How to Backup Safari Bookmarks on iPhone/Mac

Wondering how to backup Safari bookmarks? No matter you are using an iPhone or a Mac, you can get detailed instructions in this guide.


By Demi / Updated on May 26, 2023

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You are given a dependable and secure option for regular online activities with Safari, which comes preinstalled on your Apple devices, like iPhone and Mac. The Apple Safari app offers tabbed browsing, a pop-up blocker, and the ability for you to save websites as Favorites, just like other web clients, making it easier to open the pages you visit regularly.

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Like any other data on your devices, now, you can backup these Safari bookmarks to avoid accidental data losing. Keep reading, and let this guide tell you how to backup Safari bookmarks on iPhone and on Mac.

How to backup Safari bookmarks on iPhone

iCloud on your iPhone can backup nearly all data and settings on your iPhone, such as photos, iMessage, device settings, ringtones, etc., and Safari bookmarks are included. Now, follow the steps below to backup Safari bookmarks on iPhone.

On your iPhone, go to the Settings app > Click [your name] > Tap iCloud > Scroll down to locate Safari > Toggle on the button next to Safari. Finally, when a window pops up, click Merge to let iCloud sync Safari.

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If you have got a new iPhone, you can transfer the Safari bookmarks to new iPhone by enabling iCloud Safari on the new iPhone.

How to backup Safari bookmarks on Mac

You can also enable iCloud Safari on your Mac to backup Safari bookmarks on Mac. If you don’t want to utilize iCloud, Mac can also help you export Safari bookmarks and save them as a plist file named Bookmarks.plist.

The Safari bookmarks are saved to a local folder called “Library” within your home directory. Follow the steps to know how to backup Safari bookmarks on Mac in one of the two ways.

Note: If the Library folder is not visible, you can make the folder visible from Finder > Click Go menu > Home View Show View Options > Check the box next to Show Library Folder.

Way 1: Open a Finder window and navigate to Home Directory/Library/Safari. Hold down the option key and drag the Bookmarks.plist file to another location.

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Way 2. Right-click the Bookmarks.plist file, from pop-up menu, select Compress “Bookmarks.plist”. Then, you can save the zip file to anywhere on your Mac to save it as a backup.

Bonus: How to backup & transfer Safari bookmarks to new iPhone

The above two parts can help you backup Safari bookmarks on iPhone and on Macbook. If you have got a new iPhone and want to switch everything, including Safari bookmarks, from old iPhone to new iPhone, FoneTool, the professional iOS data backup and transfer software, is highly recommended.


• Fast iPhone backup & transfer: FoneTool provides faster backup and transfer speeds, greatly reducing task uptime.

• Easy to use: Simple steps and an intuitive user interface make it simple to complete the transfer process with just one click.

• Secure backup & transfer: When fully backing up or transferring files using FoneTool, the process can be encrypted, strengthening the security of important data.

• Support all iOS devices: All iOS devices, including the newest iPhone 14 and even the older iPhone 4, are supported. It also works well with iPad and iPod.

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Step 1. Connect your old iPhone to computer with USB > Run FoneTool and click Phone Backup from its homepage > Locate Full Backup and click Get Started.

Warm tip: You can also utilize the iPhone to iPhone function from Phone Transfer page to directly transfer data from iPhone to iPhone without backup.

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Step 2. You can choose to enable the Backup Encryption option to keep your private data like Fitness records, Health, Keychain, etc. can stay private by password.

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To restore the backup to new iPhone, you click Backup History page to locate the backup files. From here, you’re able to restore, delete, and browse the backup you created.

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To schedule regular backup your iPhone, you can also rely on the feature Selective Backup to backup wanted photos, contacts, videos, messages, and music from iPhone to computer.


Hope you can successfully backup Safari bookmarks on your iPhone and Mac. After backing up the Safari bookmarks, you won’t spend time re-adding Safari bookmarks when you get a new Apple devices. If this guide is helpful, please share it with others.

Demi · Editor
Doris is an editor of AOMEI Technology as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.