[HOW TO] Manually Backup/Restore/Transfer your profile to another device 🖥↔💾↔💻

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    [UPDATED ON Mar 13, 2019]

    Recently Some time ago, I have finally found the motivation to copy my Vivaldi profile from my PC to my Tablet, where I also use the Vivaldi browser. I was surprised how easy it turned out to be - though not everything about it was so obvious and that's why I decided to share some tips on how to easily backup/restore or transfer your Vivaldi profile between various devices or separate Vivaldi installations.

    First of all, you need to find out what is the path to your "User Data/Default" folder, as it contains all the data that you need to back up (with the little exception of passwords & login data, but more on that later):

    1. Go to: vivaldi://about.
    2. Check the "Profile Path" entry.
    3. Navigate to that folder and go one directory up, so that you can see the Default folder.
      For example, if your profile path is C:\Programs\Vivaldi\User Data\Default, just go to C:\Programs\Vivaldi\User Data.

    💡 PREPARATION (before you begin): 💡

    🔁 You can use the Sync feature (vivaldi://settings/sync/) to sync your passwords. If you use Sync or extension like eg. LastPass to back up your passwords, then simply skip steps 1-7 and 10:

    1. Go to vivaldi://flags/#PasswordExport.
    2. Enable the "Password export" feature. Don't restart your browser yet.
    3. Go to vivaldi://flags/#PasswordImport.
    4. Enable the "Password import" feature.
    5. Restart Vivaldi.
    6. Go to chrome://settings/passwords, click on the three dots button () next to "Saved Passwords" and choose "Export".
    7. ❗ WARNING ❗ Exported passwords are saved in plain text. That means anyone who gains access to that file can read all of your passwords. You should keep that file safe and remove it as soon as you no longer need it.
    8. To keep your backup file smaller, you can clear all browsing data & history (Menu > Tools > Clear Private Data) before proceeding (optional).
    9. If you want to have your backup file smaller but also prefer to keep your browsing data & history, you can just back up your profile first and then clear the private data. Then make another backup of your profile (with no browsing data). Now you can restore the first backup to get your browsing data & history back and use the other backup to transfer your profile to another device (optional).
    10. Once you're done, you can disable the password import and export feature - repeat steps 1 through 5, selecting "Default" or "Disabled" each time (optional).
    11. If you use custom thumbnails for your Speed Dial, you'll have to back them up separately.

    📥 BACK UP your profile:

    1. Close Vivaldi.
    2. Copy the Default folder onto another drive/directory or ZIP it with 7-Zip or similar software.
    3. Copy your exported passwords separately (preferably packed in a password-protected archive - it won't be unhackable, but it's better than no protection at all).
    4. Copy your custom thumbnails (if you have any) and make sure to remember the exact path of the folder in which you store them (assuming that you keep them all in one location).

    📤 RESTORE your profile:

    1. Close Vivaldi.
    2. If your profile is corrupted or you lost some data that you'd like to recover now, you can delete your current Default folder (you can create another backup first, just in case) and then restore your old copy of the Default folder.
    3. If you're restoring your profile after a system reinstall, you'll have to import your passwords manually and install all of your extensions again (as described below).
    4. If you use custom thumbnails for your Speed Dial, you have to put them in the same location as they were on the profile from your backup or add each one of them manually through the browser.

    📂 TRANSFER your profile to another device:

    1. Install Vivaldi if it's not on your device already.
    2. Make sure you know the path of the Vivaldi profile on your new device (check above).
    3. Make sure that you're transferring data between the same versions of Vivaldi (compare the versions on vivaldi://about/). You should be good copying your data from Stable release to Snapshot, but I wouldn't recommend doing it the other way around.
    4. Close Vivaldi and wait for all of its processes to stop.
    5. Delete the Default directory and put the one that you copied from your other device in its place (but keep a separate copy of it - you might need it in steps 10-11).
    6. Start Vivaldi. If you use Sync to transfer your passwords/extensions, go to step 12.
    7. Go to chrome://settings/passwords and import your passwords - click on the three dots button () next to "Saved Passwords", choose "Import" and point to the file with your exported passwords.
    8. Go to the Extensions page (Menu > Tools > Extensions or vivaldi://extensions).
    9. Click on "Get More Extensions".
    10. Download and install all the extensions that you need on this device. If you had them installed on the other profile, all of their settings should be restored automatically as well.
    11. If you forgot some of the extensions that you had on your other profile or can't find them in the store, go to the Default folder from your backup and navigate to the Extensions catalogue. There'll be a bunch of folders with long names. Copy the name of each folder and just search for it using Google. It should give you a link to the Chrome Web Store page of that extension.
    12. If you use custom thumbnails for your Speed Dial, you have to put them in an identical location as they were on the other device or add each one of them manually through the browser. If you can't recreate the exact path on this device, then you have to add them manually.

    Until we get some sort of a proper data backup/restore (import/export) feature in Vivaldi or until the sync feature is fully implemented* I think this should be enough to do it on our own. 🙂

    You can easily sync some single files (like Bookmarks, Notes or Sessions) manually. You can do it by copying certain files from the Default folder. Here are some of them:

    Bookmarks: This contains bookmarks and Speed Dials information.
    Notes: This contains notes information.
    Sessions: This contains saved tabs sessions.
    Web Data: This contains autofill data.
    Current Session: This contains data on open tabs.
    Other files and their roles are described here.

    ❗ Warning ❗ Using a copy of your profile in another Vivaldi installation with enabled Sync may result in broken "remote sessions". More information / solution here.

    * Since the release of Vivaldi 2.0 Sync is available in all versions of the browser. Some settings are still not being synced, so if you want to make a full profile transfer, you might still need to resort to the methods described above.

  • Moderator

    I haven't tested this severely (especially on other systems than Windows), so you might stumble upon some issues that I haven't mentioned here. If so, please let me know, so that we could fix it.

    If you should have any thoughts/ideas/suggestions on how to improve this tutorial, don't hesitate to tell me. 🙂 I hope that we could use it later as a reference for anyone who might need it. I've seen some tutorials on this topic already, but all of them were incomplete - that's why I urged myself to create this one. 😁

  • @pafflick
    That's all practically a wrap. 👍

    One thing.
    In Windows, all extensions setting (especially in Preferences file) will set like
    Linux or Android will be

    Transferring Chromium/Chrome data from Windows to Android tablet might make a party.

    ref: https://www.chromium.org/user-experience/user-data-directory

  • Ambassador

    @pafflick Nice work. Thank you. I've bookmarked this for when I need it.

  • Moderator

    @pafflick Really a good article for less-experienced users and newbies who need to backup/restore the profile.

    You should get a 🏆 for this. 🙂

  • Very thorough description (maybe too thorough). For the less fussy, I have now transferred my profile a number of times and simply do the following:

    • Install Vivaldi somewhere, run it and close it
    • copy the "User" directory from another installation (I usually use a standalone installation on my USB key)
    • run Vivaldi again and just re-do the bits that are broken (passwords, extensions)

    Apart from slowly re-submitting passwords when I first use the sites again, the whole thing takes about five minutes.

  • @mossman
    For IT adept your explanation would be enough. So, it's fine

    For others & the most users, step by step review actually needed.

  • @pafflick said in [HOW TO] Backup/Restore/Transfer your profile (User Data) to another device 🖥↔💾↔💻:

    Bookmarks: This contains bookmarks and Speed Dials information.

    Does this also export the nicknames of the sites I've created ? ☺

  • I just realize this.

    In "Import Bookmarks and Settings" dialog, there's Vivaldi option.
    It seems we can import Bookmarks, Password & History.
    And we can choose from another person session or from another folder.

    Some poor soul want to test it?

  • Moderator

    @JuniorSilva30 Yes, you can copy just the Bookmarks file (along with its backup, that is Bookmarks.bak) and your bookmarks will be imported with their nicknames & descriptions (if you used them). Some of the bookmarks thumbnails might be missing, though.

  • @pafflick Thanks for the info! I'll make a backup of my favorites because I do not want to lose my nicknames!

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    @mossman Yeah, I know that for a power-user such tutorial may be too thorough, however, I believe that a power-user won't need such tutorial anyway... 😉

  • @pafflick yeah, I just thought I'd throw the "abridged version" out there for those who can do it that way instead.

  • the export function no longer works has the option disappeared

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  • Though the forum gave me option to make a new thread, I found that moderator updated his first post.

    I copied the user data folder and pasted it on the specified folder after a format of Windows 7. Now saved password section does not show any password saved.

    But on the log in page, I can see the usernames are being suggested. But no password.

    Like in Opera v12, passwords are saved as wand.dat, does Vivaldi do it ?

  • @rudra-b
    Hi, Vivaldi use the Windows ID for decode too and if you reinstall Windows from scratch you get a new user ID.
    No way to encrypt you password, I fear.
    Do you have a Vivaldi installation on a different computer?
    Then you can use Vivaldi sync to get your password back.

    Cheers, mib

  • Moderator

    @rudra-b The instructions are in the top post. If you did not export your passwords to a safe space before you formatted Windows 7, you have lost them. You now have a new Windows user profile, and Vivaldi can only read the passwords within the same profile where they were originally stored by Vivaldi. It is as though you have moved them to a different computer. Vivaldi can no longer read them because the user profile encryption key has changed.

    Edit: If you were synced to another installation on another machine, you can recover the passwords through sync.

  • Moderator

    @rudra-b No, it's different in Vivaldi (or Chromium, on which Vivaldi is based - in general). You have to export your passwords first and only then you can get them back. The wand.dat file in the old Opera was handy, but at the same time, it was easy to crack. Chromium uses a safer method of encrypting your passwords, but if you don't export (or sync) them before removing your profile, you can't get them back.

  • It would be quite easy to script this. Alas, I don't wish to spare the time right now. Perhaps someone could? It would definitely be a popular script. Perhaps it could even be done as a Chrome/Vivaldi extension. Look at how many views this post has.

    ->> Austin

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