Google Chrome keeps your browsing history in a well-maintained manner. So that, whenever you have to look into it, you’ll get it easily. There are different methods with the help of which you can look into your browsing history on mobile as well as on the desktop. In this article, we will show you different ways to view Chrome browsing history on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices.
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View Chrome Browsing History in Desktop and Mobile
- Use menu to view history
- View history with command URL
- Use shortcut keys to access history page
- Click thumbnails to access historically viewed pages
- Check history in Chrome Android app
- View history in Chrome iOS app
1. View History from Menu
When you are inside Chrome, you will see ‘Customize and control Google Chrome’ button at the top-right corner. Click on that.
Now, you’ll see the ‘History’ option. Hover your cursor on that and more options will appear. Now, Click on ‘History’.
You’ll see a new page showing all your browser history which you have done in past. Double click on any of the available links to open the site in a Chrome new tab.
2. View History Using Command URL
You can also view your Chrome history by simply opening a new tab, type ‘chrome://history’ command URL in address bar and pressing enter. The next you’ll see the history page in front of you.
3. Using Shortcut Keys
We have explained in a separate article how to reopen the closed tabs. Simply pressing ‘Command + Shift + T’ in Mac and ‘Control + Shift + T” keys in Windows will open the last webpage from the history. You can press these shortcut keys again and again to reopen the pages from history in reverse chronological order (the last historical item will open first).
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4. Thumbnails History
On both desktop and mobile versions, Chrome will show thumbnails or favicons on the new tab page. These thumbnails are the recently accessed pages shown from the history. So, you can click the thumbnails to open the website faster.
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5. View History on Chrome Android App
If you are an Android user, open Chrome and start typing “chrome://history” in the address bar and press ‘Enter’. The history page will be open in front of you. Sadly, in iOS, this won’t work.
Alternatively, on Android app you can access history from the menu. Tap on options from the top-right corner of Chrome.
Now, tap on history button and you will see all your browsing history on mobile from there.
You can also tap on the ‘Recent tabs’ to view the history of recently closed tabs in Chrome app.
6. View History in Chrome iOS and Android Apps
On Chrome iOS app, tap on the three dots option button on the bottom right corner. Select ‘History’ from the menu to view the history.
Bonus – Filtering History on Desktop
When you hundreds of webpages in the history, you need to use the search box on the top to filter the page you need. On the search box you can enter either keywords or website URL. Otherwise click on the three dots button showing next to the URL. Select ‘More from the site’ to automatically filter the webpages visited only from that website.
Wrapping It Up
Chrome allows different ways to access the browsing history as explained above. These methods will help you to open your favorite pages quickly. In addition, you can also bookmark a page in Chrome and sync with your Google account. In this way you can open the bookmarked page on all your devices.
very good explanations, easy to follow
I don’t thinks its hard to find browser history;
I’m signed in with Chrome on a Mac, iPhone and iPad but only the first two are sharing histories. As far as I can see the settings are identical on all three devices. Any suggestions?
It shows the day but not the time. How do you see the time the web page was visited?
My browsing history only reaches the past few days; how can I view my browsing history/opened tabs within the past few weeks (<90 days)? The myactivity feature wasn’t active, so that’s not a route for me to take.
I can’t see my phone history on my laptop, do I have to enable something in my phone?
Step 5 says when I click on the green dots, I should have the option for “history”. I do not. I have iPhone XS Max. What now?
Step 5 is for Android app and not for iOS app. As mentioned in step 6, on iOS Chrome app, tap on the three dots button on the lower right corner and select “History” option. This will show all your history. This works on iOS, no matter iPhone XS Max or other models.