Chrome is one of the best browsers on the internet, and many prefer using it. This offers a wide range of features, improving its browsing experience. The browser stores our details like the websites we visit, saved passwords, bookmarks, etc.

These details stored on the browser make browsing easy. Sometimes, due to a random bug or technical glitch, Chrome might crash and close the tabs you were working on. 

If there were some important tabs open or you were working on something, they would all be closed. This becomes hectic for one to search for the tabs that were opened from the history and open them again.

So is there a way to restore Chrome Tabs after a browser crash? Yes, there are various ways to do so, and this article will discuss them. 

Best Ways to Restore Chrome Tabs After Crash and Restart

If your Chrome closed unexpectedly, and you lost all the tabs and now want to restore them, then you can follow the methods mentioned below-

1. Recover Using Keyboard Shortcuts 

The first method to restore chrome tabs after a crash is using keyboard shortcuts. This is the easiest method above all the other methods that have been mentioned below-

  1. Launch the Google Chrome.
  2. Next, press the Ctrl + Shift + T combo key on your keyboard. This will restore the tabs that were opened before the the Ctrl + Shift + T
  3. macOS users must press the CMD + Shift + T combo to open Chrome’s history.CMD + Shift + T

This keyboard shortcut can also be used to open tabs that you closed accidentally. 

2. Reopen Recently Closed Tabs

You can also reopen the recently closed tabs from History. To do so, follow the steps given below. Next, press the Ctrl + H key combo on your keyboard to open Chrome’s history. macOS users will have to press CMD + Y to open History.

  1. Open Google Chrome on your device.
  2. There, click on the three-dot icon on the top right corner and go to the History
    > Recently Closed option.Recently Closed
  3. Once the user clicks on the recently closed tab, all the closed tabs will re-open.

3. Continue Where you Left Off

You can turn on the ‘Continue where you left off’ option in Google Chrome, restoring the session when you restart Chrome. This can also restore the session if Chrome was accidentally closed or crashed. To turn this option on, follow the steps given below-

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser.
  2. Click on the three dots appearing on the top right side of the window, and then click on on chrome settings
  3. From the left sidebar, click on the On Startup option.
  4. Next, select the Continue where you left off option.Continue where you left off 
  5. Once you enable this option, all the previous browsing sessions will get restored even after the chrome crashes or restarts. 

4. Using TabCloud

Another best method is to use the TabCloud extension to restore the chrome tabs after they crash. TabCloud is used for saving and restoring the window session as time passes and can be synced across multiple devices. It is one of the most useful Google Chrome extensions that are easily available on the Chrome web store.  

With the help of TabCloud, chrome sessions can be easily restored and even synced with another device. And if in case the user’s browser crashes, it will automatically save the previous version of the browsing session. 

To use this extension, follow the steps given below-

  1. Click on this link to head to the TabCloud Extension page. 
  2. Click on Add To Chrome to add this extension to your Chrome browser. Add To Chrome
  3. Now, click on the TabCloud icon next to the address bar and set it up. 
  4. Once done, the tabs will be restored automatically after the crash. 

5. Restore from History

If none of the methods works for restoring the Chrome tabs, you will have to restore them from the History manually.

All the pages you visit are stored in the History; this data remains until you clear the History. You can access the history and restore the closed tabs. To do so, follow the steps given below-

  1. Press Ctrl + H to access Chrome History. On Mac, press Ctrl + Y to access the history. ctrl h
  2. From here, click on the pages that were previously opened one by one to reopen them. 


Nobody wants to experience a software crash, especially when working on something important. If you encounter a Chrome crash, the browser will automatically close along with your current session.

After restarting Chrome, the previous session may not be restored. If you want to restore the tabs that have been closed after the crash, then you can follow the methods mentioned above, and you will be able to do so. 


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