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A Detailed Guide for Disabling Google Chrome "Resume browsing" AKA "Journeys"

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Have you noticed that irritating feature on Google Chrome called “Resume browsing” also known as “Journeys”? It basically allows you to resume your journey, if you’re entering in a search query that you previously made. In spite of the fact that this is the case, some users don’t really like this feature, since it opens up the results in a sticky side bar instead of in the main tab. Hence, it might be useful to know how you can go about disabling this feature.

But first, what exactly are Journeys or “Resume browsing”? In a nutshell it’s a way to organize and arrange your browsing history. Essentially, all of the websites that you visited in a session can get grouped together, such as websites for a dog breed that you researched for. This is somewhat different from the traditional method for displaying history, which arranges it chronologically with the most recently visited websites on top.

Now, without further ado, let’s see how you can deactivate Journeys. The process is actually quite simple, so stay tuned while we tell you all you need to know!

Previously, Google Chrome allowed users to “Turn Off Journeys” with a dedicated option right from History setting page (here chrome://history/grouped). But Chrome has changed things up a bit. Now users have a “Clear browsing data” option (which leads to chrome://settings/clearBrowserData) instead of “Turn Off Journeys” button.

Now users must clear their all browsing history to get rid of unwanted Journey labels. It is important to note that, they also need to be careful when selecting which option to choose and which one to avoid during the removal of browsing data. As Chrome ‘by default’ offers to delete “Cookies and other site data” as well, which is not needed during the “Journey labels” removal process. So users are advised to select and remove only “Browsing history” option during the “Clear browser data” process. See the below screenshot for a good example which will help you in removing the unwanted Journey labels while preserving the important login data.

Now, what about the “Resume your journey” feature? That’s something that can disrupt your Googling experience, and it turns out that you can turn that off as well if you so choose! here’s how that process works:

Step 1 – Open a New Tab

Step 2 – In the search bar type/paste “chrome://flags” and hit Enter

Step 3 – Now in the ‘Search flags’ search bar enter “History Journeys” or “Enables the History Journeys UI”.

Step 4 – Select “Disabled” from the drop down menu. As shown in the screenshot

Step 5 – Relaunch your Chrome app

That’s all there is to it. It bears mentioning that Flags where all of the experimental features can be found, and if Google decides to give this feature a wider rollout, you’ll be able to access it in Settings.

To wrap up, managing Google Chrome’s “Resume browsing” or “Journeys” feature can enhance your browsing experience. Whether you prefer a clean browsing history or dislike the sidebar display, knowing how to disable this feature is essential. By following the steps outlined above, you can regain control over your browsing sessions and customize Chrome to better suit your preferences. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks to optimize your online journey!

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