That’s how You Can Install Opera Without Losing Data

Never lose a thing the next time you install Opera

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  • Opera is a popular and lightweight Chromium-based browser.
  • It can run into issues due to a buggy update or a malfunctioning plugin. 
  • Reinstalling the browser is the best option to eliminate any issues. However, you run the risk of losing all your settings and date during the reinstallation process. 
  • You can easily backup and save all your data by following some simple and easy steps. 
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Opera is an excellent Chromium-based browser that’s known for its rich set of features and an excellent user interface. However, it is not without flaws, and you might face issues from time to time due to a failed update or a faulty plugin.

In such cases, you will have to reinstall your Opera browser to eliminate any issues. But during the reinstallation process, there are chances of losing all your settings and data. This includes your Speedials, Bookmarks, Passwords, Extensions, and Pinboards.

After installation, reconfiguring your browser to the initial state can be hectic and time-consuming. Hence, it is always recommended to backup your files before you update or install the Opera browser.

In this guide, we’ll go over the steps and learn how you can install Opera without losing data.

Where is Opera data stored?

Opera, like most of the software you install on Windows 11, the data is stored in the Appdata folder of your drive.

To view this data, you will have to open your file explorer and navigate to this path:

C:\Users\afamo\AppData\Local\Opera Software\Opera Stable

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Take note to replace afamo with your user name.

In this Opera Stable folder, you will find information like your cache data, extensions, history, etc.

Can you export Opera settings?

Like it is the case with most modern browsers, in Opera, you can export your settings. This way, when you reinstall the browser, you will not have to lose any of your precious data.


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How to install Opera without losing data?

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The procedures mentioned in the first two steps are for users who already have Opera installed in their system.

1. Backup your data and settings

  1. Close your Opera Browser and open Windows Explorer.
  2. Insert the address below in the windows address bar to open the Opera files directory (replace prana with your username).
    C:\Users\prana\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera StableOpera file directory address bar
  3. Select all the files and copy them to your desktop in an Opera Backup folder. Opera files
  4. Open Opera Browser and go to the Settings menu.How to go to OPera settings menu
  5. Under Basic settings, go to the Synchronization tab. install opera without losing data
  6. Open Advanced settings and ensure that it is set to Sync everything.Opera Sync Everything checkbox

2. Uninstall Opera

  1. Press Windows Key and search Control Panel in the search box. Control Panel Windows
  2. Open the Control Panel and click on the Uninstall a program option under the Programs tab. Control Panel - unistall a program
  3. Find Opera Browser and click Uninstall. install opera without losing data
  4. Tick the Delete my Opera user data checkbox and finally click Uninstall. Uninstall Window Opera

As you can see, these steps are simple to follow and resemble those that users apply when uninstalling Microsoft Edge from Windows 10/11, for example.

3. Install and set up Opera Browser

  1. Go to the Official Opera website and click on Download Opera.Opera Website
  2. Run the Opera Setup file and install the browser. Run Opera Window
  3. Open the Settings menu and click on Sign In under the Synchronization tab to log in with your Opera account. install opera without losing data

4. Copy the files to Opera File Directory

  1. Close the Opera Browser.
  2. Open the Opera backup folder you created in step 1 and copy all the files. Opera Backup folder copy files
  3. Open Windows Explorer and insert the address below in the windows address bar to open the Opera files directory (replace prana with your username).
    C:\Users\prana\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable
  4. Select all the files in the directory using Ctrl + A and paste the files. Then, replace all the files in the destination folder. Opera Copy and Paste backup files

That’s it. With these four steps, you have restored your browser to its original state. But, of course, it is always better to backup your Opera settings time-to-time to ensure that you can always go back to your initial setup in case of any issues.

How do I import Opera settings?

  1. Launch the Opera browser.
  2. Click on the Opera icon at the top left corner and select Bookmarks, then Import bookmarks and settings.
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  3. Select the browser you will be importing from using the dropdown list, select all the settings you want to import by ticking the corresponding checkboxes, then click on Import.
  4. Click on Done.
    install opera without losing data

As long as you follow these steps provided to the last detail, you will install Opera without losing any data. You will also be able to copy all your settings, including bookmarks, history, and more, from one browser to Opera in a few clicks.

On other browsers like Chrome, for instance, you may sync settings, and you can fix syncing issues in Chrome with our guide.

Let us know in the comments section below if you have any suggestions or alternative methods that worked for you.

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