Continue where you left off not working on Chrome

Google Chrome is a browser loaded with a loaded of features. One very useful feature is the Continue where you left off feature. It is available on all the browsers based on the Chromium engine. This means that, if you are using the new Microsoft Edge based on the same Chromium engine or the browser from Opera, you will be able to make use of this feature. What this feature does is, when you open the web browser, it reopens all the tabs that were opened last time you used the web browser. The causes for this feature not working are vague but some methods can help you in troubleshooting the issue.

How to continue where you left off in the Chrome browser

Continue where you left off


Open Chrome > Settings > On startup. Here you have 3 options:

  • Open the New Tab page
  • Continue where you jeft off
  • Open a specific page or set of pages.

Select the desired option and you are all set.

Continue where you left off not working on Chrome

Sometimes the Continue where you left off option does not work as desired. If you face this issue, on your Windows 10 PC, try these suggestions:

  1. Disable and then re-enable the feature.
  2. Allow the web browser to run in the background.
  3. Reinstall the web browser without losing any user profile data.

1] Disable and re-enable the feature

Open the Settings page of your web browser.

For the menu of Startup, select either Open the New Tab page or Open a specific page or pages.

Close your web browser.

Reopen the browser and from the same page, select Continue where you left off.

It should fix the issue.

2] Allow the web browser to run in the background

Due to restrictions posed on the web browser, it might not be able to save the browser state when closed by the user,

You can enable the web browser to be able to run in the background.

This will authorize it to save that state even after it is closed and might get that feature working.

3] Reinstall the web browser without losing any user profile data

There might be some issues with the installation of the web browser. So, you might have to uninstall and then reinstall it.

But that would delete all your browser data. To prevent this, we will have to first backup all the user profile data.

To do that, open the following location in the File Explorer:

C:\Users\<USER PROFILE NAME>\AppData\Local\

Look for the directory named after your Chrome browser and open it.

Inside the User data folder, copy all the directories you find and keep it safe in a separate location.

Now you may uninstall the web browser, get the latest version from their official website, and install it like any other software.

Move back all the files to the same location we backed up from the Local folder.

This should fix your issue and your data would be fine as it was.

I hope this helps you in fixing the error.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.