Google to Shut Down its ‘Bookmarks’ Service in September

by | Published on Aug 3, 2021 | Google Algorithm Updates

After the long 16 years of service, Google is about to shut down its standalone bookmarking feature, ‘Google Bookmarks’ from September 30, 2021. This service is not the same as the tech giant’s browser bookmarking, which allows you to save bookmarks in the Chrome browser.

Launched in 2005, Google Bookmarks enabled users to bookmark links or notes and access them from any device or computer. The service was mostly used by some third-party apps and by other users as a cross-device bookmarking tool and wasn’t a very well-known feature. So many Google users have probably never even interacted with Google Bookmarks, even if the service was pretty advanced for when it was launched. The service provided cloud storage for users to save their bookmarks along with annotating features – such as notes and labels. It helped users with searching and sorting data saved on the Google Bookmarks website. There was also a JavaScript-powered bookmarklet, which allowed you to quickly and easily save bookmarks from a browser.

Google announced that ‘Google Bookmarks’ will no longer be available on any platform from October. When you go to the Google Bookmarks website, there is a banner that says, “After September 30, 2021, Google Bookmarks will no longer be supported. To save your bookmarks, click on ‘Export bookmarks’.”

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However, though Bookmarks isn’t a widely used service, its closure has created confusion among people regarding a much bigger service, Google Maps.

“Starred” locations in Google Maps, Google’s navigation app, are held within Google Bookmarks, and as far as we know, these two services still sync, which made people think that “Starred” locations may end up being deleted October 1. Google has confirmed that starred locations will not be deleted when support for Bookmarks ends. The company stated: “Starred Locations in Google Maps aren’t going anywhere. All of your starred places will remain intact, and you’ll still be able to save places to a list just like you always have.”

Before the closure, go to and click on “Export Bookmarks” to get a copy of your data.

Some of the best alternatives to Google Bookmarks include, Bookmark Ninja, Save to Pocket, Evernote, Notion, One Note,, and Pocket by Mozilla.

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