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Open Chrome . You’ll usually find it on the home screen or in the app drawer.
Enter the address of the site you want to visit. To do this, tap the URL bar at the top of the screen, type the URL, then tap ↵ Enter on the keyboard. This opens the website.
- Tap the back button again to go back another page.
- Tap the square with a number in it at the top-right corner of Chrome to view your other tabs. If you’re looking for a site you opened during another session, you’ll likely find it here.
What Happens When You Reset Google Chrome?
You might ask: “Is it safe to reset Google Chrome?” If you are worried about the consequences of resetting your browser, we’ll point them out for you below.
Note that in Chrome, you can create multiple user profiles so that each user will have its own settings, bookmarks, history, and extensions. When you reset Chrome, only the profile that you are currently logged into will be affected. Therefore, if you have two profiles, say User 1 and User 2, and you are logged into User 2, the changes that occur due to resetting your browser will only affect User 2. Let’s take a look:
- Home Button and Home Page: Resetting Chrome to the factory state will disable the home button.
The home button is displayed on the left side of your address bar (URL bar). When you click on it, a new tab page opens. You can also customize it to open any web address of your choice.
When the button is removed after you’ve reset Chrome, you can go to Settings > Appearance > Show Home Button to enable it again.
If you have previously set a web address for the home button, it will still be there after resetting Chrome. You then only have to select the URL instead of the New Tab page in the Chrome Settings.
- Sync Service: When Google Chrome is reset, you are logged out from your user profile’s Google account and the sync service gets turned off. You may be presented with a notification that says, “Sync is paused”. You’ll have to sign in again to enable it.
- Search Engine: Google is the default search engine for Chrome. If you have switched to a different search engine, your default option will be set back to Google again after you reset your browser. To choose the search engine you prefer after the reset, go to Settings > Search Engine and click the drop-down menu beside the option that says: ‘Search engine used in the address bar’.
- Cache and Cookies: Temporary data, such as cached files and cookies, will be wiped off when you reset Chrome. When cookies are cleared on your browser, you will be logged out from any website on which you are signed in. Also, items in your carts on various websites will be removed. However, your saved passwords will not be deleted from Chrome.
Tip: If you want to clear your cache and cookies manually, go to Chrome Settings. Click the ‘Advanced’ drop-down and scroll down to Privacy and Security. At the bottom of the section, you’ll find ‘Clear browsing data’. Click on it and then select the items you want to clear by marking the corresponding checkboxes. If you want to see more items, switch from the Basic tab to the ‘Advanced’ tab. Once you are done, click the Clear Data button.
- Startup Pages: When you power on your computer and launch Chrome, you are presented with the startup page(s) – you get the New Tab page, continue where you left off when you last opened your browser, or open a specific page or set of pages. You can set Chrome to do any of the above on startup. However, the default option is to open the New Tab page. So, if you are using any of the other options, when you reset Chrome, the startup option will be reverted to the New Tab page.
To choose what happens on startup, simply go to your Chrome Settings. Scroll down to the bottom to find the ‘On startup’ section and then select the option you prefer.
- Pinned Tabs: When you reset your Chrome browser back to the factory settings, your frequently visited websites will no longer be pinned.
- Site Permissions and Content Settings: When you visit certain websites, you may have to grant access to your PC’s camera, microphone, and location and give other permissions, such as to save cookies and site data, show pop-ups, and more. These are referred to as site settings. When you reset Chrome, your site settings will be restored to their default values.
To change these settings, go to Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and expand the ‘Advanced’ drop-down. Then click on Site Settings under Privacy and Security.
- Themes and Extensions: Chrome allows you to install third-party extensions to get access to additional functions that are not built into the browser. If you have any extensions installed on your browser, resetting Chrome will disable them. However, they will not be removed from your browser, and neither will any customizations you’ve made be altered. After resetting Chrome, you will have to enable your extensions again. To do so, go to the Chrome menu and click on More Tools > Extensions. There you’ll find all the extensions that have been installed on your browser. Click the toggle on each one to enable it.
Likewise, if you have changed the Chrome default theme, it will be restored after you reset the browser. To change it back, go to Settings. Click on Themes under the Appearance section.
Now, it is important to mention that a reset will not remove your browsing history, bookmarks, or saved passwords. Also, your downloaded files will not be deleted.
As for the appearance settings, your font size and page zoom settings will remain the same. Also, if you have opted to show or hide the bookmarks bar, the setting will be unchanged.
We’ve already stated that your site settings and browsing data will be affected when you reset your browser. However, other settings, such as accessibility, printer, and download location settings, will remain the same.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way and you know what happens when you reset your browser, keep reading to find out how to get rid of unwanted redirects in Google Chrome and completely fix other bothersome issues.
Google Chrome gives you the ability to sync all of your browser settings across all devices you use. This is a big deal because you will be able to access all relevant browser content, bookmarks, settings, and data across everything from smartphones to desktop computers.
Have you found that completing the steps above gives you more freedom on other devices? Do you back up and synch data on any other browsers?
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How to Restore Google Chrome User Data
When the time comes to restore your user profile in Google Chrome, the way to do this depends on how you backed up your data. If you used your Google account, the process is as simple as logging in with your new browser installation, and Chrome will automatically download all the data you backed up.
In the future, if you want to make Google forget what it knows about you, you can follow our guide on how to erase your Google history. Google claims this will delete all the information it has stored on you, but given the company’s less-than-stellar record on privacy, it’s hard to trust it on this.
If you manually backed up your profile, you need to navigate to the same folder as described above in the “manual backup” section. Once there, rename the “default” folder to something else, such as “defaultOLD,” and then paste your backed-up folder in the same location. The next time you start Chrome, you will be automatically signed into your recovered profile.
Video Tutorial on Chrome Android Navigation
Watch this video demo to learn backward and forward navigation in Chrome for Android. You can also list the recent website history by using the back soft button.
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Restoring History to a Previous Version
Even with File History enabled on your computer, how exactly do you restore your Chrome’s History file to a previous version?
Here are the steps for doing so:
- Navigate to C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default, where Username is to be replaced with your own username. You can just type this address in File Explorer’s Address bar and press Enter to go there directly.
- Right-click on the History file and select Properties.
- Switch to the Previous Versions tab. If File History is enabled on your computer (and the external drive is connected), it shows all the backed-up versions of the file by their respective dates. Select the version you want to recover and select Restore.
Backing Up Your Google Chrome History
There are a variety of methods for backing up your Google Chrome history, from Google’s built-in functions to external backups on your end.
The easiest way, of course, is to rely on Google sync to do the hard work for you. While this works pretty well, it is rendered useless if you accidentally cleared all of your data on Chrome.
That is where local backups come in handy. Whether you use File History or just copy-paste the MySQL database, you can use that backup to restore your browsing history to its old state quite easily.
And in case all else fails, you can always use Google Account Activity to obtain a record of your web activity on Chrome.