Are the bookmarked websites on your Google Chrome browser displayed with a generic globe icon or no icons at all? If so, then this guide is for you.

In this article, we will teach you how to restore the bookmark favicons in your Chrome browser.

Why Don’t Bookmarks Show Up in Chrome for Windows 10?

A website on your bookmark list should have a unique image or favicon, distinguishing it from the others. However, there are times when the favicon would appear missing or replaced with the icon of another site.

A reason for such unusual behavior is that you might have recently imported the bookmark list from a different browser to Google Chrome. In the process, Chrome might pick one of the websites’ images and duplicate it for the others, especially if the cache files are corrupted.

Another possible reason why Chrome is showing the wrong bookmark icons is that you might be using an outdated version of the browser. According to some users, there is a known bug causing the issue in version 74 of the browser.

Besides, you may also experience the issue if an extension is making Chrome malfunction.

Whatever the case is, below are some easy workarounds we recommend for you to try.

Simple Workarounds for Restoring Favicons in Google Chrome

  1. Uninstall unnecessary browser extensions

In-app extensions usually require permission to access and write changes to website data, including the favicons. The implications can be severe if some of the extensions installed are unstable.

Your first step should be to mark unneeded and suspicious extensions and delete them. See the steps below:

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. Click the three vertical dots in the upper right corner.
  3. Next, click on More tools > Extensions.
  4. Under “Extensions”, right-click on the extension you wish to uninstall and select the Remove option.
  5. Repeat the steps for all the other extensions you have marked fit for removal.

After that, refresh your bookmark list and see if your bookmarks are now shown with their original icons.

  1. Get rid of malware

In most cases, the primary cause of the bookmark feature not displaying the right icons might be the activity of virus programs.

The reason? Each time Chrome is launched, two files – Favicons and Favicon-Journal – are automatically created. The two get corrupted if malware is hidden in the cache files, and there may be so many of them that you would have a hard time trying to fish it out yourself. And the longer it remains on your PC, the more damage it will cause to your system.

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  1. Enable the bookmark sync feature

If the favicons failed to appear after importing your browser data to a different web app from Chrome, it’s likely that the browser does not allow syncing across sites. Here is how to activate the sync function:

  1. While the Chrome browser is still running, click on the Profile option.
  2. Then, log on to your Google account.
  3. Now, click “Turn on Sync”, confirm your account and click “Yes, I’m in”.
  4. Again, refresh the bookmark list and see if the proper icons are beginning to display next to each website.

(Note: If the solution fails to work, you should try importing the bookmarks once again).

  1. Update your browser

If the issue persists, you may want to review the version of the browser installed on your device. A missing favicon on the bookmark list of Chrome is an old issue, meaning that users of the recent versions don’t experience the problem.

Since the issue was first experienced, two versions of the Chrome browser (v75 and the more recent v76) have been released. Merely installing either of the two might fix the problem at once.

Here is how:

  1. Open the Chrome browser and click on the More button.
  2. Under the menu, look for an update notification icon in the upper right corner, then click on it.
  3. You will be directed to the page where you can install the updated version of Chrome.
  4. After the installation is finished, launch the app and check if the unusual behavior is resolved.

How to Fix Google Chrome Not Loading Favicons for Some Sites: A Bonus Fix

If the problem remains unresolved after trying all of the tips above, there is one last fix you can try. The only problem is that this method may not work if malware programs are affecting your file system. So, you will still be required to run an anti-malware program after all to check for malware.

After running a full malware scan, follow the procedures below:

  1. First, open Google Chrome and click on the More button in the upper right corner.
  2. Then, click on “More tools”.
  3. Now, find the “Clear browsing data” button and click on it.
  4. On the next screen, highlight the items you want to be removed and click “Clear data”.
  5. Then, restart the browser and continue with the next steps.
  6. Go to this folder location:

C:\User\Appdata\Local\Chrome\UserData\Default

  1. Copy the auto-generated files (Favicons and Favicon-Journal) and paste them into a new folder.
  2. Lastly, relaunch the browser, and then check if the issue has been fixed.

(Note: You may have to reopen some of the bookmarked sites to get a better result with this method).

Conclusion

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