How to Recover Deleted Chrome History

Tracy King updated on Sep 16, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


You may lose your Chrome history by intentional or unintentional deletion, Windows update or other unknown reasons. Is it possible to recover deleted history on Google Chrome? Yes, you can recover Chrome history with the three effective solutions in this tutorial. Read to see details.

How to recover deleted history on Google Chrome? Check the three quick accesses to recover deleted history Chrome.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Use DNS Cache Press Windows + R > Type cmd > Open Command Prompt and type ipconfig /displaynds...Full steps
Fix 2. Restore from My Activity Search Google History > Click "Welcome to My Activity - Goole" > Sign in with your Google account...Full steps
Fix 3. Restore from Backup Check Chrome history from local backup C:/Users/Name/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome...Full steps

If you've mistakenly deleted all your Chrome browsing history, or if the Chrome history is lost because of Windows/Google Chrome update or other unexpected causes, you may be at a complete loss, and don’t know how to recover Chrome history.

But don't panic. In this post, we will show you how to recover deleted history on Chrome in three simple ways: recovering with Command Prompt, restoring from My Activity, or using Chrome backups. If the Chrome backup is lost, you can apply data recovery software to restore the backup file and continue to recover Chrome history. 

Method 1: Use DNS Cache to Recover Deleted Chrome History

Keep your computer connected to the internet and do not shut down or restart your computer after you lose your Chrome history. Follow the steps below to recover deleted Chrome browsing history by using DNS now.

Step 1. Press Windows + R, type cmd and click "OK". Or, you can type cmd in the Windows search bar.

Step 2. Open Command Prompt, type ipconfig /displaydns, and press Enter.

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Once you complete these steps, all your recently visited websites will be displayed. You can view all of your recent browsing histories on Chrome, and copy & paste the important websites into Chrome where they will be saved once more. 

This solution, however, will only show your recent browsing activity and can't recover your full Chrome history. If you dislike this solution, move to the next one.

Method 2. Restore Chrome Browsing History from My Activity

If you have a Google account, you can recover Chrome history with the help of My Activity. Google History will show you all of your browsing histories stored in your Google Account. Let's see how to recover deleted Chrome history via Google History.

Step 1. Search Google History  > Click "Welcome to My Activity - Google".

Step 2. Sign into your Google account.

Step 3. Then all of your browser/internet history files will be displayed along with the date/time. Browse your history as needed. 

Restore deleted Chrome history from Google Account.

Method 3. Recover Deleted Chrome History from Backups

When you are browsing pages in Chrome, the histories will be saved automatically on your local computer. If you clean the history in Chrome, the local records will be removed simultaneously. However, as long as you have made a backup of the local history database before you delete the history in Chrome, you can find the backup file and recover Chrome history by importing the records.

The path of local backup of Chrome history:

Google Chrome: C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\

You can back up the local history file to another place on your computer or any storage device. If you lost the backup files as a result of careless deletion, device formatting, or other reasons, you still have the chance to recover the backup through professional data recovery software.

How to Recover Deleted Chrome History Backup

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard helps you retrieve lost data and files without cost. You can use this power data recovery program to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10 with a few clicks. 

Now, download this tool and follow the next three steps to retrieve deleted Chrome history.

Step 1. Select a location and start scanning.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition, external hard drive, USB, or memory card where you want to perform erased data recovery, and then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select the files you want to recover.

When the scanning has finished, select the deleted files you want to recover. Double-click the file to preview its content if you need to.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data.

After choosing the data, click "Recover" and choose a location on another drive to save the deleted data.

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Most times, you need to re-browse the previous pages in Chrome. To make it easier and quicker, you can access the Chrome history to find the records directly. To prevent unexpected loss of history due to deletion, it's necessary to for you to back up the Chrome history and do so regularly. If you don't want to back up the Chrome history manually, you can use schedule backup software for automatic backup. 

More Frequently Asked Questions to Recover Deleted History Chrome

1. Can you recover deleted history on Google Chrome?

Yes, after reading this tutorial, you’ll find three ways to recover deleted Chrome history: either using CMD, My Activity, or recovering from backups.

2. How can I retrieve deleted browsing history?

How to find deleted history on Google Chrome by using cmd:

Step 1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog.

Step 2. Type cmd into the text box and click on the OK button to confirm. ...

Step 3. Type the command – ipconfig /displaydns – and then press Enter on the keyboard.

Step 4. Wait a moment for the command to complete.

3. How do I restore my Google search history?

Step 1. Click "Start," select "Programs" and choose "Accessories." Next, click "System Tools" and select "System Restore."

Step 2. Click "Restore my computer to an earlier time." Click "Next."

Step 3. Select the date and time from which you want to restore the history from the calendar that appears on-screen. Click "Next." The system restore will begin. When it is complete, your computer will be restarted.

Step 4. Click "OK" when you see the confirmation message once your computer boots up. Your Internet Explorer Google search history has now been restored.

4. How do I recover a deleted cache in Chrome?

Open Chrome, type About:cache into the address bar and press “Enter.” A page will appear showing a list of cached files and their addresses. Press the Ctrl +F on your keyboard at the same time to open the find bar to find and recover a deleted cache in Chrome. 

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Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

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A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

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The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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