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Nick Lewis is a staff writer for How-To Geek. He has been using computers for 20 years — tinkering with everything from the UI to the Windows registry to device firmware. Before How-To Geek, he used Python and C++ as a freelance programmer. In college, Nick made extensive use of Fortran while pursuing a physics degree. Read more.

Google Chrome, or your computer, crashed. All your tabs are gone, and what’s worse, there’s no button offering to “Re-open Last Session” when you reload Chrome. Maybe you missed it? Or maybe it was never there. Either way, you’d really like to get those tabs back.

And you can! Click the three vertical dot button to the right of your address bar.

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

You will see a menu item called “History,” with an arrow next to it. Hover over this with your cursor and you will see your recent history.

If your browser closed or crashed recently, you should see an item called, for example, “3 tabs.” Click that and your entire collection of tabs will be restored.

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

If you only care about a few tabs that were open, you can hover over “3 tabs” to see a list of the tabs that were closed.

If this doesn’t work, you can try a keyboard shortcut. Press Control+Shift+T (or Command+Shift+T if you’re using a Mac) and your most recently closed tab or window will re-open. Keep doing this until your window from earlier re-spawns, or the shortcut stops working.

There’s a chance your window won’t come back, however, particularly if you’ve been using your browser a bit since the crash. If that’s the case, click the “History” option at the top of that menu, or press Control+H on your keyboard (Mac: Command+Y).

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

Sadly, you will not find “bundles” of tabs here the way you did in the menu we pointed out earlier. But if there’s a specific tab you lost, you can find it by scrolling or searching. It’s not perfect, but at least there’s some record of those tabs you lost.

Note that any tabs opened in a Private Browsing tab cannot be recovered using your browsing history. They’re gone forever (which is kind of the point of Private Browsing.)

Crashing of Google Chrome while working is a horrible experience especially when you have multiple tabs opened on your Chrome browser. Chrome crash is not the only reason, also some times we accidentally close or restart the browser or perhaps electricity fluctuation has made your PC restarted; all these scenarios will cause the closure of all opened tabs of Chrome. However, Chrome itself gives an option to restore closed tabs but not always. Well, don’t worry, we have a way to manually restore all the Chrome tabs even the pinned ones using a single click which we are going to discuss here…

So, let’s see how to restore tabs on chrome mac Windows 10/8/7 or Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, Centos and more…)

Restore chrome tabs after a crash or PC restart

Step 1: Open your chrome browser

Open your Google Chrome browser just after you got a crashed or restarted the browser accidentally. If you see the ‘restore‘ blue colour button just after opening the Chrome on the right side of address bar then click on that and it will restore all chrome tabs. In case you didn’t see that button move to the next step.

Note: Don’t start browsing websites immediately after restart or crash on the Chrome because it will remove the possibility of restore session or closed tabs.

Step 2: Customize and Control Google Chrome

Go to the top right side of the Chrome and you will three dots over there.

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

Step 3: Access the History option

As you click on the three dots which are known as Customize and control Google Chrome option, a pop-menu will open. Take your mouse pointer over the History and you will find sub-menus of it will appear.

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

Step 4: Restore closed tabs in chrome after a restart

When you hover the mouse pointer on history option it will reveal few other options including one which we need to restore the previous session of our Chrome browser.

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

In the above screenshot, you can see that under the History option, a Recently closed has been given and just under that, all the accidentally closed tabs number is showing. As in our case, before closing the Chrome browser, the 6 tabs were active and the same is showing too. To restore the tabs we have to click on this number and it will restore the previous session including pinned tabs of Chrome.

The Keyboard shortcut to restore closed tabs in chrome is Ctrl+Shift+T.

Note: Restoring of Tabs will not work for the browsing session which was in Incognito mode of Chrome because we know private session doesn’t store by the browser locally.

So, this is the way to restore chrome tabs after a crash or accidentally restart of the browser. This method not only saves a lot of time, energy, bandwidth but also the hassle of opening each closed Chrome tab one by one.

Justin Pot has been writing about technology for over a decade, with work appearing in Digital Trends, The Next Web, Lifehacker, MakeUseOf, and the Zapier Blog. He also runs the Hillsboro Signal, a volunteer-driven local news outlet he founded. Read more.

Nick Lewis is a staff writer for How-To Geek. He has been using computers for 20 years — tinkering with everything from the UI to the Windows registry to device firmware. Before How-To Geek, he used Python and C++ as a freelance programmer. In college, Nick made extensive use of Fortran while pursuing a physics degree. Read more.

Google Chrome, or your computer, crashed. All your tabs are gone, and what’s worse, there’s no button offering to “Re-open Last Session” when you reload Chrome. Maybe you missed it? Or maybe it was never there. Either way, you’d really like to get those tabs back.

And you can! Click the three vertical dot button to the right of your address bar.

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

You will see a menu item called “History,” with an arrow next to it. Hover over this with your cursor and you will see your recent history.

If your browser closed or crashed recently, you should see an item called, for example, “3 tabs.” Click that and your entire collection of tabs will be restored.

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

If you only care about a few tabs that were open, you can hover over “3 tabs” to see a list of the tabs that were closed.

If this doesn’t work, you can try a keyboard shortcut. Press Control+Shift+T (or Command+Shift+T if you’re using a Mac) and your most recently closed tab or window will re-open. Keep doing this until your window from earlier re-spawns, or the shortcut stops working.

There’s a chance your window won’t come back, however, particularly if you’ve been using your browser a bit since the crash. If that’s the case, click the “History” option at the top of that menu, or press Control+H on your keyboard (Mac: Command+Y).

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

Sadly, you will not find “bundles” of tabs here the way you did in the menu we pointed out earlier. But if there’s a specific tab you lost, you can find it by scrolling or searching. It’s not perfect, but at least there’s some record of those tabs you lost.

Note that any tabs opened in a Private Browsing tab cannot be recovered using your browsing history. They’re gone forever (which is kind of the point of Private Browsing.)

Google Chrome, or your computer, crashed. All your tabs are gone, and what’s worse, there’s no button offering to “Re-open Last Session” when you reload Chrome. Maybe you missed it? Or maybe it was never there. Either way, you’d really like to get those tabs back.

And you can! Click the three vertical dot button to the right of your address bar.

You will see a menu item called “History,” with an arrow next to it. Hover over this with your cursor and you will see your recent history.

If your browser closed or crashed recently, you should see an item called, for example, “3 tabs.” Click that and your entire collection of tabs will be restored.

If you only care about a few tabs that were open, you can hover over “3 tabs” to see a list of the tabs that were closed.

If this doesn’t work, you can try a keyboard shortcut. Press Control+Shift+T (or Command+Shift+T if you’re using a Mac) and your most recently closed tab or window will re-open. Keep doing this until your window from earlier re-spawns, or the shortcut stops working.

There’s a chance your window won’t come back, however, particularly if you’ve been using your browser a bit since the crash. If that’s the case, click the “History” option at the top of that menu, or press Control+H on your keyboard (Mac: Command+Y).

Sadly, you will not find “bundles” of tabs here the way you did in the menu we pointed out earlier. But if there’s a specific tab you lost, you can find it by scrolling or searching. It’s not perfect, but at least there’s some record of those tabs you lost.

Note that any tabs opened in a Private Browsing tab cannot be recovered using your browsing history. They’re gone forever (which is kind of the point of Private Browsing.)

Google Chrome or your computer has crashed. All your tabs are gone, and what’s worse, there’s no button that offers to “Reopen last session” when you reload Chrome. Maybe you missed it? Or maybe it never was. Either way, you’d love to have those tabs back.

And you can! Click the button with three vertical dots to the right of your address bar.

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

You will see a menu item called “History”, with an arrow next to it. Hover your cursor over this and you will see your recent history.

If your browser has recently closed or crashed, you should see an item called, for example, “3 tabs”. Click that and your entire collection of tabs will be restored.

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

If you are only interested in a few open tabs, you can hover over “3 tabs” to see a list of closed tabs.

If this doesn’t work, you can try a keyboard shortcut. Press Control+Shift+T (or Command+Shift+T if you’re on a Mac) and your most recently closed tab or window reopens. Keep doing this until your window from previous re-spawns, or the shortcut stops working.

However, there is a chance that your window may not come back, especially if you have used your browser a bit since the crash. If so, click the “History” option at the top of that menu or press Control+H on your keyboard (Mac: Command+Y).

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

Unfortunately, you won’t find “bundles” of tabs here like you did in the menu we pointed out earlier. But if you lost a specific tab, you can find it by scrolling or searching. It’s not perfect, but at least there’s an overview of the tabs you’ve lost.

RELATED: How to Enable Private Browsing in Any Web Browser

Please note that all tabs open in a Private Browsing tab cannot be restored with your browsing history. They’re gone forever (which is kind of the point of private browsing.)

This post How To Restore Your Chrome Tabs When There Is No Reopen Last Session Button

This morning I woke up my PC and saw that Firefox isn’t running. I started it and it opened as a window with pinned tab I had but all other tabs are disappeared. It’s the latest FF Quantum. I don’t know what happened, maybe Windows10 restarted on its own as that beast likes to do, I don’t know. I didn’t realized that time that I lost all my tabs, also FF showed separate windows in taskbar for every tab while before I had switched this mode off (I have “show only one window” mode). So I closed a window thinking that it’s a tab then restarted again. Then I realized that something terrible happened. I copied ‘sessionstore-backups’ folder. I checked History menu, all “restore previous windows” items were greyed. I have no any traces of previous session. Inside sessionstore-backups I have only the following files: previous.js previous.jsonlz4 recovery.baklz4 recovery.jsonlz4 upgrade.js-20170628075643 upgrade.js-20170814072924 upgrade.js-20170824053622 upgrade.jsonlz4-20171024165158 upgrade.jsonlz4-20171112125346 upgrade.jsonlz4-20171128222554

In main profile’s folder: sessionstore.js sessionstore.jsonlz4 (no *.bak)

Is there any way to restore my tabs?

Modified December 6, 2017 at 2:13:02 PM PST by EvilShrike

Chosen solution

Good thinking making a backup. Can you check the files using this tool to see which has the latest data before you lost your tabs:

That page also can save a clickable list of links in case the tabs can’t be fully restored.

As you probably notice, the .js files are older, and the .jsonlz4 files are newer. Firefox 56 started using lz4 compression on the session history files.

In order to have Firefox use the file of your choice at startup, you will need to wait for it to exit fully, then:

(1) rename sessionstore.jsonlz4 to sessionstoreOLD.jsonlz4 (2) copy the file you want to restore into your profile folder (3) rename the copied-in file to sessionstore.jsonlz4

At startup, Firefox should read that file. If you have Firefox set to restore previous session windows and tabs automatically, that should happen, but you may need to use “Recently Closed Windows” on the History menu.

If you can’t find any file with the right tabs, there might be other options.

I’m using Opera Version:62.0.3331.116. Long story short a very memory intensive program caused the computer to freeze indefinitely and I turned the computer off. Now I want Opera to restore the tabs from my previous session. I don’t want to go through my history for each individual site, and they’re not all showing there anyway.

I don’t think you can restore them. Open tabs are very delicate when it comes to crashes. You might want to look at some session management extensions to see if you can find one that keeps better track of them and allows you to restore them.

Isn’t there some sort of saved last session file from the last time Opera backed up the tabs that were open?

There’s a “Last session” file that you might be able to copy to a safe place if you haven’t closed Opera yet and if it’s not also corrupted. Then, you could replace the Current Session file with it while Opera is closed. Don’t know if it’ll work.

But, you can look at the Last Session file with a text editor to see if it even has the list of open tabs in there.

@burnout426 I haven’t closed Opera yet. Where is that last session file for Opera 62, and how can I use it to restore my tabs?

Goto the URL opera://about and take note of the profile path. That’s where it’s at. Try copying it to a safe place before you close Opera. Then, you’d rename it “Current Session” and use a copy of it to paste and replace the current “Current Session” file (once you close Opera). Untested though.

View the “Last Sessions” file in a text editor first to make sure all the tabs are listed in there. If not, try one of the other files, but that’s where mine are at.

Thank you very much for your help!

Does that mean you were successful in restoring them by replacing “Current Session” (while Opera was closed) with a copy of “Last Session” (made before Opera closed)?

Nope. I followed your directions and it looked like it could have worked. Unfortunately the last session data was blank after crashing and then having restarting issues. At least in theory if someone else has this problem and searches the web for a solution I think your advice has a chance of helping them.

One thing you can do every once in a while is to right-click on the tab bar or tab and choose “save all tabs to a speed dial folder”. Then, if something like this happens, you can right-click on the folder and choose “open all in new tabs”.

You can also goto opera://bookmarks and export your bookmarks every once in a while so that that speed dial folder is backed up.

It’s manual, but it might help.

On another note, I post a link to one of the session extensions that might help as soon as a find the old thread on here.

Didn’t find the exact thread I wanted to find, but the extension is Session Buddy.

Google Chrome, or your pc, crashed. All of your tabs are gone, and what’s worse, there’s no button providing to “Re-open Final Session” whenever you reload Chrome. Possibly you missed it? Or perhaps it was by no means there. Both method, you’d actually wish to get these tabs again.

And you may! Click on the three vertical dot button to the proper of your handle bar.

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

You will notice a menu merchandise referred to as “Historical past,” with an arrow subsequent to it. Hover over this together with your cursor and you will notice your current historical past.

In case your browser closed or crashed not too long ago, you must see an merchandise referred to as, for instance, “3 tabs.” Click on that and your whole assortment of tabs will likely be restored.

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

In case you solely care about a number of tabs that had been open, you’ll be able to hover over “3 tabs” to see a listing of the tabs that had been closed.

If this doesn’t work, you’ll be able to strive a keyboard shortcut. Press Management+Shift+T (or Command+Shift+T for those who’re utilizing a Mac) and your most not too long ago closed tab or window will re-open. Hold doing this till your window from earlier re-spawns, or the shortcut stops working.

There’s an opportunity your window gained’t come again, nevertheless, notably for those who’ve been utilizing your browser a bit because the crash. If that’s the case, click on the “Historical past” possibility on the prime of that menu, or press Management+H in your keyboard (Mac: Command+Y).

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

Sadly, you’ll not discover “bundles” of tabs right here the best way you probably did within the menu we identified earlier. But when there’s a selected tab you misplaced, you will discover it by scrolling or looking out. It’s not excellent, however a minimum of there’s some document of these tabs you misplaced.

RELATED: The right way to Allow Non-public Looking on Any Net Browser

Word that any tabs opened in a Non-public Looking tab can’t be recovered utilizing your looking historical past. They’re gone ceaselessly (which is form of the purpose of Non-public Looking.)

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Chrome’s sync feature isn’t picking up all of the tabs open on my Android phone.

Are the tabs stored in a file somewhere that I can access?

My intention is to export the list of tabs so that I could run a factory reset on the device.

Running Android 4.3

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You can use the Remote Devices feature in the Chrome debugger to connect to Chrome on the device and access the tabs. Just expand the list of tabs visible to get the full list and then highlight & copy everything shown (including the URLs) to the clipboard: https://developers.google.com/web/tools/chrome-devtools/remote-debugging/

I just managed to export

400 tabs this way.

Just joined this StackExchange to show some appreciation for Jeremy’s answer above, and also add the few lines of JS I used to export the tabs list (since copying with the cursor isn’t ideal!)

As Jeremy said, select Remote devices under More tools on Chrome devtools ⋮ icon (top right of the panel):

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

  • set up USB debugging on your phone (under Settings ⇒ Developer options , root not required)
    • note that you must enable the Developer options menu, it’s hidden by default to protect users
    • on my phone this required tapping multiple times on the build number under Settings ⇒ About Device
  • once this is done, plug your USB in and allow MTP connection
  • when the Chrome devtools remote device panel is open, the phone will then request to allow USB debugging
    • you can opt to always trust the computer

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

Now the device is connected,

  • open a 2nd devtools view on the devtools view from which you selected Remote devices to be able to retrieve the list of tabs using JavaScript
    • note that you must have devtools in pop-out mode (use the vertical ellipsis symbol in the top right of the panel) to be able to get this up, otherwise Command+Option+J(MAC) Ctrl + Shift + J (WINDOWS) will just close the first devtools panel.
  • expand the list from the first few items to all tabs by clicking ‘Show more’
  • to script against the list, use the following few lines of code [entered in the console of the 2nd devtools window]

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

To export a list of all URLs open on Chrome for Android, I chose to just make the list into a markdown formatted text string and copy it to the clipboard

You will then have a list on your clipboard looking like this:

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How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

With vertical tabs in Microsoft Edge, you can now view a convenient vertically-oriented list of tabs on the left side of your browser window. Here’s how to use the tab sidebar in Edge on Windows, macOS, or even Linux.

How to Show and Hide the Vertical Tabs List

Before we get started, make sure you’ve updated to the latest version of the Microsoft Edge. Vertical tabs were added in Microsoft Edge version 89, which was released on March 4, 2021.

Next, launch Edge and open a new window. By default, you’ll see a “turn on vertical tabs” button in the upper-left corner of the window. It looks like a small rounded square with a curved arrow pointing to the left. Click it.

A vertical tabs column will open on the left side of your browser window, and the horizontal tabs bar will disappear. Once it’s open, it works as you might expect it: Click any entry in the tab list and it will immediately open in the window. Also, you can click the “New tab” button to add a new tab, or drag and drop existing tabs to arrange their order.

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

To close the vertical tabs column (and switch back to horizontal tabs), just click the “turn off vertical tabs” button, which looks like a square with an arrow pointing upward. It’s in the upper-left corner of the vertical tabs s.

If you ever want to switch back to vertical tabs, there’s no big surprise there: Just click the “turn on vertical tabs” button again. Very easy!

How to Make the Vertical Tabs List Expand or Collapse Automatically

By default, the vertical tabs bar in Edge stays expanded all the time, which means you can see both the website names and their icons. If you want the vertical tabs column to minimize automatically, tap the vertical carat arrow (it looks like a less-than symbol) in the upper-right corner of the vertical tabs pane.

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

After that, you’ll see a minimized version of the vertical tabs sidebar that shows only the icons of the websites that are open as tabs. In this view, tap the plus (“+”) button to add a new tab at any time.

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

If you want to go back to a permanently expanded vertical tabs list, hover your mouse over the vertical tabs bar until it expands. Then click the push-pin icon in the upper-right corner of the tabs list.

After that, the vertical tabs list will be “pinned” open in its expanded state.

What If I Don’t See The Vertical Tabs Button?

If you don’t see the vertical tabs button, then either you haven’t updated to the latest version of Edge, or you’ve previously hidden the vertical tabs button.

To see the vertical tabs button again, click the ellipses button in the upper-right corner of any Edge window and choose “Settings” from the menu.

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

In Settings, click “Appearance,” then locate the “Customize toolbar” section. Flip the switch beside “Show vertical tabs button” to turn it on.

Upon flipping the switch, the vertical tabs button will appear instantly. Close the Settings tab, and you’re done. Happy browsing!

Did you know that Firefox has a hotkey to reopen a closed tab? Press Ctrl + Shift + T and the tab comes back. This can be a lifesaver, but if you close several tabs, and then realize you need one of them back, that’s when it becomes a problem.

You have to keep using the keyboard shortcut several times, until you get the tab you wanted, or you could open the recently closed tabs folder in the browsing history.

Besides being unable to see the list of closed tabs, there’s also the added task of having to close the other reopened tabs. So much for convenience, that’s quite a hassle, right?

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

I reviewed an extension called Undo Close Tab, which makes the task simpler. Undo Closed Tabs Button is a similar extension, but with more features and in my opinion, a much better menu. Install the add-on and click its button, and the menu pops-out. I’ll compare the two extensions, to explain why I think the newer one is better.

Undo Closed Tabs Button’s pop-up menu does not have an extended context-menu with Firefox’s toolbar options, like the other extension. Though the menu is similar in size, the plugin doesn’t waste any of the space. Undo Closed Tabs Button displays all 25 tabs in one go, without a sub-menu.

The add-on’s tab menu lacks one important option, open in Container tab. I don’t think it might be possible to add support for that, since add-ons cannot access the settings of other add-ons. That being said, the extension does reopen a closed tab in the container it was opened in.

The vertical tab list in Undo Closed Tabs Button has the favicon and tab-title. You can open all closed tabs with a single-click, using the button in the bottom left corner. Or, if you want to discard them, hit the 2nd button, Forget all the closed items. The Chrome version of the extension has a shortcut that takes you to your browsing history. You know, the chrome://history tab.

The gear icon takes you to Undo Closed Tabs Button’s settings. The option labeled, “Number of tab sessions to be displayed”, doesn’t actually refer to your sessions, rather it is related to the number of tabs to be listed in the pop-up menu. The default value is 25, so it displays a total of 25 recently closed tabs, in chronological order. You can set it to a higher value if you don’t like scrolling through the list. The only other setting on the page allows you to change the font size of the tab titles.

Download Undo Closed Tabs Button for Firefox and Chrome.

I couldn’t find a Git repo for Undo Closed Tabs Button, so if you want to check its source code, you’ll have to analyze the XPI manually.

The other add-on, Undo Close Tab does not have a right-click menu at all., but the context menu in Undo Closed Tabs Button is kind of worse. It would have been better if the add-on displayed Firefox’s tab bar menu, but instead it has the Page context menu, which is of no use to us. Every option listed in the menu applies to the extension’s pop-up panel, and not the tab that you right-clicked on. e.g. If you click on View Page Source, you expect to see the webpage’s code, instead the add-on will open a tab with the code of the menu.

Maybe that’s harsh, but I think it was worth mentioning, and hope it’s just a placeholder. I would’ve liked a search bar in the menu, it could make finding tabs a bit easier.

Chrome’s sync feature isn’t picking up all of the tabs open on my Android phone.

Are the tabs stored in a file somewhere that I can access?

My intention is to export the list of tabs so that I could run a factory reset on the device.

Running Android 4.3

10 Answers 10

You can use the Remote Devices feature in the Chrome debugger to connect to Chrome on the device and access the tabs. Just expand the list of tabs visible to get the full list and then highlight & copy everything shown (including the URLs) to the clipboard: https://developers.google.com/web/tools/chrome-devtools/remote-debugging/

I just managed to export

400 tabs this way.

Just joined this StackExchange to show some appreciation for Jeremy’s answer above, and also add the few lines of JS I used to export the tabs list (since copying with the cursor isn’t ideal!)

As Jeremy said, select Remote devices under More tools on Chrome devtools ⋮ icon (top right of the panel):

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

  • set up USB debugging on your phone (under Settings ⇒ Developer options , root not required)
    • note that you must enable the Developer options menu, it’s hidden by default to protect users
    • on my phone this required tapping multiple times on the build number under Settings ⇒ About Device
  • once this is done, plug your USB in and allow MTP connection
  • when the Chrome devtools remote device panel is open, the phone will then request to allow USB debugging
    • you can opt to always trust the computer

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

Now the device is connected,

  • open a 2nd devtools view on the devtools view from which you selected Remote devices to be able to retrieve the list of tabs using JavaScript
    • note that you must have devtools in pop-out mode (use the vertical ellipsis symbol in the top right of the panel) to be able to get this up, otherwise Command+Option+J(MAC) Ctrl + Shift + J (WINDOWS) will just close the first devtools panel.
  • expand the list from the first few items to all tabs by clicking ‘Show more’
  • to script against the list, use the following few lines of code [entered in the console of the 2nd devtools window]

How to restore your chrome tabs when there’s no “re-open last session” button

To export a list of all URLs open on Chrome for Android, I chose to just make the list into a markdown formatted text string and copy it to the clipboard

You will then have a list on your clipboard looking like this: