Google Chrome is nowadays the go to web browser for many Mac and PC users. Thanks to his simple UI and fast speed of launch, this without forgetting the Sandbox that provides a higher level of security compared to other browsers in the market.
Clearing history in Google Chrome can take several clicks yet there is a trick to prevent the browser from storing history data in the first place!
All history data are stored in a file named History. The old way to avoid storing history is by using the Incognito through a special shortcut but this will also disable your extensions and destroy all your sessions since cookies are deleted automatically after you close your Incognito window.
Luckily there is a trick to prevent the recording of browsing history in Google Chrome, and here is how I did it.
Now we have to restrict access to Chrome’s history file. First, quit Chrome to prevent any conflicts, and then find Chrome’s history file.
Prevent Chrome from Storing Browser History
1. Clear Google Chrome Browsing History
Open your Google Chrome browser and press CTRL+H to open your browser history, or just open this URL:
Click on “Clear browsing data” to open the next box.
Choose “All time” in Time range and click the button “Clear data“.
2. Disable Google Search Activity
Open Google.com and click on your account’ Avatar, then click on “Manage your Google Account“.
Go to “Data & personalization” and click on “Web & App Activity” under the section Activity controls.
Toggle the checkbox to make it gray.
Confirm by clicking on “PAUSE“.
3. Stop History in Google Chrome
In order to find the Profile Path, go to this URL in your Google Chrome browser:
Copy the path next to Profile Path & open it using Run (Windows+R) or the Explorer (Windows+E):
Right-click on the file
History and click “Properties“.
Check “Read-only” and click “OK“. Restart your PC.
Once locked, try to visit new websites, you will notice that Chrome didn’t record any of these visits in history.
“But why not using Incognito Mode?” Some users may ask…
Well, Incognito Mode will disable cookies and extensions, this will log you out every time you close your Incognito browser window. But using this method you can still enjoy your browser and extensions, the only thing that will not be recorded is your browsing history.
There you have it! You just learned how to disable browsing history from being stored in Google Chrome without using the Incognito Mode!
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