Sign in to Chrome

When you sign in to the Chrome browser, you can save and sync things like your bookmarks, history, passwords and other settings to your Google Account, so you can get to them on any device.

You should only sign in to Chrome from trusted computers. To keep your data safe, we recommend you don't sign in if you're on a public computer.

Find out what signing in to Chrome means

How it's different from signing in to a website

Website sign-in: Signing in to a website allows the website to remember some of your preferences and information.

Chrome sign-in: Signing in to Chrome connects your Google Account to your browser for a more personalised browsing experience. All of your Chrome data, like your bookmarks, history, passwords and other settings, will be synced to your Google Account and available on any device where you sign in to Chrome. You'll also be automatically signed in to Gmail, YouTube, Search or other Google services.

How signing in to Chrome helps you
  • Your browsing data, like your bookmarks, history, passwords and other settings, are saved and synced to your Google Account. That way, your data is available on any device where you sign in to Chrome with the same account. And, any changes you make to your data on one device sync to all the devices where you're signed in to Chrome.
     
  • If your computer is stolen or broken, you can get back your bookmarks, history, passwords and other settings just by signing in to Chrome again on your new computer.
     
  • Your Google services, like Gmail, YouTube and Search are easier to use, since you'll automatically be signed in to them as well.
How Chrome works with Web & App Activity

You can also get a more customised experience in Google products other than Chrome when you link your Chrome history with your search and browser activity from Web & App Activity.

If "Include history from Chrome and other apps in your Web & App Activity" is ticked on the Web & App Activity controls page, Google uses your synchronised browsing data to provide personalised Google products and services to you. You can change your preference at any time and manage individual activities associated with your Google account.

Keep your data safe when signed-in to Chrome

Don't sign in to Chrome if you're using a public or untrusted computer. A copy of your data is stored on the computer you're using when you sign in and other people who use the same computer can see it. To keep your information secure, synced data is encrypted when it travels between your computer and Google's servers.

As an added layer of protection, your saved passwords are encrypted on Google's servers using a cryptographic key. You also have the option to encrypt all your synced data. You can remove your synced data from your account at any time.

Manage the data that get synced across devices. You can control what gets synced.

Steps to sign in to Chrome

To sign in to Chrome, you'll need a Google Account. Once you have one, follow these steps:

Computer
  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the top right, click the button with your name or the person icon .
  3. Click Sign in to Chrome.
  4. Sign in with your Google Account.
  5. To customise your sync settings, click Settings. This lets you choose what information to share across other devices where you're signed into Chrome.

If you share your computer with others, find out how to manage multiple people in Chrome.

Note: If you've already created a sync passphrase to protect your data, you'll need to provide the passphrase when you sign in. If you forget your passphrase, you'll need to reset sync.

Android phone or tablet
  1. Open the Google Chrome app Chrome logo.
  2. Touch the Menu .
  3. Touch Settings > Sign in to Chrome.
  4. Touch the account that you want to use.
  5. Touch Sign in.

Note: If you've already created a sync passphrase to protect your data, you'll need to provide the passphrase when you sign in. If you forget your passphrase, you'll need to reset sync.

iPhone or iPad
  1. Open the Google Chrome app Chrome logo.
  2. Touch the Menu .
  3. Touch Settings > Sign in to Chrome.
  4. Touch the account that you want to use.
  5. Touch Sign in.

Note: If you've already created a sync passphrase, you'll need to provide it when you sign in. If you forget your passphrase, you’ll need to reset sync.

Chromebook

Find out how to change your sync settings on a Chromebook.

Note: If you've already created a sync passphrase, you'll need to provide it when you sign in. If you forget your passphrase, you'll need to reset sync.

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