Does Google Chrome sync history between computers?

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2014-04
  • Lizzan

    I just installed Google Chrome on my Mac at work, and used it for browsing the entire day. Among other things I went looking for an adblocker, which I found. When I got back home and did the same search, the links for that adblocker were styled as visited, even though I hadn't searched for it at home before. Does Google Chrome sync history between computers without even asking? I checked the preferences but sync is not set up on my home or my work computer.

  • Answers
  • Sathya

    Chrome does sync History now.

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    Google does keep a track of previous searches, when you're logged into your account.

  • Stuart

    Yes Google Chrome does share history. To disable this click on Settings, Advanced Sync Settings and adjust what you want to Sync between work and home.


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  • Sathya

    I found at least on Ubuntu Linux that I could create a launcher that points to:

    ~/bin/chrome/launch.sh
    

    I then set the icon to /opt/google/chrome/product_logo_48.png

    I then ran this to install sqlite3 (if you don't have it).

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install sqlite3
    

    I then create a Batch script ~/bin/chrome/launch.sh that has this inside:

    #!/bin/bash
    
    sqlite3 ~/.config/google-chrome/Default/History 'delete from urls;delete from segments;'
    google-chrome
    

    At that point, Google surfs with no browser history except for cookies. However, note that this isn't 100% perfect. As you browse around on the web, it starts collecting more urls. However, at least when you shut down the browser and pull it back up, it will still remember your cookies but have a brand new browser history.

    The above might not take that many more changes to work on a Mac because it's based on BSD UNIX, which is similar when it comes to Bash scripts. Also, on Windows, I am assuming one can make a launch.bat file that does something similar if one has installed the command-line sqlite3 command. Note on both Mac and Windows that your profile path may be different than what it is on Linux, of course, so you'll have to change that path.

    EDIT: Alternatively, you can simply install the "No History" (the one by "kvsoftware") extension for Google Chrome. It's free and basically wipes out all history as you browse, even when you open a new tab, yet keeps your cookies just fine.