Google Chrome is the most widely used web browser (according to the social analytics firm Shareaholic; Google Chrome had a market share of 36.68% in September 2013 which is more than Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera combined), we all love using Chrome as it’s very fast and it has very few to no crashes unlike the other browsers. But odds do happen and sometimes you delete your browsing history by mistake (or on purpose to hide it from that sniffing IT guy at your work place) and now you want to recover your browsing history. It turned out to be a relatively easy job to recover your Chrome deleted web history. You shall find here two simple ways to recover your deleted browsing history.
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First Method: Using System Restore:
Any operating system has a system restore option. The user can use this option to make the operating system return to a previous setting after a certain malfunction. This option will be used here to restore the Chrome browser history, the following explanation is for the Windows user:
Step 1: Backup all of your data before proceeding with the following steps as the system restore you’re going to make will delete any document, photo or any other change you’ve made to your operating system till the time/date you’ll chose to restore your data.
Step 2: Go to the Start Menu and in the search bar type System Restore, click on the System Restore icon that appeared in the search results.
Step 3: You’ll then be prompted with a window to choose the point in time which you want to restore. Select a time/date which predates the time/date of deleting your Chrome browser history then click on restore.
The computer will restart and you’ll be able to find your deleted Chrome history.
Second Method: Using Data Recovery Software:
This method is based on the fact that the history of the Google Chrome browser is saved on your computer in the following directory:
Windows Vista (and Win 7): C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\ User Data\Default
Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\
When you delete the browser history you delete the history files and cache files found in this directory, so you can retrieve these file using data recovery software.
This method is the safest way to recover your deleted browsing history (as it doesn’t require a system restore), but it’s very laborious. There are many data recovery tools available for Windows, Mac and Linux (some of these tools are paid and others are free). These tools are used to recovery any type of data (documents, photos, videos, registry files, etc.) you’ve deleted from your hard disc drive/flash drive. If you’re a Windows user you can use one of the following free tools:
The following free tools work for Windows/Mac/Linux:
The explanation here will be based on Recuva (the steps done here will be similar to all of the other tools) as it’s a small size and it’s the most convenient to use:
Step 1: After downloading and installing the software, you’ll be prompt with a window in which you choose the drive you want to scan (in our case the drive where the operating system is installed C, D, E depending on the installation directory of the operating system).
Step 2: In the search bar found on the top right section type C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default for windows 7 and Vista or C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\ for windows XP; and this is the directory of Google Chrome browsing history. Again the letter “C” or “D” will depend on the operating system installation directory. Normally it would be in C.
Step 3: Click on the Scan button on the top left corner. Scanning might take a while depending on the drive size and system configuration.
Step 4: When the scan is over, you shall find a list of your cache and history that you should restore to its directory. After restoring the files to its original location, the next time you open your Google chrome browser you should be able to find your browsing history.
Finally, there are many utilities that can help you recover and manage your browsing history (if you install them before you delete your history). One of these tools is Google Chrome Backup, which is a free tool that creates a backup of your Chrome profile which includes (passwords, history, bookmarks, etc.). This tool is very important for you as a Chrome user as it’ll help you manage all of your Chrome personal information.