Prevent Google Chrome from Saving Browser History

In this exciting tutorial, I will be demonstrating how to prevent Google Chrome from saving browser history. Google Chrome has become the browser of choice for many Windows and Mac users. It’s fast, relatively secure and can be modified by adding extensions but there is one problem. Unlike most browsers, it does not give users the option to prevent it from saving the browser history nor clear it automatically. Users have to go into the browser setting and clear it manually. Luckily there is a quick and easy way to prevent Google Chrome from saving browser history. Google Chrome stores the browsing history on the computer’s hard drive. If we limit Chrome’s ability to modify that file, it won’t be able to record any web addresses. Here’s how to do it on both Mac and Windows.

Prevent Google Chrome from Saving Browser History

How to Prevent Google Chrome from Saving browser History in Windows

  1. Open Google Chrome and manually clear your browser’s history by pressing Control and H.
  2. Click Clear Browsing Data.
  3. Click the drop down box and select the beginning of time.
  4. Ensure you check the box that say Browsing history.
  5. When you are finish click Clear browsing data to complete the process and close Google Chrome.

In order to prevent Google Chrome from saving browser history, we need to access the history file. The file is stored at this location:

C:Users[User Name]AppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser DataDefault

Note: You need to enable “show hidden files” to see the AppData folder.

In this location, you will find a file without extension called “History”.

prevent Google Chrome from saving browser history

Right click on the History file and choose properties. In the properties window, check the box beside attributes called Read-only and click OK. This will prevent Google Chrome from saving browser history.

How to Prevent Google Chrome from Saving browser History in Mac

  1. Open Google Chrome and manually clear your browser’s history by pressing Command and Y in OS X.
  2. Click Clear Browsing Data.
  3. Click the drop down box and select the beginning of time.
  4. Ensure you check the box that say Browsing history.
  5. When you are finish click Clear browsing data to complete the process and close Google Chrome.

In order to prevent Google Chrome from saving browser history, we need to access the history file. The file is stored at this location:

~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default

In this location, you will find that same file without extension called “History” like in Windows. Next, we need to lock the file. To do that, right click on the file and choose Get Info or highlight the file and press Command I. Under “General,” check the box called Locked. This will stop Google chrome from modifying the file thus preventing it from saving your browser history in the future.

 

Now that you have locked the history file, open Google Chrome and start browsing. Check your history list and you will see that Chrome reports “No history entries found.” Simple as that. In the event you want to start recording your history again, simply follow the appropriate steps above and uncheck the locked and read-only boxes.

 

Why Use This Method?

I know you probably asking “why I didn’t just use the Incognito Mode?” Yes, Incognito Mode will prevent Google Chrome from saving browser history, but it also blocks cookies and you won’t be allowed to use your extensions. So if you want some websites to remember your account information and gain access to use your extensions but do not want to store your browsing history, the method above will be perfect for you.

 

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