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4 Ways to Restore the Previous Session on Chrome

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Google Chrome is the default web browser for most users, and it is the most used web browser in the world. However, there are times when you are doing some important research work and have multiple tabs open on your Chrome browser, but then your browser, for some unknown reason, crashes, or you accidentally close down a tab. In this situation, you may want to restore all the previous tabs, or you may want to restore a tab that you browsed a few days back. Don’t worry, and we have got your back with our guide on how to restore the previous session on Chrome. You can easily restore the tabs if you ever accidentally close them.

How to Restore the Previous Session on Chrome

4 Ways to Restore the Previous Session on Chrome

We are listing down the ways for restoring your tabs on your Chrome browser. Here is how to restore Chrome tabs:

Method 1: Reopen Recently Closed Tabs in Chrome 

If you accidentally close down a tab on Google Chrome, you cannot find it again. Here is what you can do:

1. On your Chrome browser, make a right-click anywhere on the tab section.

2. Click on Reopen closed tab.

Click on reopen closed tab | How to Restore the Previous Session on Chrome

3. Chrome will automatically open your last closed tab.

Alternatively, you can also use a keyboard shortcut by pressing Ctrl + Shift + T to open your last closed tab on PC or Command + Shift + T on a Mac. However, this method will only open your last closed tab and not all the previous tabs. Check out the next method to open multiple closed tabs.

Also Read: Fix Chrome Keeps Opening New Tabs Automatically

Method 2: Restore Multiple Tabs 

If you accidentally quit your browser or suddenly Chrome closed all your tabs due to a system update. In this situation, you may want to reopen all your tabs again. Usually, Chrome shows a restore option when your browser crashes, but other times you can restore your tabs through your Browser history. If you are wondering how to restore closed tabs on Chrome, you can follow these steps:

On Windows and MAC

If you use your Chrome browser on your Windows PC or MAC, you may follow these steps to restore recently closed tabs in Chrome:

1. Open your Chrome browser and click on the three vertical dots at the screen’s top-right corner.

Click on the three vertical dots at the screen's top-right corner

2. Click on History, and you will be able to see all the recently closed tabs from the drop-down menu.

Click on history, and you will be able to see all the recently closed tabs

3. If you wish to open tabs from a few days back. Click on history from the drop-down menu under History. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut Ctrl + H to access your browsing history.

4. Chrome will list your browsing history for your previous session and all the preceding days.

Chrome will list your browsing history for your previous session | How to Restore the Previous Session on Chrome

5. To restore the tabs, you can hold down the Ctrl key and make a left click on all the tabs you wish to restore.

On Android and iPhone

If you use your Chrome browser on an Android or iPhone device and accidentally close all the tabs, you can follow these steps if you don’t know how to restore Chrome tabs. The procedure for restoring the closed tabs is pretty similar to the desktop version.

1. Launch your Chrome browser on your device and open a new tab to prevent overwriting the currently open tab.

2. Click on the three vertical dots from the top-right corner of your screen.

Click on the three vertical dots from the top-right corner of your screen

3. Click on History.

Click on History

4. Now, you will be able to access your browsing history. From there, you can scroll down and restore all your closed tabs.

Also Read: How to Delete Browsing History on Android Device

Method 3: Set up an Auto-Restore Setting on Chrome 

Chrome browser can be fascinating when it comes to its features. One such feature is that it allows you to enable the Auto-restore setting to restore the pages during a crash or when you accidentally quit your browser. This Auto-restore setting is called ‘continue where you left off’ to enable through Chrome settings. When you enable this setting, you don’t have to worry about losing your tabs. All you have to do is restart your Chrome browser. Here is how to open closed tabs on Chrome by enabling this setting:

1. Launch your Chrome browser and click on three vertical dots at the top-right corner of the screen to access the main menu.

2. Go to Settings.

Go to Settings | How to Restore the Previous Session on Chrome

3. Select the On start-up tab from the panel on the left of your screen.

4. Now, click on the Continue where you left off option from the middle.

Click on the ‘Continue where you left off' option from the middle | Reopen Recently Closed Tabs

Since, by default, when you launch Chrome, you get a new tab page. After you enable the Continue where you left off option, Chrome will automatically restore all the previous tabs.

Method 4: Access Tabs from other devices

If you open some tabs on a device and later wish to open the same tabs on another device, you can easily do it if you are signed in on your Google account. Your Google account saves your browsing history regardless of your switching devices. This feature can come in handy when you wish to access the same website from your mobile phone on your desktop. Follow these steps for this method.

1. Open the Chrome browser and click on the three vertical dots at the screen’s top-right corner to access the main menu.

Click on the three vertical dots at the screen's top-right corner | Reopen Recently Closed Tabs

2. From the main menu, click on History and then select History from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can use Ctrl + H to open your browsing history.

3. Click on tabs from other devices from the panel on the left.

4. Now, you will see the list of websites that you accessed on other devices. Click on it to open the website.

Click on list of websites to open it | How to Restore the Previous Session on Chrome

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. How do I restore the previous session in Chrome?

To restore the previous session on Chrome, you can access your browsing history and reopen the tabs. Open your browser, and access the main menu by clicking on the three vertical dots from the top-right corner of the browser window. Now, Click on the history tab, and you will see the list of your websites. Hold the Ctrl key and make a left click on the tabs that you wish to open.

Q2. How do I restore tabs after restarting Chrome?

After restarting Chrome, you may get the option to restore the tabs. However, if you don’t get an option, you can easily restore your tabs by accessing your browser history. Alternatively, you can enable the ‘Continue where you left off’ option on Chrome to restore the pages when you launch the browser automatically. To enable this option, click on the three vertical dots at the top-right corner of the screen to access the main menu>settings>on start-up. Under the On start-up tab, select the option ‘Continue where you left off’ to enable it.

Q3. How do I restore closed tabs in Chrome?

If you accidentally close one tab, you can make a right-click anywhere on the tab bar and select a reopen closed tab. However, if you want to restore multiple tabs on Chrome, you can access your browsing history. From your browsing history, you will easily be able to reopen the previous tabs.

Q4. How do I undo closing all tabs on Chrome?

To undo closing all tabs on Chrome, you can enable the Continue where you left off option in the settings. When you enable this option, Chrome will automatically restore the tabs when you launch the browser. Alternatively, to restore the tabs, go to your browsing history. Click Ctrl + H to open the history page directly.

Q5. How to restore chrome tabs after a crash?

When Google Chrome crashes, you will get the option to restore pages. However, if you don’t see any option to restore the tabs, open your web browser, and click on three vertical dots from the top-right corner of the screen. Now, move your cursor over the history tab, and from the drop-down menu, you will be able to see your recently closed tabs. Click on the link to reopen the tabs.

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We hope that this guide was helpful and you were able to restore the previous session on Chrome. If you still have any queries regarding this article, then feel free to ask them in the comments section.

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Pete Mitchell

Pete is a Senior staff writer at TechCult. Pete loves all things technology and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has a decade of experience writing how-tos, features, and technology guides on the internet.

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