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Most recent history always shows the same page

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On all the Firefox browsers I have synced together, the history shows the same tab everyday as today’s most recently visited page even though it isn’t. The tab it shows is an email from 2016 that I haven’t visited for years. Any idea why this is stuck or how to fix it? (Yes, this has been happening since 2016, but I just now decided to try to fix it instead of living with the bug)

On all the Firefox browsers I have synced together, the history shows the same tab everyday as today’s most recently visited page even though it isn’t. The tab it shows is an email from 2016 that I haven’t visited for years. Any idea why this is stuck or how to fix it? (Yes, this has been happening since 2016, but I just now decided to try to fix it instead of living with the bug)

Modified by Caleb Perhne

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Do you still have this problem on one of the devices if you disconnect all devices from Sync ?


If you use Sync then best is to disconnect Sync temporarily during troubleshooting.

This could be a problem with the places.sqlite and favicons.sqlite files in the Firefox profile folder that store the bookmarks and history.

  • use the "Places Database" -> "Verify Integrity" button on the "Help -> More Troubleshooting Information" (about:support) page

If errors are reported with "Verify Integrity", close and restart Firefox or reboot and retry.

If "Verify Integrity" cannot repair places.sqlite, rename/remove all places.sqlite and favicons.sqlite files in the Firefox profile folder with Firefox closed. Firefox will rebuild places.sqlite and restore the bookmarks from the most recent JSON backup in the bookmarkbackups folder.

  • keep a backup copy of places.sqlite in case a new places.sqlite database has to be created
  • you lose the history when a new places.sqlite is created

You may have to restore an older bookmarks backup in the bookmarkbackups folder via the Bookmarks Manager (Library).

See also:

You can use the button on the "Help -> More Troubleshooting Information" (about:support) page to go to the current Firefox profile folder or use the about:profiles page (Root directory).

If you use Sync then best is to reconnect one device at the time and wait for the initial Sync to finish before connecting another device once you have fixed the bookmarks/history.


You can check for problems with the sessionstore.jsonlz4 file in the Firefox profile folder that stores session data.

  • rename/remove sessionstore.jsonlz4 (remove a possible sessionstore.js)

You may also have to rename the sessionstore-backups folder to prevent Firefox from using session files in this folder.

When sessionstore.jsonlz4 is deleted you lose pinned-tabs and open tabs and you will have to recreate them, so if necessary make a note or bookmark them. sessionstore.jsonlz4 is only present in the Firefox profile folder when Firefox is closed.

You can use the button on the "Help -> More Troubleshooting Information" (about:support) page to go to the current Firefox profile folder or use the about:profiles page (Root directory).