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Sync Chrome data across devices

When you're signed in to Chrome on different devices, you can sync bookmarks, history, passwords, and other settings across them. Learn how to sign in to Chrome.

To help keep your data private:

  • Only sign in to Chrome from trusted devices.
  • Don't sign in to Chrome on a public or shared device.

Choose what to sync & how to protect it

By default, when you sign in to Chrome, all your Chrome data will be synced to your Google Account. This includes bookmarks, history, passwords, and other information.

If you don't want to sync everything, you can also select what types of Chrome data to sync.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Chrome app Chrome app.
  2. Tap More More and then Settings.
  3. Tap your account name.
  4. Tap Sync.
  5. Choose the information you want to sync:
    • To sync all data, switch Sync everything ON.
    • To choose what gets synced, switch Sync everything OFF, then check the boxes you want.
  6. To choose how to protect your information, tap Encryption:
    • Encrypt passwords with Google credentials means that any synced passwords are kept secure by Google with your Google sign-in information.
    • Encrypt all synced data with your own sync passphrase means that any synced passwords plus all your other Chrome data are kept secure by a passphrase. No one can read your encrypted data unless they know the passphrase.

Fix "Android system sync disabled" error

To sync info in the Chrome app, you need to let your Android device sync info to your accounts.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Accounts.
  3. At the top right, tap More More.
  4. Make sure the box next to "Auto-sync data" is checked.

Personalize your Google experience with browser history

The Google Web & App Activity setting includes an option to store your synced Chrome browsing history as part of your saved activity.

This activity may be used to personalize your experience on other Google products, like Search or ads. For example, you may see a news story recommended in your feed based on your Chrome history.

You can always control and review your activity at My Account.

If you don't want to personalize your Google products, you can still use Google's cloud to store and sync your Chrome data without letting Google read any of your data. To add an additional layer of encryption, set up a sync passphrase.

Megan is a Google Chrome expert and the author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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