How to Recover Deleted History in Google Chrome

Have you ever accidentally deleted your browsing history in Google Chrome? Do you wish you could recover a list of the sites you’ve visited?

Fortunately, there are multiple ways to recover your deleted history. We’ll show you how to do this on your desktop, iPhone, and Android device in this article.

How to Recover Deleted History in Google Chrome?

We’ve compiled a list of step-by-step methods that can help you recover your Chrome browsing history. Not all of them may work for you, so you should try each one. Hopefully, one of these methods will get the job done.

Check Your Google Account Activity

Since you’re using Google Chrome, you’re most likely logged in to your Google account at all times. If you check your browsing activity within your Google account, you will find the websites you’ve visited in the past.

Keep in mind that this process enables you to view your browsing activity.  Any browsing history you accidentally deleted will remain deleted from Google Chrome.

  1. Go to your Google account.
  2. Click on Data & personalization in the vertical sidebar.
  3. In the Activity controls tab, click Web & App Activity.
  4. Now, click on Manage activity.

The results are similar to your browsing history. In addition to visited web pages, you can also see what keywords you’ve used to search for in the past.

Note: If the setting “Include Chrome history and activity from sites, apps, and devices that use Google services” on the Activity controls page is unchecked, you won’t be able to access your Chrome history with this method.

Use the “Restore Previous Versions” Option for Your Google Folder

If you can’t access your browsing history by checking your Google account activity, you can restore your browsing activity within Windows Explorer.

  1. Open Windows Explorer and go to Local Disk (C:), the usual default location for app installations.
  2. Now, open the Users folder.
  3. Next, go to User. Note: Instead of User, you’ll see the name of the PC user.
  4. Then, open the AppData folder, you might have to show your hidden folders to see this.
  5. Now, navigate to Local.
  6. Next, right-click on the Google folder.
  7. In the pop-up menu, select Properties.
  8. Click on the Previous versions tab in the dialog box.
  9. Select the previous version that you want to restore and click Apply.
  10. Finally, click OK.

You’ve now restored your browsing history to the previous version.

Use a Data Recovery Software

If you don’t have a previous browsing version, you can recover it using a data recovery program. This method requires you to download and install a third-party app.

  1. Go to Recuva’s download page and click the Download button to get the free version.
  2. Open the folder where you’ve downloaded Recuva and run the installation.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. After you’ve installed Recuva, run the program.
  5. Select All files and then click Next.
  6. Select the specific location by using this path: “C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Google.”
  7. Click Next.
  8. Start the recovery and wait for Recuva to recover deleted files.
  9. Select the files related to your browsing history and restore them.

How to Use DNS Cache to Restore History?

Another way to restore your Google Chrome history is by restoring DNS Cache in the Command Prompt.

  1. Press the Windows key + R together to open the Run program, type in “cmd”, then and click OK.
  2. Now, type “ipconfig/displaydns” and press Enter.

With this method, you’ll gain access to your recent browsing history. A drawback is that you can see only the domains you’ve visited, rather than exact web pages.

Still, if this proves to be helpful, you can save these entries in the following way:

  1. Highlight the results you want to save with your cursor and press Ctrl + C to copy.
  2. Create a new Word or Notepad document and paste the results.
  3. Then, press Ctrl + V to paste.

How to Recover Google Chrome Deleted History on iPhone?

Before you download any third-party app for your computer and try extracting the file with your browsing history, there is a simple way you can view your Chrome browsing history.

If you signed in to Google Chrome with your Google account the first time you launched the app on your iPhone, you can access your browsing history from within your Google account.

  1. Open the Chrome app on your iPhone.
  2. Type in “My account” and then tap go.
  3. Click on the first search result and then tap Go to Google Account or Manage your Google Account if you’re already logged in.
  4. In the horizontal menu, tap on Data & personalization.
  5. Scroll down to the Activity controls section and tap on Manage your activity controls.
  6. Next, scroll down and tap Manage activity.

On this page, you’ll find your browsing activity. If you’re logged into other devices with the same Google account, you’ll see your browsing activity on those devices as well.

Recover Deleted Chrome History Using a Third-Party App

iPhone doesn’t give you the option to recover deleted Chrome history. You’ll have to connect your iPhone to your computer and use a third-party app.

  1. On your computer, go to the iBeesoft iPhone Data Recovery download page.
  2. Depending on your OS, click Download for Windows or Download for macOS.
  3. Now open up the downloaded file, click Run to continue the installation and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. Connect your iPhone to your computer.
  5. When the Trust this Computer? prompt on your iPhone appears, tap Trust.
  6. Launch the iBeesoft iPhone Data Recovery program on your computer.
  7. Select the Recover from iOS tab. You’ll find your iPhone here.
  8. Now, click Scan.

Once the scan process is over, find the file that contains your Chrome browsing history.

Note: If this software doesn’t work for you, download EaseUS and try recovering your deleted history again.

How to Recover Google Chrome Deleted History on Android?

The methods for recovering your deleted Chrome history on iPhone apply to Android devices as well. If you signed in to Chrome the first time you launched the app, you can access your browsing history through your Google account.

  1. Open the Chrome app on your Android.
  2. Type in “My account” and tap go.
  3. Click on the first search result.
  4. Tap Go to Google Account if not logged in or Manage your Google Account if you are.
  5. In the horizontal menu, tap on Data & personalization.
  6. Scroll down to the Activity controls section and tap Manage your activity controls.
  7. Next, scroll down and tap Manage activity.

Here, you’ll find the browsing history of your Google account across all devices, including your Android device.

Note: If you haven’t been signed in to your Chrome browser, you’ll have to use a recovery tool like EaseUS.

Additional FAQs

How You Can Recover Chrome History on Windows?

At the beginning of this article, we’ve described four ways you can recover your Chrome history. These include checking your Google account activity, restoring the previous version of your Google folder, using a data recovery tool, and using DNS cache.

You can apply either of these methods to your Windows PC and recover your Chrome history. Feel free to scroll up to the beginning of this article and see which method works for you the best.

How Do I View My Google Chrome History?

Sometimes you want to find a website you visited in the past. Google Chrome lets you view your browsing history and locate a specific web page.

1. Open your Chrome browser.

2. In the top-right corner of the screen, click on the three vertical dots.

3. Next, place your cursor over History.

4. Now, click on History in the extended menu.

You should be able to see a list of web pages. Scroll down to find the web page you want or type the name of its domain in the search bar and press “Enter.”

How Do I Check Google Chrome History After It Was Deleted?

If you’ve already deleted your browsing history in Google Chrome, you can still access it via your Google account. The only requirement is that you need to have been signed into Chrome with your Google account during the period you want to search your browsing history.

1. Go to your Google account.

2. Click on Data & personalization in the vertical sidebar.

3. In the Activity controls section, click Web & App Activity.

4. Click on Manage activity.

You can check your browsing history here. If you have more devices linked to your Google account, you’ll see the browsing history on all devices.

How Do I Delete Search History on Google Chrome?

If you don’t want to recover your browsing history but want to delete it instead, you can do so within the browser. Since we’ve explained how to recover your Chrome browsing history on PC, iOS, and Android, we’ll show you how to delete your search history on all three devices.

· Windows

1. Open your Chrome browser.

2. In the top-right corner of the screen, click on the three vertical dots.

3. Hover your cursor over History.

4. Click History in the extended menu.

5. Click Clear browsing data in the left sidebar.

6. Select the time range that you want to delete from your browsing data.

7. Check Browsing history and click Clear data.

· iPhone

1. Launch the Chrome app.

2. In the bottom-right corner of the screen, tap on the three horizontal dots.

3. Tap History.

4. Tap Edit and select the sites you want to delete from your browsing history.

5. Tap Delete.

Note: If you want to delete your entire browsing history, tap Clear Browsing Data… after step 3.

· Android

1. Launch the Chrome app.

2. In the bottom-right corner of the screen, tap on the three horizontal dots.

3. Tap History.

4. Tap the small x icon to remove a web page from your history.

Note: If you want to delete your entire browsing history, tap Clear Browsing Data… after step 3.

Recovering Deleted History in Google Chrome

Whether or not you do it intentionally, deleting your browsing history prevents you from finding web pages you’ve visited in the past. But now you know how to recover your deleted browsing history.

Not all the methods we described may work for you, though, so remember that your Google account keeps track of your browsing history. You can access your Google account on any device and find the web page you need.

Apart from this, we’ve shown you how to view and delete your search history. You can remove either individual web pages or your entire browsing history.

How did you recover your deleted history in Google Chrome? Did you find another viable method? Let us know in the comments section below.

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