I moved to a new Mac using Migration Assistant and everything worked perfectly until I realized that I had no browsing history in Chrome (my bookmarks and auto-completion info transfered ok).

So I would like to know if there is a way I can manually transfer my history to the new Mac.

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I would think that Chrome's history is stored in /Users/<user>/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default. Try copying that folder from your original Mac to the new Mac. Just make sure you back up the version of the folder on the new Mac just in case something goes wrong.

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    Isn't Application Support supposed to be copied when using Migration Assistant?
    – Daniel Beck
    Oct 5, 2010 at 11:46
  • I think so, but just in case it didn't work properly it wouldn't hurt to try again. The history should be stored there...
    – Vervious
    Oct 7, 2010 at 4:19
  • @DanielBeck I just used migration assistant and all chrome addons are missing from Chrome (I'm not sure if they're in the file system somewhere and Chrome can't 'see' them or if they're outright missing). I looked in /Users/<user>/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default and see around 100 files
    – stevec
    Jul 28, 2020 at 15:43
  • @DanielBeck I got them back, I just had to 'Sync' chrome
    – stevec
    Jul 28, 2020 at 15:45

Easiest way is to sign in to Chrome with a Google account, then Google keeps settings, bookmarks, history etc in the cloud.

  • I have Web & App Activity turned on, but My Activity doesn't show all of my browsing history.
    – ma11hew28
    Jan 3, 2021 at 14:35

The answer for me was to click in the very top right of chrome and turn on "Sync"

As soon as I did that, 20 seconds alter, all my old extensions appeared.

  • This question is about transferring browsing history, not extensions.
    – ma11hew28
    Jan 3, 2021 at 14:37

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