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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 a trusted computer, open Chrome and sign in.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. Near the top, click Sync.
  4. Choose the information you want to sync:
    • To sync all data, turn on Sync everything.
    • To choose what gets synced, turn off Sync everything. Then, check the boxes you want.
  5. Under "Encryption options," choose how to protect your information:
    • Encrypt synced passwords with your Google username and password 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.

On a Chromebook? Learn how to sync information across Chromebooks

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.

Casey is a Chromebook expert and author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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