In Google Chrome 42, it is combining a user's history from home to work and school. A teacher saw the history and saw very questionable pornographic materials (we have a zero-tolerance policy for pornography) listed. After I connected, I noticed the link that this history is between all the signed in devices.

Is there a way to view history in Google Chrome just for the single computer, and not for the other devices? I am not looking for instructions for turning this off, as that's easy to do. I'm looking for what this computer has seen in Chrome


You can do this by going to Settings and then clicking on 'Advanced sync settings' under the title Sign-in at the top.

Then de-select 'History' and save your settings.

Or you can just sign-out from Google Chrome altogether.

Or just browse in Incognito Mode if you do not wish your history to be shown on other connected devices.

Because, if any device is connected and synced with Chrome, it's definitely going to show its recent history there.

  • Tried signing out, still showing all the history – Canadian Luke May 1 '15 at 22:13
  • @Canadian Luke Did you clear the history after signing out on that particular device? – Pallab Pain May 2 '15 at 12:50
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    I don't want to clear the history, i want to find the history of this one pc – Canadian Luke May 2 '15 at 15:01
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    @Canadian Luke If you're getting the history of all your devices as one combined list, then I don't think it's possible to filter the history of just one device. Although, there are third party extensions available to filter your history. You can search for them and try them out. Search for Better History on the Chrome Web Store, it may be of some help. I haven't tried it out, but it seems to have the kind of feature you want. – Pallab Pain May 2 '15 at 18:50

This may only be showing because it is recent, so I'm unsure of how reliable this is over a long term situation, but If it's not showing anything right at the top then my best guess is that it is too old to keep record. When viewing history on my phone (signed into the same account) It tells me that I am viewing only mobile history and provides a link to look at both together. Google's help page linked in "Learn more" was unhelpful with what you're asking. I'm not making any judgement calls for you, but I'd say that unless you keep student records of what sites are visited on the computers, I think you should just let him off the hook for this one.


There are three answers to your question. The first is to change your Sync Settings. To do so go to Settings, then click Advanced Sync Settings on top.

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A modal will pop up and then uncheck History and click Ok.

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An alternative to this is using Incognito mode. To do so click File then select New Incognito Window. The shortcut is control + shift + n (cmd on Mac).

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None of your browsing history will be saved when you exit the window.

A third option is to manually delete the individual history items. Check the items you want to remove and then click Remove selected items.

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    OP asked to filter history, not to prevent history from being recorded. – joniba Mar 18 '17 at 9:08

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