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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. Find out 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 a trusted computer, open Chrome and sign in.
  2. At the top-right, click More More.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Under "Sign in", click Advanced sync settings.
  5. Choose the information that you want to sync:
    • To sync all data, click the Down arrow Down Arrow and then Sync everything.
    • To choose what gets synced, click the Down arrow Down Arrow and then Choose what to sync. Then tick the boxes that you want.
  6. Under "Encryption options", choose how to protect your information:
    • Encrypt synced passwords with your 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.
  7. Click OK.

On a Chromebook? Find out how to sync information across Chromebooks

Personalise 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 personalise 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 personalise 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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