How to Retrieve a Deleted Google History

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Google Chrome can access the settings from the System Restore tool to recover deleted history.

If you accidentally delete your history from Google Chrome's Web browser or if you want to check up on Internet surfing habits for your kids, only to discover they have deleted the history, you can retrieve the history using the System Restore tool available on Windows machines. Google Chrome saves your browsing history in a registry file that System Restore can access and use to bring your machine back to its state on the day that the history was deleted. The System Restore tool does not affect new documents, pictures or other data.


Step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Tool" icon in the upper right corner of the browser window. Click the "All History" button to find the earliest date for which there is history recorded. This tells you the date when the history was deleted.

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Step 2

Click the "Start" menu and enter "system restore" in the search field.

Step 3

Click the "System Restore" tool in the results field.


Step 4

Click the circle next to "Restore my computer to an earlier time" and click the "Next" button. Click the most recent bolded date in the calendar that comes up before the date the history was deleted in the first step. Click the restore point on the list for that date. Click the "Next" button.

Step 5

Save any of your work and close any open programs. Click the "Next" button and allow Windows to shut down and restart with the same settings before the date that the history was deleted.


Step 6

Launch Google Chrome from the Start menu and click the "Tool" icon in the upper right corner of the Web browser. Click the "History" option and scroll through the information.