How to Recover Deleted History on Mac Google Chrome or Safari

In this article, you can grasp two effective ways to recover deleted Internet history on Mac and also learn how to view history on Mac Google Chrome and Safari.

Can browsing history be recovered once it is deleted?

I erased my browsing history from my Google Chrome on Mac. But now I wanna get it back. How can I recover deleted history from Google Chrome? Is it possible to recover it?

The Internet browsing or search history on your Mac browser is probably the one thing that you do not care a lot about and neither does anyone else. We do not think twice before deleting our Internet history from Safari or Google Chrome, do we? However, this is not really the best thing to do. How many times has it happened that you forgot a particular website that you visited, but there was no way to know what it was since you deleted your search history? More than a few times at least. There are times when you may want to see what someone was doing on a Mac by checking the Internet browser history, and many other things. The bottom line is if the Chrome or Safari history is deleted, can you recover deleted history on Google Chrome or Safari? Here we will give you answer about how to recover deleted Internet history on Mac.

You can recover deleted Internet history on Mac, and there are no complicated steps involved in this! Let us go ahead and see some of the easiest and most effective ways on how to recover deleted Internet history on Mac. Before we move ahead, it is essential to know that the Internet history is stored on your Mac hard drive. So recovering the Internet history is like recovering data on Mac including Mac photo recovery or Mac file recovery.

Method 1: How to Recover Deleted Internet History from Time Machine Backup

Time Machine is an inbuilt utility on Mac PCs that can be used to back up and recover deleted or lost files on Mac. What makes Time Machine such a convenient way to recover deleted history on Mac? It does not require any installation, and can be used without configuring anything else on your Mac. To use Time Machine for getting back your deleted history on Mac, you just need to follow the steps as given ahead:

I: Ensure that Time Machine is ON

In case you have not switched on this feature yet, then you will need to go to the Time Machine menu, which can be found under Menu > Systems. If the switch is set to "Off", set it to "On" to enable Time Machine.

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II: Open Time Machine

Once Time Machine is enabled and set up on your PC, go to the Enter Time Machine option situated in the Time Machine drop-down menu. Once you select that, your Mac will connect to the backup location.

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III: Select the backup or snapshot that you are looking for

Once you have opened Time Machine, it will show you a list of all the snapshots and backups that it has taken. Within the windows that pop up, find the one that has Applications to get the snapshots taken from Safari or Google Chrome, and recover the deleted history from the "Recover" button given under it.

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Method 2: How to Recover Deleted History on Chrome or Safari Easily

If you are trying to recover deleted history on Mac, then Time Machine, though a handy option, may not be that effective in most cases. To recover deleted history on Mac with the most effective results, professional Mac data recovery software is what you need - and this is where Recoverit Mac Data Recovery comes in.

I: Recoverit Makes Browser History Recovery Easier

As a matter of fact, browser history recovery on Mac is quite easy if you have Recoverit. It utilize the all-around scan and deep scan algorithm to dig out your deleted or lost data on your storage device, piece them together and show you. It just takes 3 steps - select > scan > recover, and your deleted Internet search or browsing history can be retrieved within a few minutes.

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II: Video Tutorial on How to Recover Deleted Files on Mac

In this video, you can easily get to know how to recover deleted browser history from Google Chrome or Safari on Mac quickly and smoothly.


III: Steps on How to Recover Chrome or Safari History on Mac

Download and install Recoverit Data Recovery for Mac, and then follow the next steps to perform Internet history recovery on Mac. If you are working on Windows computer, please download Recoverit Data Recovery for Windows and follow the guide how to recover deleted files on Windows computer.

Step 1 Select the Mac hard drive with browser data

Launch Recoverit Browser History Recovery first. To recover Chrome history or Safari history, you need to select the location where the browsing or search data were lost or deleted. Click "Start" button to get started.

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Step 2 Scan the browser hard drive

Later, an all-around scan will be initiated on your Mac hard drive with Chrome or Safari Internet history. To restore the history data, please leave it scanning and wait for a while.

scanning the Chrome and Safari history

Step 3 Recover deleted history on Mac

After the scanning, you can select your Internet history files and click "Recover" button to get them back. For the sake of safety, you should put them in another safe location.

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With Recoverit Mac Data Recovery, you can get the deleted or lost data files back in simple steps. Download and try it for free now.


Bonus 1: How to Find and Check History on Mac

Where is my browsing history? Can you show me my browsing history?

If you do not delete or clear your Chrome or Safari history and just want to access the history, you can follow the below steps to get the desired results.

I: How to Check History on Safari

  1. Open the Safari and click Safari on the menu bar.
  2. From the drop-down menu, click "Preferrences" and go to "Privacy" tab.
  3. Here, you can view all the cookies. Click "Manage Website Data".
  4. You can see all the websites and browsing history on your Safari.
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II: How to View History on Chrome

  1. Open the Google Chrome and click "History" on the menu bar.
  2. Click "Show Full History" to view a list of Chrome browser history you recently visited or closed.
  3. You can also use the keyboard shortcuts - "Command + Y" to open the Chrome history.
  4. Search some keywords to help you find the wanted history more quickly.
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After the above steps, we believe that you propably manage to view browsing history on Mac Google Chrome or Safari. Find them deleted or lost? Go to download Recoverit Mac Data Recovery. It is able to recover deleted files, photos, videos and many more types of data within a few minutes.

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Bonus 2: Tips for Browser History Recovery on Mac

Using Time Machine or a Mac Data Recovery software like Recoverit Data Recovery for Mac surely comes across as an easy way to get back all your lost files. With these options, here are a few tips that you can follow to maximize your chances of recovering your deleted history:

  • Regularly backup all your important Mac data to an external location, including your Internet history.
  • When you recover your Internet history or any other file on Mac, do not recover it back to the same location where it was before deletion.
  • Avoid installing any unauthorized software or any third-party disk cleanup utilities.
  • Always properly switch off the Mac, as switching it off by taking off the power supply could cause data loss.
  • While using Recoverit Data Recovery to limit the memory area and file type to look for, if possible, to speed up results.

Thus, with these basic things taken care of, you will recover deleted history on Mac Google Chrome or Safari with ease and with the best positive results!

Note: Recover Lost Mac Data under Mac OS X 10.13 (High Sierra)

Due to macOS High Sierra (macOS 10.13) requirement, Mac users are not allowed an access to the built-in system drive from any apps. Therefore, if you need to restore lost data from the system disk under macOS 10.13, please "disable System Integrity Protection" first.

How to disable "System Integrity protection"? Please follow the steps below.

Step 1On hearing the startup chime, reboot the Mac and hold down "Command + R" keys simultaneously to boot OS X into Recovery Mode.

Step 2When the "OS X Utilities" screen appears, pull down the "Utilities" menu at the top of the screen instead, and choose "Terminal".

Step 3In the "Terminal" window, type in "csrutil disable" and press "Enter" then restart your Mac.

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