Sync information across Chromebooks

When you sync your apps, extensions, bookmarks, and other information across Chromebooks, you can access them on any Chromebook you use.

What you can sync

  • Apps and extensions from the Chrome Web Store (except extensions that have plug-ins)
  • Chrome browser settings
  • Custom wallpapers
  • Language preferences

Set up sync

You can set up sync on your Chromebook in different ways, depending on whether you're using a personal Chromebook or a work or school Chromebook, and what level of security you've set up.

Sync across personal Chromebooks
  1. Sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. In the "People" section, click Advanced sync settings.
  5. In the box that appears, choose what you want to sync:
    • To sync everything, select Sync everything from the dropdown menu.
    • To choose specific items to sync, select Choose what to sync from the dropdown menu, then check the items you want to sync.
  6. Click OK.
Sync across work or school Chromebooks

If you're using a Chromebook at work or at school, you'll need to have your administrator set up sync for you.

Sync while using 2-step verification
  1. Sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. Open a Chrome browser window and click Sign in.
  3. Enter your Google Account name and password.
  4. A code will be sent to you via text, voice call, or Google Authenticator app. When you receive the code, enter it into the box and click Verify.
    • If you're asked to enter an "application-specific password" or an "access code," generate the password on your Authorizing applications and sites page, then enter it into the box.
  5. Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
  6. Click Settings.
  7. In the "People" section, click Advanced sync settings.
  8. In the box that appears, choose what you want to sync:
    • To sync everything, select Sync everything from the dropdown menu.
    • To choose specific items to sync, select Choose what to sync from the dropdown menu, then check the items you want to sync.
  9. Click OK.

Note: Verification codes won't work to authorize apps and sites.

Sync while using a custom passphrase
  1. Sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. Enter your passphrase.
  3. Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
  4. Click Settings.
  5. In the "People" section, click Advanced sync settings.
  6. In the box that appears, choose what you want to sync:
    • To sync everything, select Sync everything from the dropdown menu.
    • To choose specific items to sync, select Choose what to sync from the dropdown menu, then check the items you want to sync.
  7. Click OK.

Note: You'll need to enter the passphrase on each Chromebook you want to sync. If you've forgotten your passphrase, go to Google Dashboard and remove sync information from your Google Account, then set up sync again.

Turn off sync

  1. Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. In the "People" section, click Advanced sync settings.
  4. In the box that appears, uncheck the items you no longer want to sync.

Delete synced information from your account

You can delete your synced information from your Google Account at any time:

  1. Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. In the "People" section, click Google Dashboard.
  4. In the window that opens, go to the "Chrome sync" section and click Reset sync.

All the information that has been synced will be deleted from your Google Account. All of your bookmarks, apps, and extensions will stay on your Chromebook, but won't show up on other Chromebooks you use.

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