FIX: Chrome’s Continue where you left off feature not working

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Continue where you left off feature not working Chrome

Chrome’s Continue where you left off (CWYLO) option enables users to retain the page tabs open when they last closed the browser.

Continue where you left off is a handy option that saves you from needing to browse through bookmarks to reopen pages.

However, some users have reported that Chrome’s CWYLO feature doesn’t work properly for them.

It seems that in those cases Chrome actually opens more tabs than the ones that were open when closing the software. In other cases, Chrome doesn’t start all the tabs from the last browsing session.

Below you will find more information about this feature and how you can fix it in order for it to work properly.

How can I fix Chrome’s Continue where you left off not working?

1. Switch to another browser

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If you’re having issues with Chrome’s Continue where you left off feature, perhaps trying out a different browser might help.

Opera is built on the Chromium engine, so it has the same features and extensions as Chrome, and thus you can easily import all your browsing history and stored data.

Unlike Chrome, this browser won’t send any of your data to Google, and it also has tracking, phishing, and malware protection built-in, which makes it a perfect alternative to Chrome.

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2. Turn off Chrome extensions

  1. Click the Customize and Control Google Chrome button.
  2. Select More Tools and go to Settings.The Extensions tab chrome continue where you left off not working
  3. Click the buttons at the bottom right of the extensions.A Chrome extension's turn off button chrome continue where you left off not working
  4. Alternatively, click Remove to uninstall extensions.

3. Set up a new Google Chrome profile

  1. Click the Profile button at the top right of the browser.
  2. Next, select Manage people.
    The Profile menu chrome continue where you left off not working
  3. Select Add person.Add person window chrome continue where you left off not working
  4. Enter an account name in the text box.
  5. Select an image for the profile.
  6. Press the Add button.
  7. Switch to the new profile by clicking the Profile button and selecting it on the menu.

4. Open tabs in one window only

Note that the Continue where you left off option only utilizes tabs open in one main browsing window.

Thus, the CWYLO feature doesn’t always reopen all tabs from multiple windows closed at the end of the last browsing session.

Make sure that all your tabs are opened within just one browser window before closing Chrome.

Multiple Chrome windows chrome continue where you left off not working


5. Reinstall the Google Chrome Browser

  1. Press the Windows key + R hotkey.
  2. Copy-paste the following path: C:\Users\(Your Username)\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data
  3. Click the OK button.
  4. Replace Your Username with an actual user account profile.
  5. Next, right-click the Default folder and select the Copy option.The Copy option chrome continue where you left off not working
  6. If you have more than one profile, right-click Profile 1, Profile 2, etc.
  7. Select Copy to copy each profile separately.
  8. Next, open a folder and copy the Chrome profile.
  9. Right-click an empty space within the folder and select the Paste option.

Uninstall Google Chrome

  1. Enter appwiz.cpl in Run and click OK.The Windows uninstaller chrome continue where you left off not working
  2. Select Google Chrome, and click the Uninstall option.
  3. Restart Windows after uninstalling Chrome.

Reinstall Chrome following these steps:

  1. Click the Download Chrome button on the browser’s webpage.
  2. Install Chrome with its setup wizard.
  3. Next, open the folder that includes the pasted Chrome Default (or Profile) folder.
  4. Right-click the Default folder to select Copy.
  5. Open the following path:  C:\Users\(Your Username)\AppData\Local\Google\ChromeUser Data
  6. Paste the Default (or Profile) folder back in by right-clicking an empty space within the folder and select Paste.The Paste option chrome continue where you left off not working
  7. Select the Replace all files option to replace the existing Default profile folder.

These are some of the resolutions that have fixed Chrome‘s CWYLO feature in the case of other users.

Note, however, that there are also a few Chrome extensions which are good alternatives to Chrome’s Continue where you left off option.

The Tab Session Manager extension is one notable alternative that enables users to save restore tabs and windows from previous browsing sessions with additional configuration options.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.