How to Restore Bookmarks in Firefox Without a Manual Backup

by Radu

If – for whatever reason – your bookmarks have disappeared from your Mozilla Firefox browser, and you haven’t performed a manual backup, don’t panic… yet! 

There’s still hope and a quick fix.

For many years, Firefox performs automatic backups of your data, so you can easily restore your bookmarks.

Here’s what you need to do.

Step 1

Press the Alt key (for Windows) or + key (for Mac; I think) to temporarily show the menu bar in Firefox.

Then, click on Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks.

Step 2

Click on Import and Backup > Restore > choose a restore date.

That’s it!

You should be able to restore your bookmarks in Firefox now.


This won’t work if you have previously performed a complete uninstall of Mozilla Firefox. 

And by “complete”, I mean deleting your Profiles folder from the AppData folder as well.

In case you refreshed Firefox to troubleshoot it, then an Old Firefox Data folder will appear on your Desktop.

You can use that to restore your data, bookmarks included.

That’s a Wrap

I hope this guide was useful and you managed to restore your bookmarks in Mozilla Firefox.

If some info is outdated or incorrect, or you have anything to add, say or ask, please contact me via Twitter or email.

About Radu

I've been working online, from home, for over 9 years. I learned a lot of different stuff related to websites. My main expertise is WordPress, but for some time, I started focusing more on web development.