Google Chrome is undoubtedly one of the most popular web browser, both on desktop and mobile. First debuting on Android and then for iPhone and iPad, Chrome has been grabbing browser market shares at a tremendous rate.
While I’ve been using Chrome for several weeks now, there’s one thing that keeps bugging me — it doesn’t have a history page. There is no direct way to access history of opened web pages in Chrome for Mobile as in its desktop counterpart, where you can simply press Ctrl + H to view history. The only way you can access it currently is from a desktop, provided that you’ve sync enabled so that pages that you’ve opened in your mobile will also be visible in your desktop copy of Chrome.
Well, here’s a simple, hidden way to open history in Chrome for Android. In the address bar, type the following URL to open Chrome for Android history page:
It is the address of Chrome’s history page. The page is actually made for viewing on a desktop browser and not at all optimized for mobile viewing. But it’s still fairly usable and you can use it at times to access history in Chrome for Android.
Sadly, this trick doesn’t work for iPhone/iPad. (hope they add the feature soon)
For now, the best the iPhone/iPad users can get is, Most Visited Sites under:
Tip #2: Remove websites from history in Chrome for Android
To selectively remove items from your history page, tap on the right side of a URL as shown in the screenshot above and choose Remove selected items.
Again iPhone/iPad users have some limitations here, the best you can do is clear the entire browsing data under:
Menu>>Settings>>Clear Browsing data
Tip #3: View history of opened pages of a particular site
Accessing opened pages of a particular website is also possible by tapping on the arrow icon and selecting the More from this site option.
More Hidden Pages
In a similar way, you can also access a couple of more pages in Chrome for Android/iPhone.
1. Version (Yes, this works on iPhone/iPad!)
Typing this address will open a page showing version details of Chrome for mobile and some nerdy codes.
2. RAM (Memory) Usage
This page will show you the amount of memory (RAM) being used by each tabs opened in Chrome. Again this feature isn’t supported on iPhone/iPad.
Overall for Android, there are more than 20 hidden pages, which can be accessed at chrome://chrome-urls. You can also open these addresses in Chrome for desktop.