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How to recover deleted history on Google Chrome using CMD:

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

2. Type cmd into the box and click the OK button to open the Command Prompt.

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

4. Wait a moment for the command to complete and recover deleted history Chrome. See more details...

Quick Navigation: Recover Deleted History on Chrome Windows 10

Other simple and useful ways to recover Chrome deleted history on Windows 10:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Recover deleted history from backup Check Chrome history from local backup C:/Users/Name/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome...Full steps
Recover history with DNS Press Windows + R, type cmd, and click "OK". Or, you can type cmd in the Windows search bar...Full steps
Recover history from My Activity Search Google History > Click "Welcome to My Activity - Goole" > Sign in with your Google account...Full steps
Restore Chrome deleted history from previous versions You can recover deleted history on Google Chrom from previous versions if you have enabled the File Backup option...Full steps

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

Don't panic. This post will show you how to recover deleted history in Chrome on Windows 10 using four ways: recovering with Command Prompt, restoring from My Activity, or using Chrome backups. If the Chrome backup is lost, you can use one of the best data recovery software to restore the backup file and continue to recover Chrome history. 

What's more, you will also learn how to recover deleted history in Chrome on Android and iPhone devices. Follow along.

Method 1. Recover Deleted History of Chrome from Backups

When you are browsing pages in Chrome, the history is saved automatically on your local computer. If you clean the history in Chrome, the local records are removed simultaneously. However, as long as you have made a backup of the local history database prior to deleting 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 due to accidental deletion, device formatting, or other reasons, you still have a chance to recover the backup through  EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

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

Step 1. Select a drive and start scanning

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and hover over the partition where you lost data. This could be an internal hard disk, external disk, USB, or SD card. Then, click "Scan".

select a location to scan

Step 2. Check and preview scanned files

Use the file format filter on the left or upper right corner to narrow the scan results until you find the files you need. Then, you can click the "Preview" button or double-click a file to preview its content, if you'd like. 

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data to a secure location

Click the checkbox next to the file and click "Recover" to restore the lost data to a secure place. We recommend that you do not store the recovered data on the disk where you lost it earlier.

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Method 2. Use DNS Cache to Recover Deleted History Chrome

Keep your computer connected to the internet. Do not shut down or restart your computer after losing your Chrome history. Follow the steps below to recover deleted Chrome browsing history by using DNS.

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

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

Recover Chrome history

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

However, this solution will only show your recent browsing activity and you can't recover your full Chrome history with it. If you do not prefer this solution, move to the next one.

Related reading: How to fix Google Chrome high RAM usage 

Method 3. Find Deleted History of Google Chrome 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

Step 2. Click Welcome to My Activity - Google.

Step 3. Sign in to your Google account.

Step 4. All of your browser/internet history files will be displayed along with the date/time.

Step 5. Browse your history as needed.

Restore deleted Chrome history from Google Account.

Method 4. Restore Deleted History on Chrome from Previous Versions

If you have enabled the File History feature on Windows 10, you can restore data from previous versions when you lose files. Learn how to restore deleted history on Chrome from previous versions below:

Step 1. Find your local Google Chrome location, which is usually C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Goolge\Chrome.

Your Google Chrome path can be different. You can type chrome://version/ in the Chrome address bar to see the detailed information of the storage path.

chrome history path

Step 2. Right-click on the User Data folder and select "Restore previous versions".

Step 3. Choose the version that contains the history you want. Click the "Restore" button to recover Chrome browser history.

Recover deleted Chrome history from previous version

How to Recover Deleted History on Google Chrome Android

Can you recover deleted history in Google Chrome on Android if you lost the browsing history due to accidental deletion? Well, you can recover deleted Chrome history on Android using the following simple steps.

This method works for the users who have a Google account and have turned on Google sync, which syncs all the browsing history in Chrome.

Step 1. Open a web page in Google Chrome and type this link:

Step 2. When you sign in to your Google Account, you will see everything Google has recorded from your browsing activity.

Step 3. Scroll down to Chrome Bookmarks. You will find all the browsing history that your Android phone has accessed, like bookmarks and apps.

Step 4. You can restore the deleted history in the form of bookmarks.

Note: If you do not have a Google account, you can't recover deleted Chrome history in this way. To restore deleted history in Chrome in such a condition, you can use professional  Android data recovery software - EaseUS MobiSaver for Android for help.

To recover data with this method, you must root your phone before starting the process:

Step 1. Connect your Android phone to the computer

Install and run EaseUS MobiSaver for Android and connect your Android phone to the computer with a USB cable. Then click the "Start" button to make the software recognize and connect your device.

Connect Android phone to PC and run EaseUS online data recovery software for Android

Step 2. Scan Android phone to find the lost data

After connected your Android phone, the software will quickly scan the device to find all the existing and lost data. You can easily find the lost files you want by choosing the correct file types.

Scan Android phone with EaseUS online data recovery software for Android

Step 3. Preview and recover data from Android phone

Preview all the recoverable files and select the items you want to recover quickly. Then, click the "Recover" button to get the selected files back once.

Preview and recover data with EaseUS online data recovery software for Android

How to Recover Deleted History on Chrome iPhone (2 Ways)

Can you recover deleted history on Google Chrome iPhone? You can try the following two ways.

1 - Recover Deleted Chrome History from Website Data

Step 1. Open your iPhone and go to "Settings" > "Safari".

Step 2. Tap Safari, scroll down to the bottom, and tap on the "Advanced" option.

Step 3. Find and tap "Website Data". You will find some of your deleted browser history listed there.

Step 4. You can recover deleted history on Chrome as you need.

recover chrome history on iphone

2 - Recover Deleted History on Chrome with iPhone Data Recovery Software

You can try iPhone data recovery software to recover deleted Chrome history from iPhone, iTunes, or iCloud.

Step 1. Choose Recovery Mode

Connect iPhone to your PC and launch EaseUS MobiSaver. Select "Recover from iOS Device" on the left, and click "Start".

Recover Safari Bookmarks/History from iPhone - 1

Step 2. Scan iPhone for Safari Bookmarks/History

EaseUS MobiSaver will automatically scan iPhone/iPad/iPod, and find Safari bookmarks and history for you.

Recover Safari Bookmarks/History from iPhone - 2

Step 3. Preview and Restore Safari Bookmarks and History

Tick "Safari Bookmarks" or "Safari History" on the left. Choose specific bookmarks and history you'd like to recover. After selection, click "Recover to PC" or "Recover to Device" to begin the recovery.

Recover Safari Bookmarks/History from iPhone - 3


Many times, you need to re-open the pages that you visited previously in Chrome. To do that, you often access the Chrome history to find the records directly. To prevent unexpected loss of this history due to deletion, it's necessary for you to back up the Chrome history and to continue to do so regularly. If you don't want to manually back up the Chrome history, you can use  schedule backup software for automatic backup. 

Recover Deleted History Chrome FAQs

Here are a few questions related to how to recover deleted history in Chrome. If you also have any of these problems, you will find the solutions here.

Can you recover deleted history on Google Chrome?

You can use one of four ways to find deleted history in Google Chrome:

  • Make use of DNS cache to recover lost Chrome history
  • Restore deleted Chrome history via Google History
  • Recover deleted Chrome history from local backups
  • Restore Chrome history to the Previous Versions

How can I retrieve deleted browsing history?

How to find deleted history in Google Chrome by using Command Prompt:

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

Step 2. Type cmd in 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.

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" and then click "Next."

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

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.

How do I recover deleted cache in Chrome?

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

Can you retrieve deleted text history?

It's possible to retrieve deleted text messages on Android and iPhone devices. You can use a reliable iOS or Android data recovery program to help yourself. Try EaseUS Android data recovery or iOS data recovery software to do it with ease. See: 

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