Content
  1. What is a Google Chrome Backup?
  2. At first glance
  3. Backup & Restore a profile
  4. Lock & Unlock a profile
  5. Create or add existing profile
  6. Manage profile switches
  7. Chromium, Canary and Comodo Dragon support
1. Google Chrome Backup?

Google Chrome Backup (GCB) allows you to backup & restore profiles, creating new browser profiles, lock & unlock profiles for privacy and security reasons, creating desktop shortcuts with switches, exporting bookmarks and more.

It uses Microsoft Framework 2.0 and can be run on all systems above Windows XP.

2. At first glance

First, download it here and run it. The application will open and it will look like this:

Google Chrome Backup screen shot with annotations

The main window is divided into three segments.

  1. Banner
  2. Toolbar: Where you can run wizard, create new profiles and access GCB settings.
  3. List of profiles: On the main part you'll see the list of the profiles.

Here we have 3 profiles on my computer. You can notice that on the screen below.

Google Chrome Backup screen shot

  • Double click on the GC profile icon to open the Google Chrome browser using that profile.
  • The popup menu contains many options: backup, restore, lock (which will be discussed below), delete & run a profile, create a desktop shortcut, clear personal data and display details.
3. Backup & Restore a profile

You can access backup and restore features from two places.

1. The easiest way is to run a wizard from a toolbar, which is a recommended way for new users (look at the segment 2 above).

Google Chrome Backup wizard 1 screen shot

  • The wizard will guide you through the process.
  • Select Backup or Restore from the wizard.
  • Click next.

Google Chrome Backup wizard 2 screen shot

  • Backup default profile radio button is automatically selected if you only have one profile, which is called default profile.
  • To backup any of the existing profiles on your computer, you must select the other option: Select a profile to backup.
  • Click next.

Google Chrome Backup wizard 6 screen shot

  • Click on Browse button to specify a backup file path.
  • Click Backup.

Google Chrome Backup wizard 7 screen shot

  • To restore a backup, select Restore radio button.
  • Click next.

Google Chrome Backup wizard 4 screen shot

  • If you only have default profile on your computer, Restore to default profile will be selected.
  • If you want to restore to other Google Chrome profile, select Restore to a selected profile and select it from a drop down.
  • Click next.

Google Chrome Backup wizard 3 screen shot

  • Click on a Browse button to select a backup file on your computer.
  • Click next.

Google Chrome Backup wizard 5 screen shot

  • Click Restore to start the process.

2. You can run backup and restore them from a profile menu popup, when you "right-click" on a profile in the list (segment 3 above).

Google Chrome Backup wizard screen shot

  • Popup menu contains Backup this Profile and Restore this profile.
  • There are also other options which we will cover below.
4. Lock & Unlock a profile

If you want to make your Google Chrome profile (data) unavailable to other users on your computer you can lock it. You can read about this below.

Google Chrome Backup lock screen shot

  • Right click on a profile you want to lock and click on the menu item Lock this profile.

Google Chrome Backup lock password screen shot

  • Password window will open. We suggest you to use strong password, so we made a stregth indicator :).
  • Click OK and wait until the profile is locked.

Google Chrome Backup lock icon screen shot

  • Once a profile is locked, you can distinctly notice it; it contains a yellow padlock icon.

Google Chrome Backup unlock screen shot

  • Unlock a profile by right clicking on the icon and then select Unlock this profile option.
  • Enter a password and wait for profile to unlock.
5. Create or add existing profile

Google Chrome Backup allows you to create many GC profiles, where you can specify the location and switches (we'll discuss switches below). Then you can run it by creating a shortcut icon on your desktop or run it within GCB. In this section we will show you how to create a new profile and how to import/add an exsiting one.

Google Chrome Backup new profile 1 screen shot

  • To create a new profile select Profile from the toolbar and New profile menu item.

Google Chrome Backup new profile 2 screen shot

  • A window will show, where you specify the profile folder, name, browser type and whether you want to create a desktop shorcut.
  • Advanced options are available and will be discussed in chapter 6.
  • Click OK.

Google Chrome Backup add profile screen shot

  • If you want to add an existing profile (maybe you reinstalled the operating system and want to use the old profile), you can do that by clicking Profile - Add Exsisting profile item.
  • This window will open, where you can specify a profile folder and select a browser type.
  • Click Add to finish.
6. Manage profile switches

GCB allows you to use switches as an arguments to start chorme.exe file. Below is a list of supported switches. We are planning to include more switches later. Let us know which switch would you like to see included at i...@googlechromebackup.com.

List of Google Chrome switches.

Name Description
--proxy-server Don't use a proxy server, always make direct connections. Overrides any other proxy server flags that are passed.
--disable-popup-blocking Disable pop-up blocking.
--dns-prefetch-disable Disables prefetching of DNS information.
--start-maximized Starts the browser maximized, regardless of any previous settings.
--disable-prompt-on-repost Normally when the user attempts to navigate to a page that was the result of a post we prompt to make sure they want to. This switch may be used to disable that check. This switch is used during automated testing.
--disable-logging Force logging to be disabled. Logging is enabled by default in debug builds.
--disable-hang-monitor Suppresses hang monitor dialogs in renderer processes. This may allow slow unload handlers on a page to prevent the tab from closing, but the Task Manager can be used to terminate the offending process in this case.
--incognito Causes the browser to launch directly in incognito mode.
--allow-running-insecure-content By default, an https page cannot run JavaScript, CSS or plug-ins from http URLs. This provides an override to get the old insecure behavior.
--user-data-dir Specifies the user data directory, which is where the browser will look for all of its state.
--load-extension Loads an extension from the specified directory.
--no-startup-window Does not automatically open a browser window on startup (used when launching Chrome for the purpose of hosting background apps).
--allow-file-access-from-files By default, file:// URIs cannot read other file:// URIs. This is an override for developers who need the old behavior for testing.

Read forward to learn how to add argument switches to the Google Chrome profile.

Google Chrome Backup details screen shot

  • Right click on a profile and click on the menu item Details of the profile.

Google Chrome Backup preferences screen shot

  • A window opens up, where you can see the path and size of a profile.
  • You can also access the switch list and by right clicking on a switch list you get another menu. Click Add menu item.

Google Chrome Backup switches screen shot

  • Another window will show where you will select and add swithes to a profile. Some switches need an additional value, like a -proxy-server.
  • Click Save.

Google Chrome Backup switch icon screen shot

  • Profile icon will now have + on it, which means it contains one or more argument switch.
7. Chromium, Canary and Comodo Dragon support

From version 2.1 Google Chrome Backup supports three other builds, Chromium, Canary and Comodo Dragon. It will try to find them on your PC automatically, otherwise you will need to use Settings to point to their location. Also the profiles might not be add automatically.

Google Chrome Backup settings icon screen shot

  • Click on a Settings icon on the toolbar.

Google Chrome Backup settings screen shot

  • The Settings window opens up. Then click Show Browser Paths.

Google Chrome Backup browsers screen shot

  • Here you can specify paths to executable files of three browsers. All browsers are detected automaticaly. If for some reason the path is blank and you know you have it on your computer, then add it manually.
  • Click on browse button at the appropriate browser path field to point to an executable.
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