This question here is more precise and might be the answer.

How can I get all of my activity history? The only way I can access it now is by scrolling down the my activity section. This is not ideal at all and as soon as I reach two/three months ago the browser page doesn't react anymore.

A JSON file, a PDF or basically anything will be cool.

I tried a few Chrome extensions which failed to do what I wanted probably because I deleted the cache, which is also the reason why I can't use the browser history in the browser but have to use the Google my activity section.

When I try to download the file from Google's new data downloading service called takeout, it only downloads the from the 14th of December days, perhaps because I deleted the cache then? I downloaded the BroswerHistory in the product Chrome and also tried the Chrome section in the product My Activity

UPDATE: The my activity section actually collects data from apps which I mistakenly thought of as being part of the browser history because these apps are not part of google. So I actually have no access to the browser activity from before I deleted the cache is there a way to get access to that data?.

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    Thanks for posting here! Hope you get a useful answer. Commented Dec 23, 2019 at 3:29

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If you use Google Takeout to export your location history, you'll get a zip file that contains all of your location history in JSON format: enter image description here.

I have location history going back to 2012: enter image description here

EDIT: This question was about browsing history it seems - takeout will still work here but you're not getting the results from takeout you may have wiped your Google history. When you're deleting browsing data, note the message at the bottom of the window: enter image description here

Unless you sign out of Chrome first, any deletion will be run on your entire Google account, not just the one installation of your browser.

  • I'll try this but I'm not looking for looking history, I'm looking for browser history - as in websites I used. Is there a way to get that from the location history? Commented Dec 26, 2019 at 20:34
  • My bad - Yes, you can export browser history with Takeout - just select that option on the Takeout screen.
    – Ian Hyzy
    Commented Dec 27, 2019 at 16:57
  • I did that and it was only for the last 8 days like I mentioned in my question. Commented Dec 27, 2019 at 17:11
  • In that case, you likely deleted your browser history from Google's servers. If you were signed into Chrome and went to clear your browser history, it's now the default behavior for it to be wiped from your Google account. You have to sign out of Chrome first before cleaning history to keep it in your account.
    – Ian Hyzy
    Commented Dec 27, 2019 at 17:38
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    I updated my answer with how this could have happened.
    – Ian Hyzy
    Commented Dec 30, 2019 at 18:21

I had this same issue, and it turned out that the browser history is simply split into multiple files. From what I can tell, there are three places to look within the folder downloaded from takeout:

  1. Chrome/BrowserHistory.json
  2. 'My Activity'/Search/MyActivity.json
  3. 'My Activity'/Chrome/MyActivity.json

Did you use file number 1? I started off using just this one and found lots of stiff to be missing. I have no idea what the difference between numbers 1 and 3 is, but I'm guessing that files 1 and 3 ones show only sites visited using Chrome, while file 2 includes searches made in all browsers. I haven't yet compared the contents of each file, but will update my answer with any differences I find.


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