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How to enable Google Chrome’s new card-style ‘Memories’ browsing history interface

Web browsing habits have changed a lot since broadband internet started to roll out to more users around the world, with unlimited plans allowing users to spend hours on the internet without worrying about high bills. This has also led to very long and sometimes unintelligible history sections, making it difficult to find something you found on the web last week.

Google is reportedly working on a reworked version of its browsing history page inside its Google Chrome browser called Memories, according to Techdows. The new card-based browsing history viewer will be able to show you important information from your history, with a nice search interface — including suggestions.

Google Chrome's Memories feature in action
Google Chrome’s Memories feature in action (Techdows)

The Memories feature cannot be turned on from Chrome’s settings at the moment, since it is still being tested. But users who want to try out the new feature can download Google Chrome Canary version 92.0.4479.0 from the company’s website and then follow the following steps to test out the new feature.

  1. Start Google Chrome Canary on your Windows, macOS or Linux desktop or laptop computer.
  2. Type chrome://flags in the Omnibar (address bar) and hit the Enter key.
  3. Once you see the Flags screen, look for the search bar on the page and start typing Memories until you see a flag with that name.
  4. Enable the flag titled Memories, then save all the data in your other tabs and go back and click the Relaunch button.
  5. Once Google Chrome Canary launches again, type chrome://memories in the Omnibar and you should be able to see the enriched web history view.

As with all experimental Google Chrome features that appear on the Canary version, this feature could either make its way to the stable channel, or might get dropped in favour of a better alternative or solution. Until then, users can leave the flag enabled to keep using it on Chrome.