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Sync your account settings

You can save and sync things like your history, bookmarks, and passwords to your Google Account. That way you'll always have them on any Chromebook and in Google Chrome on other devices where you're signed in.

Syncing works with Chrome OS version 18 and later, and is on by default when you sign in to your Chromebook.

How syncing helps
  • Your settings and data are synced to your Google Account. This way, your saved settings will be ready when you sign in to the same account on a different Chromebook.
  • If your Chromebook is stolen or broken, you can get back your history, settings, data, bookmarks, apps, extensions, and themes just by signing in again. (Note: Downloads are not synced.)
  • Changes to Chrome will sync right away. If you've signed in to the same Google Account on a different Chromebook and have sync turned on, any changes you make on your Chromebook will show on Google Chrome on other devices where you're signed in.
Keep your data secure when signed in

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 can choose to encrypt all your synced data.

You can remove your synced data from your account at any time.

Choose what information to sync

  1. In a new Chrome tab, click More More > Settings.
  2. In the "People" section, click Advanced sync settings.
  3. In the "Advanced sync settings" box that appears, select the checkboxes for the items you want to sync.
  4. Click OK.

Note: If you're using a Chromebook at work or at school, your administrator might choose to turn off sync. If so, you won't be able to sync your information.

Delete synced information from your account

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

  1. In a new Chrome tab, click More More > Settings.
  2. In the "People" section, click Google Dashboard.
  3. In the window that opens, 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.

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

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