How to Recover Deleted History on a Mac for Google Chrome or Safari

Your browser history contains some important information regarding the websites you have visited. As you surf the web, your browser keeps track of sites you access and appends them to its history file. Of course, you can save sites you want to revisit with a bookmark, but sometimes we don’t realize we will want to return to a site and don’t bother. Then, if your history gets deleted,  you are left scrambling trying to remember where you’d been. If you were engaged in any kind of serious research, this can be a big problem.

Recovering a Deleted Browser History

We are going to show you how to recover a deleted history on Mac for Google Chrome browsers. We will also show you how to recover your deleted history on Mac for Safari users. Here are some methods that may be able to help you recover a deleted browsing history on your Mac.

How to Recover Chrome and Safari History on a Mac with a Google or Safari Account

Let’s look at the built-in safety measures provided by Google and Apple through your accounts.

First, we will investigate recovering your Safari history with your Apple iCloud account. This procedure presumes that you are syncing the folders on your Mac with iCloud.

  1. Open from your Safari web browser.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID.Sign in with your Apple ID
  3. Click Settings.Click Settings
  4. Under the Advanced section, click on Restore Bookmarks.restore bookmarks
  5. Choose the bookmarks you want to restore and click Restore. You can recover bookmarks deleted in the past 30 bookmarks and restore

For Chrome users who have synced their bookmarks to a Google account, the following procedure can be used to restore them.

  1. Start Chrome on your Mac or MacBook.
  2. Click the profile icon in the top-right corner and log into your Google Account.add your google account
  3. Click the three dots in the top-right corner of the browser and choose Settings.
  4. Go to You and Google and Turn on sync.turn on sync
  5. Your bookmarks will be restored to your browser from your Google Account.

How to Restore Deleted Safari and Google Chrome History on a Mac with Software

Data recovery software can be used to recover a deleted browser history file. This can be extremely useful if you have lost or deleted your Chrome or Safari browser history. Use the following procedure to recover the lost items with Disk Drill data recovery software.

  1. Download and install Disk Drill for Mac. Don’t perform the download and installation on the disk that contained the browser history to protect it from being overwritten or corrupted before you can recover it. We suggest using a USB stick for the download and installation.install disk drill
  2. Launch Disk Drill and select the disk with the lost history file from the list presented in the app’s main window.
  3. Click the Search for lost data button to start scanning the disk for deleted files. You can limit the search for specific files and use the actual file names. For Safari, search for history.db located in the /Users/<your name>/Library/Safari folder. If you are recovering a Chrome history, use this folder: /Users/<your name>/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default and look for the History.db file.start scan with disk drill
  4. Preview the recoverable files and make your selection.preview find files
  5. Click Recover and you will be prompted to select a safe storage location for the recovered files and recover
  6. After choosing a safe location, click OK to complete the recovery. The files will be restored to the folder you path and restore files

This procedure will only work if the files in question have not been overwritten. You can also recover a deleted Firefox history on Mac with this procedure, or virtually any other file that has been deleted but not overwritten.

Recover Deleted History from Google Chrome or Safari on a Mac Using Cookies

Here’s how to use Cookies to recover a deleted browser history. You can use the information contained in the cookie to find sites you have visited.


  1. Open Chrome and then select Settings from the three-dot menu in the upper right corner.go to settings chrome
  2. Click on Privacy and Security.
  3. Select Cookies and other site data.Select Cookies and other site data
  4. Scroll down and select See all cookies and site data.Scroll down and select See all cookies and site data
  5. Click on the cookie to locate the website URL.
  6. Expand the cookie details on the next page. You’ll see the URL under Domain.You’ll see the URL under Domain


  1. Launch Safari and click on the word Safari in the top-left corner.
  2. Select Preferences.go to preferences safari
  3. Choose Privacy and then Manage website data.Choose Privacy and then Manage website data
  4. All cookies from visited websites will be displayed. While this is not exactly the same as a bookmark, you can use this information to identify websites you want to revisit.cookies safari

How to Retrieve Deleted Safari and Chrome History on Mac by Restoring from Time Machine

If you use your Mac’s built-in backup and recovery tool Time Machine to make backups of your system, you should be able to use the app to retrieve a deleted Safari or Chrome browsing history. You will need the name of the file that stores the browsing history.

Safari stores its history in a file named history.db located in the /Users/<your name>/Library/Safari folder.

Chrome stores its history in the history.db file located in this folder: /Users/<your name>/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default.

With this information in hand, use the following procedure to restore the history files with Time Machine’s backup media.


  1. Close Safari.
  2. Open Finder and select Go -> Go to Folder.go to folder finder
  3. Enter ~/Library/Safari and click the Go button.go to safari folder
  4. Scroll down and select the History.db file.
  5. Click the Time Machine icon located in the Menu Bar and select Enter Time Machine.enter time machine
  6. Search for a version of the History.db file that may hold your lost Safari browsing history.
  7. Click Restore to restore the selected file.restore with time machine


  1. Close your Chrome browser.
  2. Open Finder and select Go -> Go to Folder.
  3. Enter ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default and click the Go button.
  4. Scroll down and locate the History.db file.history chrome
  5. Click the Time Machine icon located in the Menu Bar and select Enter Time Machine.
  6. Search for a version of the History.db file that may hold your lost Chrome browsing history.
  7. Click Restore to restore the selected file.

How to Check History on Safari and Google Chrome

You can easily view or check your history on these two popular web browsers using the following simple steps.


  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click on the History tab on the menu bar.history safari

Google Chrome

  1. Launch Chrome.
  2. Click the three dots in the top-right corner of the browser.
  3. Select History.history google chrome

Tips for Successfully Recovering Lost History on a Mac

Here are a few tips that may be useful for recovering your lost browser history on a Mac.

  • 💽 Back up your Mac using Time Machine. It’s a built-in backup and recovery tool that can be a lifesaver when disaster strikes. You should get into the habit of regularly backing up your Mac and its valuable data. The few minutes you spend backing up your Mac can save you from many frustrating hours down the road.
  • ⏳ Attempt the recovery as soon as you discover the history has been lost. If you need to use data recovery software, it is essential to perform the recovery before the deleted file has been overwritten.
  • 🔄 Sync your bookmarks using your Google Account or Apple’s iCloud for additional protection against accidentally deleted files.


Losing your browsing history can be a problem, but with the methods described above, you have a good chance of getting it back. The key is to act promptly before the lost files are overwritten by new data. Even a reliable tool like Disk Drill cannot recover lost files that have been overwritten by new information. We again stress the importance of regularly backing up your Mac as protection against losing history files or other important information from your computer.


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