Turn Chrome Sync on or off for users

If you're an administrator of Google accounts for an organization, you can control who uses Chrome Sync from their account. Just turn the service on or off for those people in the Google Admin console. People who have Chrome Sync turned on can save and sync things like their history, bookmarks, and passwords, so they can get to them on any device by signing in with their Google account. If Chrome Sync is turned off, they can only access information that's stored locally on each device. 

If you have enabled Android apps on Chrome OS in your organization and Chrome Sync is turned off, backup and restore of Android app data won't function properly on Chrome devices. To run Android apps on Chrome OS, it must be supported on the specific device model.

To control who uses Chrome Sync

Before you begin: To turn the service on or off for select groups of users, put their accounts in an organizational unit.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console dashboard, go to Apps and then Additional Google services and then  Click on Google Chrome Sync.
  3. At the top of the gray box, click More Settingsand choose:
    • On for everyone to turn on the service for all users (click again to confirm).
    • Off to turn off the service for all users (click again to confirm).
    • On for some organizations to change the setting only for some users.
  4. If you chose On for some organizations:
    1. In the left panel, select Settings for specific org units.
    2. Select the organization that contains the users whose settings you want to change.
    3. Click Override or Inherit, whichever appears.

      Override makes the setting stay the same, even if the parent setting changes.
      Inherit reverts to the same setting as its parent.

    4. If you clicked Override, select On or Off  to change the setting.
    5. Click Save.

    Learn more about the organizational structure.

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