How to Search Google Chrome Browser History by Date

Viewing your browsing history in Google Chrome allows you to revisit websites you’ve previously accessed. However, when you have a long history, finding a specific site you visited on a certain date can be difficult. Here are some tips for searching your Chrome history by date.

Use Google My Activity

The easiest way to search your Chrome browsing history by date is using Google My Activity ( Here’s how:

  1. Go to and log into your Google account if prompted.
  2. Under “Search your activity”, click on “Filter by date & product”.
  3. In the pop-up, use the dropdown menu to select a time range, such as “Last 7 days” or “Custom” to specify start and end dates.
  4. Check the box next to “Chrome” under “Products” to show only Chrome history.
  5. Click “Apply” to search. Your Chrome history for the selected date range will be shown.
  6. Alternatively, you can enter keywords in the search bar to find pages you visited containing those words.

Using My Activity allows you to easily search through your history across devices and filter by product and date.

Use Better History Chrome Extension

If you want more advanced search features directly in Chrome, install the Better History extension. It replaces Chrome’s default history page with an improved interface.

To search history by date:

  1. Click the extension icon then go to History > Show Full History.
  2. In the sidebar, navigate to the desired date.
  3. Use the search box to enter keywords or domains, with results highlighted.

You can also delete history by day, hour, URL, or filter by keyword. The extension offers the most powerful history search capabilities.

Search History Page by Date

Chrome’s built-in history page can also be searched by date using the sidebar:

  1. Press Ctrl+H to open history or go to Menu > History > History.
  2. Click the “By date” tab in the sidebar.
  3. Navigate to the date you want to view.
  4. Optionally enter keywords in the search box to filter.

While simpler than other methods, this lets you browse your history chronologically without installing anything.

View Archived History in Files

Chrome stores your browsing history in archived files that can be accessed manually.

On Windows:
C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\History

On Mac:
/Users/%USERNAME%/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/History

You’ll need an SQLite browser to open the files. This method reveals your full history beyond the 3-month limit. However, it involves more technical steps.

Tips for Managing History

  • Use Incognito Mode to browse without saving history.
  • Clear history manually from time to time.
  • Consider enabling history sync across devices.
  • Adjust Chrome’s setting for the maximum days of history to store.


Searching your Chrome history by date is useful for rediscovering websites you want to revisit. Google My Activity provides the simplest way while Better History gives you more robust tools directly in Chrome. You can also view your full history by accessing the archived data files. Keeping your browsing history organized periodically makes finding old sites much easier.