Google will shut down its Bookmarks service on September 30, 2021. The service won’t be available afterwards anymore and users who use it have until then to export their bookmarks to save them.
Google Bookmarks is a free bookmarking service by Google that is available online and via third-party applications. It should not be confused with the Bookmarks feature of the Chrome web browser, as it is completely separate from Bookmarks.
Google Bookmarks was launched in 2005, predating Google Chrome. You can check if you have bookmarks saved to the service by opening https://www.google.com/bookmarks/ in any web browser.
If you have used Bookmarks throughout the years, you may be looking for an alternative. While you could use your browser’s bookmarking feature and sync, it does fall short if you use different browsers or want access to your bookmarks online, regardless of device that you use, e.g. a terminal that you don’t own.
Google Bookmarks Alternatives
A Bookmarks alternative should offer a similar feature set, at the very least; this means access via a website and easy management of bookmarks.
Saved — Saved is a simply online tool. It requires an account but setting up an account is free. Bookmarks can be saved by prepending saved.io/ in front of URLs open in any web browser. These are saved to your account then and you may access all bookmarks from the main site at any time using any Internet browser.
Raindrop — Raindrop is available as a free and paid service. It has more to offer than just bookmarking support. You can install browser extensions or apps, create collections, use tags and filters, automate saves, and more. Paying members get additional features such as a full text search, duplicate and broken link finder, and cloud backup support.
Pinboard — Pinboard is a commercial bookmarking service that is available for $22 per year. Pinboard lets you bookmark from any browser, and you may sync the data with Instapaper or Pocket. It features full text search and dead link checks. Browser plugins are available, as are third-party clients.
Mozilla Pocket — Pocket is available as a free and commercial version. You may use it to save content that you discover on the web. Pocket saves links but it makes articles available on its site as well in a readable way (just the main content). It features a discovery service tags and an archive. The Premium version removes advertisement, saves article copies automatically, better search capabilities and more.
Now You: do you use Bookmarks? How do you manage them?