How to transfer my history from Chrome to a new computer

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How to transfer my history from Chrome to a new computer
Chrome's browsing history tracks your travels across the Web. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, Google Chrome does not provide a one-click solution to transfer your browsing history to another computer. Your Chrome browsing history is stored in a specific set of files on your computer. Copying these files to a different machine is enough to transfer your history. The files themselves can be transferred via a USB drive or by email.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • USB drive

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Launch "File Explorer" from the Windows taskbar or "Start" screen on the computer you wish to copy your history files from. Open the "View" tab and ensure the "Hidden items" box is ticked.

  2. 2

    Navigate to the "C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default" folder. This assumes Windows is installed on the C: drive and that you are copying the history from the default user profile. Additional Chrome users have their own folders labelled "Profile 1," "Profile 2" and so on.

  3. 3

    Select all of the files beginning "History." How you transfer these files to the new machine is up to you -- you can copy them to a USB flash drive, for example, or attach them to an email and send them to another computer.

  4. 4

    Switch to the other computer and ensure Google Chrome is not running. Check in the notification area (or system tray) to make sure that Chrome is not running in the background -- if a Chrome icon is present, right-click and choose "Exit."

  5. 5

    Navigate to the "C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default" folder and delete any existing history files. Copy the files you identified on the old computer in their place.

  6. 6

    Restart Chrome and press "Ctrl+H" to access your history. The list of sites previously visited should now match those on your old computer.

Tips and warnings

  • Google Chrome enables you to sync password settings, bookmarks, extensions and more across multiple installations of the program using your Google Account. The feature does not presently include your browsing history, but it does include a history of searches run from the omnibox. This feature can be configured from the "Settings" page in Chrome.

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