How to Restore All Tabs in Google Chrome

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Have you been working on your project all day only to accidentally close the Chrome tab you really need? We understand that losing track of your work is never a pleasant experience.

In this article, we'll explain how to restore your tabs so you can get back to work in seconds. Whether you're an iPhone, iPad or Android user, we've got you covered.

How to Restore All Tabs in Google Chrome

Chrome has been an all-time favorite browser app for many people, and chances are you will too.



Searching for information on this navigation application has become an essential part of our daily life. However, accidents happen to even the best of us. You may have accidentally closed an important tab. Or maybe Chrome crashed on you for no apparent reason.

The good thing is that Google Chrome keeps your browsing history for you, so you can quickly restore any closed tab at any time.

How to Restore All Tabs in Google Chrome on iPhone

Maybe you were looking for a recipe on your iPhone, but got distracted by a link your friend texted you. Before you know it, your recipe is gone before you even had time to take a screenshot.

But no worries, you can just restore that tab and any other tabs you accidentally closed on your iPhone. Just follow these simple steps:

Restore Recently Closed Tabs in Google Chrome on iPhone

  1. Launch Chrome on your iPhone.
  2. Click on the three horizontal dots in the lower right corner of the screen. This will open the options menu.
  3. Look for the "Recent Tabs" option in the list.
  4. You'll see a list of all the recent sites you've visited. Just tap the one you're looking for and Chrome will open it for you. By default, Chrome will open it in a new tab.

Restore Tabs via History in Google Chrome on iPhone

But what if you want to restore a tab that you closed a week ago or even earlier? In this case, you will not be able to find your tab in the "Recent Tabs" section.



This is when you check your history. Fortunately, this is a relatively simple process.

  1. Launch Chrome on your iPhone.
  2. Click on the three horizontal dots in the lower right corner of the screen. This will open the options menu.
  3. Look for the "History" option.
  4. Just scroll down until you find the website you were looking for.
  5. You can access the website by tapping on it.

punchline: If you want to find a website that you visited seven days ago, but have surfed the Internet a lot since then, you can delete the history of the last six days. This will speed up the process of restoring your tab.

How to Restore All Tabs in Google Chrome on iPad

If you are struggling to restore lost tabs in Google Chrome on your iPad, you have come to the right place. Chrome tracks all of your browsing history on your iPad (or any device you use your Google Account on), making it relatively easy to recover your accidentally closed tabs.

  1. Launch Google Chrome on your iPad.
  2. Open the menu. These are the three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of the browser interface.
  3. Tap "Recent Tabs".
  4. You will now see a list of all the tabs you have opened recently. Just search for the one you need and tap on it.

Chrome will now open this website in a new tab.


How to Restore All Tabs in Google Chrome on Android

Restoring your lost tabs in Google Chrome to your Android device is a fairly simple process.


If you are looking for tabs that you just closed, follow the steps below. If you are looking for a website that you visited a long time ago, follow the next method.

Restore Recently Closed Tabs in Google Chrome on Android

It only takes three steps to restore your recently closed tabs in Chrome:

  1. Launch Chrome on your Android device.
  2. Look for the three vertical dots to open the Chrome menu. It's in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Look for the "Recent Tabs" option in the drop-down menu.
  4. You will now see a list of all the tabs you have recently opened. Just search for the one you need and tap on it.

Note: You will only be able to see the five most recent tabs here. If your tab is not listed, click "Show full history".

Restoring tabs via history in Google Chrome on Android

You may be looking for a website that you visited a week ago. In this case, your quickest option would be to browse your Chrome history on your Android device.

  1. Launch Chrome on your phone.
  2. Tap the menu for more options. These are the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of your screen.
  3. Look for the “History” option and tap on it.
  4. You will now be able to see your browsing history by days. Just scroll down to the date you opened your tab and look for it there.
  5. Tap the tab to open it again.

punchline: If you remember some of the keywords in your tab, you can save time and find the tab under History.



How to Restore All Tabs in Google Chrome after Restart

Restoring your tabs in Google Chrome after reboot is quite simple. Chrome does a great job keeping your tabs even after a crash.

Whether you just need to restart or run your Chrome after a crash, we're here to help. Just follow these simple steps and you'll be back on track before you know it:

  1. Launch Chrome on your PC or Mac.
  2. Tap the three vertical dots to open the menu. It's in the upper right corner.
  3. Head to the “History” option and hover over it so that the drop-down menu will appear.
  4. You will see a list of your recently opened tabs.
  5. Below this option, you will see another one showing a number of open tabs from the previous session. It should say "x tabs", where x is the number of tabs included in your session.
  6. Just click on it and Chrome will open all tabs for you.

General advice: Activate the "Continue where you left off" function. This will reopen all the tabs you had run in your previous session. This way, your tabs will be safe from potential browser crashes.

You can find this option in the Chrome menu (three vertical dots at the top right) > Settings > On startup > Continue where you left off.

How to Restore All Tabs in Google Chrome Incognito

Unfortunately, there is no way to restore your incognito mode tabs without using third-party software.

After all, incognito mode is designed for a purpose: not to save your browser history. That's why it wouldn't make sense for Chrome to let you restore tabs in this mode.

However, there is a way around this. You will need to install a specially designed Chrome extension to restore incognito mode tabs. The software is called “Off the Record History” and you can download it here.

  1. After installing the extension, right-click on it and open "Manage Extensions".
  2. Toggle the "Allow in private browsing" button so that it is activated.

With this extension, you will be able to see your recently closed tabs as well as your full history for an incognito browsing session.

Note: In order to restore your private browsing tabs, you must first get this extension working. So you won't be able to use it to restore tabs that were open before you installed the extension.

Additional FAQs

What is the keyboard shortcut to restore tabs in Chrome?

The easiest way to restore a tab you accidentally closed is to use shortcuts. If you are a Mac user, use the following shortcut to restore your Chrome tabs:

Command + Shift + T

If you are a Windows user, use the following shortcut:

Control + Shift + T

How to Recover Chrome Tabs After a Crash

You can repeat the process until you find the tab you were looking for. However, we recommend that you only use shortcuts to restore a tab that you recently closed.

A better browsing experience

Chances are you browse more than a dozen pages on Chrome daily. For this reason, it is important that your browsing experience is smooth. And if a problem arises, being able to solve it is essential. Now you don't have to worry about losing track by accidentally closing a tab or crashing your Chrome on you.

We have provided you detailed steps on how to restore a tab in Chrome. Our advice for reopening recently closed tabs would be to use shortcuts. This is the easiest and fastest way. But it's good to know that you have more options in case a shortcut doesn't work.

Which option do you usually use to restore tabs? Have you ever lost tabs due to Chrome crashing? Share your experience in the comments below.

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