Recently I tried to reset my google-chrome settings by deleting ~/.config/google-chrome which I hoped would then sync with all the settings I have on my other computer.

Now, however, I can only see my bookmarks. I can't add any more bookmarks, and one add-on ( adblocker ) appears next to my address bar, but gives an error.

I've tried

sudo apt-get purge google-chrome-stable

and then reinstalling and nothing changes.

Any ideas?

  • what is the output of ls ~/.config/google-chrome
    – Maythux
    May 22, 2015 at 8:15

2 Answers 2


you can either create a new browser user profile

Enter the following directory in the text field:

  • Locate the folder called "Default" in the directory window that opens and rename it as "Backup default."
  • Try opening Google Chrome again. A new "Default" folder is automatically created as you start using the browser.

Or create a new user

  • Sign in to Chrome.
  • In the upper right corner of the browser window, click the button for the current user. It may show that person's name, email, or an icon like this Sign in.
  • Click Switch Person.
  • At the bottom of the window, click Add Person. If the new person signs in to Chrome with a Google Account, he or she will see synced bookmarks, apps, extensions, and other browsing data on the computer and will be able to sync any future changes.

source https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/2364824?hl=en

  • Thank You! For future readers, I had a little trouble and I had to "remove" my google account about four times, each time also removing the Default directory until I was signed in to chrome as "You". Then it allowed me to sign in again and have all my settings synced.
    – Eric Power
    May 26, 2015 at 23:52
  • @EricPower you are welcome friend
    – Maythux
    May 27, 2015 at 5:31

For me, I had to uninstall gnome-shell-integration with:

sudo apt-get purge chrome-gnome-shell

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