In many situations, users clear their browsing histories and then regret the decision later on. The information on your browsing histories might prove to be useful in some cases. If you clear all your browsing history as a routine task, or without thinking, you might lose some crucial data like URL addresses. You might not be able to revert back. The above scenario is also true when you use Safari on your Mac. Now, let us see how to recover deleted Safari history on mac. This can be done easily using the Time Machine backup.
Backing up and recovering your deleted browsing history from Mac
Recovering Deleted Safari Browsing History On A Mac (Using Time Machine):
To make use of this method, you should have previously created a backup. Now, please follow these instructions to get back your browsing history data: In case your Safari is running, please close it now. Only then can we proceed with the next few steps.
Connect your Time Machine backup drive, where you have saved the latest backup file for your Mac.
Now, from the Dock on your Mac, launch the Finder app.
In the menu bar located at the top of your screen, you will see the Go option. Click on it.
Select the Go To Folder option.
A new window will now be displayed asking you to enter the path. So, type ~/Library/Safari/ and then click Go.
In the current folder, find the History.db file. When you have located this file, select it.
In the menu bar at the top of your screen, you can see the Wi-Fi icon. You can also see the Time Machine icon next to the Wi-Fi icon.
Now, click the Time Machine icon.
From the expanded list of items, choose the Enter Time Machine option.
A new window with your Time Machine backup will now pop up on your screen. In this window, browse through the backup files and locate the History.db file (You can find it under the Safari folder). These are the vital steps about how to recover deleted Safari history on mac.
Select the History.db file and click on the Restore button that is found at the bottom of your current window.
Time Machine will now restore the desired file. Once the process is completed, your Safari browsing history will be restored.
You can now launch your Safari browser once again.
Now, try expanding the history items that have been saved to your backup file.
Next, from the menu bar at the top of your screen, click the History option. Then, choose the Show all History option. This action will help you in checking all the items in your History.
Or else, you can make use of the keyboard shortcut. That is, press Command and Y on your Mac keyboard. This action will allow you to access your history.
The list containing all the saved URL addresses will now be displayed on your screen.
At the upper-right corner of your Safari window, you will find the Search field. You can utilize this Search field for more convenient navigation.
Note: History.db is a database file, and it can be reviewed using any type of SQL editor. By typing in SQL queries, you will be able to navigate through your data easily. We have now seen how to recover deleted Safari browsing history from your Mac computer. Now, let us discuss the procedure to recover the deleted Chrome browsing history on your Mac.Again, we can use Time Machine for the recovery process. You can utilize the same steps provided above (the ones we have used for recovering your Safari browsing history). Another method is available, using which you can recover deleted Chrome history; that will be through cookies.
Recovering deleted Chrome browsing history on a Mac (using Cookies):
If you have mistakenly deleted your Chrome browsing history, your cookies will not be removed, and they will still be available. So, you can make use of these cookies to recover your browsing history. Please carry out the following instructions to do the same:
First, open Google Chrome. Next, go to Settings.
Search for Cookies and then choose the Content Settings option.
Now, under Content Settings, select Cookies.
Finally, choose the See all cookies and site data option.
Important Note: You cannot use the above method if you have cleared all the cookies on Google Chrome. We have now seen how to recover deleted Safari history on mac computer.