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


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Google Chrome’s Continue where you left off (CWYLO) option enables users to retain page tabs open when they last closed the browser. Page tabs open when users close Chrome remain open when they launch the software again. Continue where you left off is a handy option that saves users needing to browse through bookmarks to reopen pages.

However, some users have said that Chrome’s CWYLO feature doesn’t work properly for them. For some users, Chrome actually opens more tabs than they had open when closing the software. In other cases, Chrome doesn’t open all the tabs from the last browsing session.

How to fix Chrome’s Continue where you left off feature not working?

1. Try using UR Browser

UR browser Continue where you left off feature not working

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

UR Browser is built on Chromium engine, so it has the same features and extensions as Chrome.

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.


2. Turn Off Chrome Extensions

  1. First, try turning off Google Chrome’s extensions. To do that, click the Customize and Control Google Chrome button.
  2. Select More Tools > Settings to open the window shown directly below.The Extensions tab chrome continue where you left off not working
  3. Click the buttons at the bottom right of the extensions (shown below) to turn them off.A Chrome extension's turn off button chrome continue where you left off not working
  4. Alternatively, users can click Remove to uninstall extensions.

3. Set up a New Google Chrome Profile

  1. The Continue where you left off option not working might be due to a corrupted user profile. So, try setting up a new Chrome profile by clicking the Profile button at the top right of the browser and selecting Manage people.
    The Profile menu chrome continue where you left off not working
  2. Select Add person to open the window shown directly below.Add person window chrome continue where you left off not working
  3. Enter an account name in the text box.
  4. Select an image for the profile.
  5. Press the Add button.
  6. Users can then 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. Thus, make sure that all tabs are open within just the one browser window before closing Chrome.

Multiple Chrome windows chrome continue where you left off not working


5. Reinstall the Google Chrome Browser

  1. Users have confirmed they’ve fixed Chrome’s CWYLO feature not working by reinstalling the browser. To do that without losing current browser configuration settings, press the Windows key + R hotkey.
  2. Enter C:\Users\(Your Username)\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data in Run, and click the OK button. Replace ‘(Your Username)’ with an actual user account profile.
  3. Next, right-click the Default folder and select the Copy option.The Copy option chrome continue where you left off not working
  4. Users with more than one profile will need to right-click Profile 1, Profile 2, etc and select Copy to copy each profile separately.
  5. Then open a folder to copy the Chrome profile into. Right-click an empty space within the folder and select the Paste option.
  6. Thereafter, users can uninstall Google Chrome by entering ‘appwiz.cpl’ in Run and clicking OK.The Windows uninstaller chrome continue where you left off not working
  7. Select Google Chrome, and click the Uninstall option.
  8. Select Yes to provide further confirmation to uninstall Google Chrome.
  9. Restart Windows after uninstalling Chrome.
  10. Click the Download Chrome button on the browser’s webpage to save the installer for the latest version.
  11. Install Chrome with its setup wizard.
  12. Next, open the folder that includes the pasted Chrome Default (or Profile) folder.
  13. Right-click the Default folder to select Copy.
  14. Open the C:\Users\(Your Username)\AppData\Local\Google\ChromeUser Data folder in File Explorer again.
  15. Then paste the Default (or Profile) folder back in there by right-clicking an empty space within the folder and selecting Paste.The Paste option chrome continue where you left off not working
  16. Select the Replace all files option to replace the existing Default profile folder.

Those are some of the resolutions that have fixed Chrome‘s CWYLO feature for some 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.

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