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What is Google Chrome’s Journeys and how to use it

One of the benefits of using Google Chrome on every device is that it will keep track of your browsing history across all platforms. So if you need to go back to a page you saw earlier, last week, or last month, your history is just a click or a tap away and easily searchable.

Google has now enhanced this functionality with a new feature called Journeys, which you’ll find in Chrome for Windows, macOS, and Chrome OS. With Journeys, you can access not only the sites you’ve already visited, but also the details of how you got there, hence the name.

How Chrome Journeys works

You’re probably familiar with how browsing history works in Chrome. As you progress through the web, the program records each of the pages you have visited so that you can retrace your steps if necessary. To make things even easier, Chrome Journeys groups parts of your search history by topic.

“You may be searching multiple pages for weekend hikes or vaccine information, then quickly have to jump to a last-minute work call, only to forget where you originally left off,” says Chrome Product Manager, Yana Yushkina. Chrome Journeys allows users to return to the last website they visited and continue their search from there.

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Google uses its highly optimized algorithms to determine which sites are linked, when you change topics in your searches, how much you interact with the sites, and how much time you spend on each one. If all of this makes you a little nervous about privacy, the good news is that at least for now, Chrome saves all this data locally – it doesn’t go back to Google’s servers, so only you have access to it.

But that comes at a price, and unfortunately it also means that Journeys doesn’t sync across your devices, so if you’ve been looking for the best way to reheat pizza on your laptop, you won’t be able to continue your search on your phone. In its official announcement, Google said it was exploring making the feature available on Android and iOS, but didn’t share any timelines.

You can still access your basic browsing history on your mobile devices by tapping the three dots in the upper right corner of the Chrome interface, then choosing Story from the menu.

How to Find Chrome Journeys

With Chrome or Chrome OS open on your computer, click the three dots (top right) and choose Story then Story Again. You can access the same screen by pressing CTRL+H (Windows and Chrome OS) or Cmd+Y (macOS) on your keyboard. Assuming browsing history is turned on, you’ll see a list of the sites you’ve most recently visited.

Go to Travels to see your browsing history sorted by topic. Your deep dive into the wildflowers yesterday afternoon will be distinct from the dozens of Airbnb rentals you were looking at later that evening, for example, giving you better insight into the different jobs you’ve used your browser for.

Use the Show more links at the bottom of sections if there’s a specific result you don’t see. There is also associated researches boxes that you can use to go in different directions. You can also delete link groups in Journeys via the three dots to the right of each list entry.

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As before, you can go to Search history box at the top of the page to search for something specific in your browsing history – this works on both standard Listing tab and the new Travels tongue.

If you’re signed in to your Google account, you may also see a shortcut to a recent “track” when you search Google. Look for it Resume your research link that will appear if your current search matches a topic you have already worked on. This takes you to the same page that you can find via the History option in Chrome’s main menu.

Finally, if you don’t like the new feature and how it works, click Disable trips on the left to return to the standard browsing history interface.