue
Deleting unwanted bookmarks and folders in Google Chrome is usually simple and convenient. Chrome Sync will remove them from other devices as well. However, deleted bookmarks may reappear if Chrome Sync fails to register the changes and re-uploads them.
Third-party bookmark extensions, like iCloud Bookmarks, can prevent you from deleting bookmarks in Chrome. Let’s explore how to resolve this issue.
1. Reset Chrome Sync
If you use a Google Account, Chrome syncs your bookmarks across devices using Chrome Sync. Occasionally, deleted bookmarks may reappear on other devices when the browser is opened. To fix this, reset Chrome Sync. Resetting Chrome Sync removes all synced data from Google servers and signs you out of the browser on all devices. This process does not delete any locally stored browsing data like cookies, bookmarks, and passwords. After the reset, delete any previously undeletable bookmarks and sign back in to your Google Account. This will ensure proper bookmark syncing across devices.
Step 1: Open the Chrome menu, click or tap Settings, and select Sync and Google Services.
Step 2: Click Review Your Synced Data.
On Android and iOS versions of Chrome, click Manage Sync, followed by Data From Chrome Sync.
Step 3: Click Reset Sync, and then click OK to confirm. This will delete your browsing data on the Google servers and sign you out of Chrome on all your devices.
Step 4: Go to the Chrome Bookmark Manager and delete any unwanted bookmarks.
Step 5: Open the profile fly-out, select Turn On Sync.
On the Android and iOS versions of Chrome, go to the Settings screen, sign into Chrome, select your Google Account, and click Yes, I’m In.
Sign in to Chrome on your other devices to sync the changes to your bookmarks. If you use a Sync passphrase, enter it after signing into Chrome to start syncing your browsing data.
2. Disable Bookmark Extensions
Do you use third-party bookmark extensions in Chrome? These extensions can cause issues, especially if you use them to sync bookmarks between devices. For instance, iCloud Bookmarks may re-sync deleted bookmarks from Safari back to Chrome.
If you use such an extension, try disabling it by going to Chrome menu > Tools > Extensions.
If you use iCloud Bookmarks on a Windows desktop, you can prevent it from running via the iCloud Settings screen.
If the bookmark extension is essential to your workflow, try manually removing unwanted bookmarks from all devices. Then, delete and re-install the extension. This should prevent it from re-syncing deleted bookmarks to Chrome.
3. Reset Google Chrome
Having trouble with deleted bookmarks reappearing in Chrome? Reset the browser. This will return Chrome to its default state and fix the problem.
Note that a Chrome reset won’t affect your bookmarks and passwords, but it will clear cached files and cookies, remove pinned tabs, disable all extensions, and sign you out of the browser. Before proceeding, check our Chrome reset guide for more details.
Keep in mind that you can’t reset the Android and iOS versions of Google Chrome.
Follow these steps to reset Chrome:
1. Go to Chrome Settings.
2. Expand the Advanced section.
3. Click on Reset and Clean Up.
4. Click on ‘Restore Settings to Their Original Default.’
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Afterward, remove the bookmarks. If you use Chrome Sync, sign into the browser again. Head to the Extensions screen (Chrome menu > Tools > Extensions) to re-enable your extensions.
Resetting Chrome Sync or disabling third-party browser extensions can fix issues with Chrome bookmarks not deleting. If that doesn’t apply to you, a Chrome reset should likely do the trick. You may also want to update Chrome. The latest updates often fix bugs and other prevalent issues and minimize similar problems in the future.
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