How do I restore browsing history?

Answered by Michael Wilson

To restore browsing history on Google Chrome, there are several methods you can try. I will walk you through each method step by step, so you can choose the one that works best for you.

Method #1: Check Your Google Account Activity
1. Open a new tab in Google Chrome.
2. Sign in to your Google Account by clicking on your profile picture or initial in the top right corner.
3. Once signed in, click on the “Google Apps” icon (nine dots in a grid), and then select “Account.”
4. In the Account menu, click on “Data & personalization” in the left-hand sidebar.
5. Scroll down to the “Activity and timeline” section and click on “My Activity.”
6. You will now see a list of your recent activity. Use the search bar at the top to search for specific websites or pages you want to restore.
7. If you find the desired website or page, click on it to view more details. You can then click on the three vertical dots at the top right corner and choose “Visit” to open it in a new tab.

Method #2: Use the Chrome History Page
1. Open a new tab in Google Chrome.
2. Press the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + H” (or “Command + Y” on a Mac) to open the Chrome History page.
3. On the left-hand side, you will see a list of dates. Click on a date to view the browsing history for that day.
4. If you find the website or page you want to restore, simply click on it to open it in a new tab.

Method #3: Use the “Restore Previous Versions” Option for Your Google Folder
1. Open the File Explorer on your computer.
2. In the address bar, type “%AppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\” and press Enter.
3. You should now see a folder named “Default.” Right-click on it and select “Restore previous versions.”
4. A list of previous versions of the folder will appear. Select the most recent version before you deleted your browsing history.
5. Click on “Restore” and wait for the process to complete.
6. Once done, open Google Chrome, and your browsing history should be restored.

Note: This method requires you to have enabled the “File History” feature on your computer. If you haven’t set it up, you can do so by following these steps:

1. Go to the Control Panel on your computer.
2. Click on “System and Security” and then “File History.”
3. Connect an external hard drive or select a network location to save your file history.
4. Click on “Turn on” to enable File History.

Method #4: Use DNS Cache
1. Open the Command Prompt on your computer by pressing the Windows key + R, typing “cmd,” and hitting Enter.
2. In the Command Prompt window, type “ipconfig /displaydns” and press Enter.
3. A list of websites you have recently visited will appear. Look for the website or page you want to restore.
4. Once you find it, note down the IP address associated with it.
5. Open Google Chrome and type the IP address directly into the address bar and press Enter.
6. If the website or page is still available, it will load, and you can bookmark it for future reference.

Method #5: Reinstall Google Chrome
1. Before proceeding with this method, make sure to backup any important data, bookmarks, or passwords you have in Chrome.
2. Uninstall Google Chrome from your computer by going to the Control Panel, selecting “Programs,” and then “Programs and Features.” Find Google Chrome in the list, right-click on it, and choose “Uninstall.”
3. After uninstalling Chrome, restart your computer.
4. Download the latest version of Google Chrome from the official website and install it.
5. Once installed, open Chrome and sign in to your Google Account. Your browsing history should be synced and restored.

Method #6: Cookies
1. Open Google Chrome and click on the three vertical dots in the top right corner.
2. Select “Settings” from the dropdown menu.
3. Scroll down and click on “Advanced” to expand the advanced settings.
4. Under the “Privacy and security” section, click on “Content settings.”
5. In the Content settings, click on “Cookies.”
6. Enable the option “Allow sites to save and read cookie data.”
7. Restart Google Chrome for the changes to take effect.
8. Visit the website or page for which you want to restore browsing history. If the website uses cookies to store browsing history, it may be restored.

These methods should help you restore your browsing history on Google Chrome. Remember to try them one at a time and see which one works best for you. Good luck!