Sync settings

Customize sync settings

When you sign in on a Chromebook, changes you make to your browser settings (as well as any apps, bookmarks, extensions, and other preferences) are automatically saved in your Google Account using Chrome's sync ability. To choose what information should be synced to your account or adjust how your data is encrypted, go to the Settings page on your Chromebook. The Google Dashboard gives you full control over your information, should you ever want to remove synced information from your account.

Choose what items to sync and encryption options

  1. If you haven't already, sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. Click the status area in the lower-right corner of the screen, where your account picture appears.
  3. Select Settings and find the "Users" section.
  4. Click Advanced sync settings.

    Using 2-step verification?

    If you've set up 2-step verification for your account, you may need to manually set up sync.

    1. Check if you see the Sign in to Chrome button.
    2. If so, click it and enter your normal Google Account password in the dialog. Do not enter an application-specific password here.
    3. Next, you may be asked to enter an "application-specific password" or an "access code." In either case, generate the password on your Authorizing applications and sites page and paste it into the dialog. Note: Application-specific passwords are not the same as verification codes.
  5. In the "Advanced sync settngs" dialog that appears, choose what you want to sync.
    • Sync everything: Select "Sync everything" from the drop down menu.
    • Choose specific items to sync: Select "Choose what to sync" from the drop down menu. Select the checkboxes for the items you want to sync.
  6. Google Chrome encrypts your synced passwords using your Google Account password to make sure your personal information stays private. You can adjust what information is encrypted and the password that should be used to encrypt your settings.

    Note: If you change your encryption method on one computer, you might see a sync error on other computers where you’re syncing your browsing settings. Enter the new passphrase on other computers to continue syncing.

  7. Click OK.

If you've previously created a custom passphrase to encrypt your information, you'll be asked to provide the passphrase. Unfortunately, passphrases can't be restored if you can't remember the passphrase you've set. Go to Google Dashboard to remove sync information from your Google Account, then set up sync again.

Information that can be synced

Stopping sync

You can't disable sync on your Chromebook, but you can customize the information that should be synced.

  1. Click the status area in the lower-right corner of the screen, where your account picture appears.
  2. Select Settings and find the "Users" section.
  3. Click Advanced sync settings.
  4. In the dialog that appears, deselect the checkboxes for the items that shouldn't be synced.

Changes you make to the items you've deselected will no longer show up on your other computers or be saved in your account.

Delete synced information from your account

You can delete your synced information from your Google Account at any time, using the Google Dashboard.

  1. Click the status area in the lower-right corner of the screen, where your account picture appears.
  2. Select Settings and find the "Users" section.
  3. In the "Users" section, click Google Dashboard.
  4. Go to the "Chrome sync" section in the dashboard and click Stop sync and delete data from Google.

Open the Google Dashboard

All the information that has been synced to your account will be deleted, but not from your Chromebook. That means information like your bookmarks, apps, and extensions on your Chromebook won't show up if you enable sync on another computer.

Next steps

Using your Chromebook at work or school? Your sync settings might be unavailable, or your network administrator might customize them for you. Learn about using a managed Chromebook