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How to restart Google Chrome

Restarting Google Chrome helps you fix minor issues and enable certain extensions in the browser. It’s easy to close and reopen Chrome on your desktop and mobile devices, and we’ll show you how.

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Restart Google Chrome with an address bar command

On desktop and Android phones, Chrome offers a dedicated command to stop and restart the browser. Unfortunately, this command does not work in Chrome on iPhone and iPad.

To use it, select the address bar in Chrome and type the following command. Then press Enter:

Warning: Save your unsaved work in the browser because running the command closes all your open tabs.


Restart Chrome on the desktop with a command.

Chrome will close and then reopen immediately. If you want to restore your closed tabs, check out the last section of this guide.

Restart Google Chrome in the traditional way

Traditionally, you close Chrome just like you would any other app installed on your desktop or mobile device. Then start it again.

Close and reopen Chrome on Windows, Linux, and Chromebook

To quit and then reopen Chrome on your Windows, Linux, or Chromebook computer, click the “X” icon in the upper right corner of Chrome. This closes the browser.

Click on "X" in the upper right corner of Chrome.

To launch Chrome now, search for “Chrome” in your app drawer and select it. This reopens the browser.

Find and select Chrome in the app drawer.

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Close and reopen Chrome on Mac

To quit Chrome on Mac, in the top left corner of Chrome, click Chrome> Quit Google Chrome. Then relaunch Chrome by opening Spotlight (using Command + Spacebar), typing “Chrome” and selecting “Chrome” from the search results.

Close and reopen Chrome on iPhone X or later and iPad

To close the Chrome app on your iPhone X or later or iPad, swipe up on your phone screen. Find Chrome in the list of apps and swipe your finger over it. Then reopen Chrome by tapping on it on your home screen.

Close and reopen Chrome on iPhone SE, iPhone 8 or earlier

If you’re using an iPhone SE, iPhone 8, or earlier iPhone model, double-tap the Home button to view your recent apps. Find Chrome here and swipe over to close it.

Swipe up on Chrome on iPhone.

Next, tap Chrome on your home screen to launch the browser.

Tap Chrome on iPhone.

Close and reopen Chrome on Android

On Android, at the bottom of your phone screen, tap or tap the recent apps button. Find Chrome in the list and swipe over to close it.

Swipe up on Chrome on Android.

Next, find Chrome in your app drawer and tap on it to reopen it.

Tap Chrome in the Android app drawer.

Restore tabs when restarting Chrome

On your mobile phone, Chrome automatically restores your tabs when you relaunch the browser. But, on desktops this doesn’t happen by default and it can just open your home page.

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To manually restore closed tabs in Chrome on the desktop, then when Chrome restarts, click the three dots in the upper right corner of the browser.

Click on the three dots in the upper right corner of Chrome.

From the menu that opens, select History> X Tabs> Restore Window. Here, “X” is the number of tabs you had open.

Select Restore Window.

Chrome will restore all your tabs in a new window. And you are ready.

Make sure to keep Chrome up to date on your devices so that it bores you less.

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