Not many people have issues with losing their browsing history. After all, why would you care if you never want to see your past search results again? But, when you delete your browsing history on Google Chrome, you delete all the websites you’ve visited.
And maybe you’re looking for a particular website from a few days ago. Unfortunately, you have already deleted your history. So, how do you recover deleted history on Google Chrome Mac?
Hi, I’m Andreas, and I use Google Chrome on Mac for all of my browsing habits. I’ve used Chrome for as long as I can remember, and I can’t count how many times I’ve had to go into history to check a particular website I’ve visited.
When you delete your history, you lose the ability to go back and see your past search results and websites you’ve visited. Or have you? I’m here to tell you that there are ways to recover deleted history on Google Chrome Mac.
Here is how.
Easy Steps to Recover Deleted History on Google Chrome Mac
There is more than one way to recover your deleted browsing history. I will show you all the ways to do it so you can retrieve vital information that would seem insignificant to others. So, let’s see your options.
Method 1: Using Time Machine
The first method involves using the Time Machine—a Mac-native feature that takes snapshots of applications and allows you to recover data, including your browsing history from Google Chrome.
Here is how to use it.
Step 1: Go To “Finder” and look for “Time Machine.” Once you find it, click on it.
With Time Machine open, you will see a list of snapshots taken by your Mac. These are backups and can store plenty of information, including Chrome browsing history. Search for a snapshot with the Google Chrome application and click on “Recover.”
The Time Machine feature is enabled by default. This means you can always recover deleted browsing data.
Cookies are tiny programs that store information on your browser. For example, you can enable cookies to store information such as your browsing history. But, again, this method won’t work if you don’t have cookies enabled beforehand.
Step 1: Launch Chrome and click on the three vertical dots in the top-right corner.
Step 2: Click on “Settings” and “Privacy and security.”
Step 3: From the list of available options, click on “Cookies and other site data.”
Step 4: Look for the “See all cookies and site data” option.
You will then see all the websites that your Chrome browser has stored cookies from. So while you won’t be able to completely restore your browsing history, you can at least see which websites you’ve visited and have allowed access to cookies.
Method 3: Using Google Account
Since you’re using Google Chrome as the native browser on Mac, chances are you’re already logged in to your Google Account while browsing. This makes it easier to recover deleted history by viewing “My Google Activity” from your Google Account.
With this method, you can recover your browsing history and your bookmarks as well.
Here is how to do it.
Step 1: Launch Google Chrome and log in to your Google Account by visiting https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity.
Step 2: Once on your Google Activity page, click on “Web & App Activity.” Scroll down where it says “Manage all Web & App Activity.”
Step 3: Click on it, and you’ll see all your browsing history on your Google Account.
I should mention once again that this method will only work if you’re signed in to your Google Account and only before you’ve deleted your browsing history.
Method 4: Using Data Recovery Software
The last method involves using third-party software. Fortunately, there are plenty of Mac data recovery tools to help get your browsing history back. While I won’t make a recommendation, I will point out that these work excellently.
If all previous methods don’t work, you can use third-party software to get the job done. But what I would recommend is to do your due diligence and find the right software for your needs.
Even if the recovery market is overloaded with tools and software, it doesn’t mean every software will work. Some are great, while others don’t work.
That concludes this guide on recovering deleted history on Google Chrome Mac. As you can see, there is more than one way to recover deleted browsing history.
Unfortunately, you need to have some of these methods enabled beforehand if you hope to use them successfully.
As a caveat, data recovery software can recover lost browsing data without needing to allow options or controls previously.
But in most cases, software such as this costs money, so It might be wiser to focus on the three other methods to recover deleted history on Google Chrome Mac.