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The problem of multiple devices being listed in your Chrome browser’s history is one that is frequently discussed on forums and in technology chat rooms. It not surprising that it’s a problem – Google have made the process of deleting old devices frustratingly opaque in their online help documents. It’s certainly strange that it’s not clear how to remove out-dated devices; with the rate that users buy new tablets, smart phones and laptops it is easily possible to have several devices listed if you are a long-time Chrome user.

Security Dangers Of Retaining Multiple Devices

From a security standpoint it’s also not great. Your browsing history from those devices will remain attached to your account forever. It means even if you stop using your device and it eventually disappears from the browsing history screen – as some users report – the device’s digital footprint will still be connected to your account into the future. Therefore, from both an organisational and a safety point of view, it’s best to delete the old gadget as soon as you permanently stop using it. Remember, there are also ways to manually and automatically manage your browsing history How To Manually & Automatically Clear Your Browser History How To Manually & Automatically Clear Your Browser History As you browse the Internet, tracks of websites you visit are left on your computer, including cookies, cached websites, a history of visited sites and searches, site preferences, and more. These data reveal your browsing... Read More on a site-by-site basis.

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Viewing Your Devices and History

If you’re not sure how to find your history and the devices we are referring to then open Chrome on your computer, click on the three lines in the top right hand corner, and click on ‘History’. You’ll be presented with a page that shows your complete browsing history along with any devices that are connected to your account listed along the top of the screen.

You’ll Need Chrome On Your Mobile Device

Oddly, if you only use Chrome on a laptop or desktop there is no way to remove the old listings. This is presumably deliberate on Google’s behalf in an attempt to force people onto their browser when using mobile operating systems – but it means even if you’ve only ever used Chrome on traditional computers and use Safari, Dolphin Browser, or a Samsung’s default browser when you are on-the-go, you’ll have to download Chrome for your device just to de-clutter your desktop’s browser. It can be annoying.

Alas, this article is not to discuss the rights and wrongs of Google’s policy and design, but rather to tell you how to achieve what you want to.

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You can see the problem in the screenshot below. Although in this case both laptops and the phone are current devices that are in use, if you had just bought a new phone or new computer you would also see the old devices listed there, with no way to delete or remove them. In fact, the only option available to a desktop user is to collapse the list, yet the device remains visible.

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The solution is to download a mobile version of Chrome Google Chrome - A Fantastic Replacement For Mobile Safari [iOS] Google Chrome - A Fantastic Replacement For Mobile Safari [iOS] Do you use Chrome on your computer to browse the web? A lot of people do, as it is one of the most popular web browsers out there. It runs fast, and it offers a... Read More onto your phone or tablet from Apple’s App Store, Google’s Play Store, or another third party equivalent. The download is free – if you are being asked to pay for it you should stop and go to a different store. After you’ve downloaded it the app will install itself automatically.

Connect Chrome on Your Mobile Device To Google

Once you have successfully got the mobile version of Chrome installed on your mobile gadget the next step is to sign into your Google Account through the browser’s settings. This will not only sync all your bookmarks, history and passwords, but will also allow you to see all the other devices attached to your account. When you open Chrome on your mobile device for the first time you will be prompted to sign in. If you don’t get this message, head to settings -> sign-in and enter your Google Account details when prompted.

Viewing Your Devices

To see exactly which devices are attached you’ll need to navigate to the browser’s history. There are two ways to do this. Either open a new tab then press on the clock symbol in the bottom right-hand corner, or press on the three vertical dots in the top right corner, then select ‘History’ from the pop up menu. In order to get to the screen we need, you’ll need to follow the first method.

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Once there, you will see the same information that you saw on the desktop version, but presented in a mobile format. In the screenshot below you can see ‘DANLAPTOP’ is the top entry, and if I scroll down I’ll also see ‘Nexus 5’ and ‘Chromebook’ – along with their complete browsing history from the last few days.

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Remember, if you don’t like Chrome’s default way of displaying your history you can try cottonTracks – software which automatically bundles your browsing history Automatically Bundle Your Browsing History With cottonTracks For Chrome Automatically Bundle Your Browsing History With cottonTracks For Chrome Are you sick of trawling through your browsing history to find that one article you saw last week and suddenly wanted to send to someone? Or have you been researching a particular topic only to... Read More .

To delete a device from the list, simply press and hold down your finger on the entry that you wish to remove. After a couple of seconds you will see a new option pop onto the screen with the text ‘Remove from list’. Press this option and your device will be gone.

How’s Your History Now?

Has this helped you to fix a security hole in your device listings? Do you have any other great tips about your history settings in Chrome? Should Google make this option available on the desktop?

  1. Chan
    November 13, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    How the hell you hide or stop showing your history on your other devices when using your computer? Seriously I keep seeing my phones history in my computer. Is there a way to stop it?

  2. Mozart souza
    October 21, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Thanks for the very useful tip!

    Helped a lot.

  3. Rwilson
    August 8, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    oh man this was what i was looking for. chrome had the wrong names of my PC's for some reason. and they never updated in weeks of checking. Once i used my mobile chrome to remove the PC's, then I relaunched the browsers on those PC's they came in my history with the correct names!

  4. jacn
    May 27, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Hi i just wanted to know if you could get all your other devices history and delete it is this possible?

  5. Ja
    November 26, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    When you're signed in to Chrome on different devices, you can choose what information will sync across them -- such as your apps, bookmarks, history, and extensions.

    To learn how to customize your sync settings, select your device below:

    Computer
    In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu .
    Select Settings.
    Under "Sign in," click the button Advanced sync settings.
    In the drop-down menu, select how much information you want to sync. You have two options:
    Sync everything: All of the information in the checkboxes will sync.
    Choose what to sync: Mark the information you want to sync with checkboxes.

    • i ja
      November 14, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Tnx! this helped me a lot!

  6. Calin Ch
    October 16, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Great, thx a lot, very usefull

  7. Sky Sng
    October 12, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Thank you very much for this article, I have used this and removed a device from my history. However now with Chrome 45 (on desktop and mobile) it does not appear to work any more. Am I missing something or has Google changed the way history works across Chrome browsers?

  8. Dark Energy
    September 21, 2015 at 7:52 am

    If you reset your Google sync and chose not to sync browsing history, your devices will not show up any more.

    • Raven Angel
      October 26, 2015 at 5:45 am

      How do you reset your Google sync and chose not to sync browsing history. Is it on the computer or on my Iphone? I do not want my phone to sync with my computer history. I followed the instructions and deleted it as shown, however, it has come back and I am not sure how to fix it. Thank you
      Raven

      • Dark Energy
        October 27, 2015 at 2:04 am

        Settings-advanced sync-choose what to sync. there you can untick browsing history then reset and after that history will not sync.

        It doesnt matter if you on pc or mobile.

  9. Swati Thakur
    July 20, 2015 at 4:10 am

    Done...Thanks :D :D

    • Dan Price
      July 20, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      No problem!

  10. Jeff B
    June 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    That's the best and easiest way i've seen..Worked perfectly for me.

  11. wardaddy
    May 23, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    On Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chrome devices
    Go to the Chrome menu Chrome menu > Settings.
    Click Advanced sync settings and make sure the “Open Tabs” checkbox is selected. Note: To disable tab syncing, deselect the “Open Tabs” checkbox.

  12. Marco
    April 28, 2015 at 5:06 am

    IS it possible to DELETE HISTORY from my phone from my computer? I signed in the wrong screen name and some personal info is not on that persons phone I believe and i'm not concerned about the omnibox.

  13. Dan Price
    March 26, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Awesome! Glad you cracked it!

    Dan

  14. Dan Price
    March 25, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    The same method should work? Just use a mobile device that isn't the one you actually want to delete...

    Dan

    • LoKan
      March 25, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      So I will always have a mobile device linked to my history ? I don't want to.

    • LoKan
      March 26, 2015 at 6:07 am

      OK, I found a solution. Closing all tabs on mobile will delete the mobile in history. Then you just have to log out ;-)

  15. LoKan
    March 25, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Great. And now, ho do I delete my iPhone from history ?

  16. Dan Price
    March 24, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    No problem, glad it helped!

    Dan

  17. Lily
    March 24, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Thank you so much for your precise instructions! It helped tremendously and makes so much sense not having any old devices stored in my history.

  18. kevin
    February 12, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Thank you for the ideas but that did not clear the history from my devices above the "clear browsing history" button...

  19. Kevin
    February 10, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    How do I clear the history for devices above the "Clear Browsing Data" button when I try to clear browser history ??? I have tried several things on my desktop, tablet and laptop, to no avail.

    Thank you.

    • GW
      February 12, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      Kevin, and Dan..

      I found this quick solution after I had posted a question that addressed the same issue. Thank you for your help Dan.

      Find the "last activity" link located at the bottom right after you have signed into your gmail account. That link opens into a window showing account activity for several past sessions. At the top is a button to log out (disconnect) from all sessions except the current one.

      After this is done you can clear all history and they will be gone as well.

      Changing your account password will also end all active log ins.

    • Daniel Price
      February 12, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Awesome, glad you found a solution GW. Thanks for sharing it...

      Dan

  20. kevin
    February 10, 2015 at 9:03 am

    so back to square one...how do I delete the multiple devices history on my desktop please ? Tried stop and clear, tried this procedure...no luck...

    • Daniel Price
      February 10, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      Hi Kevin,

      I am not sure exactly what you mean, can you elaborate?

      Dan

  21. Paul
    January 29, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Agreed to David, Can't see the the devices separately on mobile Chrome, only shows a singular history, on PC however, you can see the device list and can't do anything about it.

    • Daniel Price
      February 10, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      Hi Paul,

      As I just said to David, if you enter the history via the button in the bottom right of a new tab, rather than via the menu button, then you still see individual devices...

      Dan

  22. GW
    January 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    If you sign into Chrome on a library computer and don't sign out, you'll be struck figuring out what 4 out 12 stations you used in the past 3 months.. Question: Would disconnecting my Google account from Chrome (Settings/History) remedy the above scenario? What about trade offs?

    • Daniel Price
      February 10, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      Hi GW,

      It *could* work. When you reconnect them, everything should resync, so nothing should be lost. I would add that signing into Chrome on a public computer is not recommended for security/privacy purposes...

      Dan

  23. Casey
    January 28, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Apologies, I meant to add this part also. I can follow the above instructions and get to the device list, but it only shows my Desktop (almost as if it doesn't list the Android phone because I am on it at that time). Once I "Remove List" by clicking on the Desktop, that somehow separates them and then the Desktop History does not show the Android History....for a bit. The next time I go back into Chrome on the phone and choose to not sign in to Google, it still syncs history.

    • Daniel Price
      February 10, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      Hi Casey,

      I'm a bit confused I'm afraid... I cant replicate that on my device. Sorry!

      Dan

  24. Casey
    January 28, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Odd, when I open chrome on Android for first time or after deleting history and force stop, I choose "No Thanks" to setup chrome or to sign into account, but my history is still syncronizing with my Desktop, which could be a problem for some users. Personal phone, work computer. Can't figure it out!

  25. David
    January 18, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    The mobile version of Chrome has changed. The desktop version still shows open tabs on other devices, but the mobile version shows all device history inline, meaning there is no longer a separation of devices (or entries to remove).

    • Daniel Price
      February 10, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      Hi David,

      If you enter the history via the button in the bottom right of a new tab, rather than via the menu button, then you still see individual devices...

      Dan

  26. Peter
    December 9, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you for this article. I'm able to delete the duplicated devices after several factory image flashing.

    • Daniel Price
      February 10, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      Hi Peter,

      Glad it worked for you.

      Dan

  27. don
    November 24, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Thanks for the solution, this had become a major source of irritation, opaque is an understatement, unless one is happily oblivious to what they are up to, chrome has become deeply unpleasant to use (for me at least).

    • Daniel Price
      February 10, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Glad we could help!

  28. Zaza
    November 10, 2014 at 3:20 am

    Hi, I've tried the above steps however the device list still appears on my desktop view (deleted them on safari iphone browser). Is there any way to delete the devices on my desktop browser?

    • Daniel Price
      February 10, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Hi Zaza,

      You need to delete them on Chrome on your Android/iPhone, not Safari.

      Dan

  29. Tiffani Poyser
    October 14, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Wow, half the stuff I didn't even know about was explained perfectly in this article. Thank you for yet another fantastic informative article!

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