How to Recover Deleted Chrome History

Tracy King updated on Dec 21, 2018 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


Did you lose important Chrome browsing history? Learn how to find your deleted history in Google Chrome. This tutorial offers three effective methods to recover deleted history from Google Chrome with ease.

If you mistakenly deleted your Chrome browsing history and have lost all of your important Chrome bookmarks you be at a complete loss thinking about how to get them back. This can sometimes occur even from the most innocent-seeming processes like losing your Chrome history after updating Google Chrome. 

Luckily, all of these complex Chrome history loss problems can be fixed. Three methods will be detailed in this article: EaseUS software offers an effective, easy-to-use solution to find and recover your deleted Chrome history. Additionally you can use a built-in Windows tool or a tool in Google Chrome itself to recovery your history. 

Solution 1: Use DNS Cache to recover deleted Chrome browsing 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 next steps to access your deleted Chrome browsing history by using DNS now:

  • Step 1: Press Windows + R, type cmd and click OK. Or, you can also type cmd in the Windows search bar.
  • Step 2: Open Command Prompt, type ipcongif /displaydns and click Enter.

Recover Chrome history files.

Once you complete these steps, all your recently visited websites will be displayed. You can view all of your recent browsing history 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 will not be able to recover your full Chrome history, unlike the next two solutions.

Solution 2. Restore Chrome browsing history from Google History

If you have a Google account, whenever you lose your Chrome browsing files or Bookmarks, you can get them back via Google History. Google History will reinstate all of your browsing history, including Bookmarks, that is 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.

Solution 3: Use data recovery software to recover lost history on Google Chrome

Most often, when you delete Chrome history files and bookmarks on your PC, you can navigate to the path below to find the backup files of Chrome history/bookmarks:

Google Chrome: C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\local storage(or Bookmarks).

However, if you also lost the backup files on your computer, you'll need professional data recovery software to step in and help. Our recommendation is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard - a tool for retrieving lost data and files. Download it for free and follow the next three steps to retrieve deleted Chrome history:

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard > Select the location where Chrome is installed and click Scan > Preview and select the discovered Chrome history/bookmark files to restore them.

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Tip: Avoid losing Chrome browsing history/bookmarks altogether

To prevent unexpectedly losing Chrome browser files again, back up your Chrome history manually:

  • Step 1: Press Win + R to open the Run dialog, type: %LocalAppData% and press Enter.
  • Step 2: Navigate to the path: Google\Chrome\UserData\Default, and locate the file Bookmarks or History in the folder.
  • Step 3: Copy the file folder of Bookmarks or History to other hard drive or storage to back up.
  • Step 4: If you lose your history or bookmarks in the future, you can copy the backup files to the folder that you have opened in Step 2. Back up often to keep a recent restore point.

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Frequently Asked Qusetions

1. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

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2. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

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.

3. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

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