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Sync your apps with your Google Account

You can manage how your apps sync messages, email, and other recent data in your Google Account. You can change your sync settings at any time.

Note: Some of this information may not apply to all devices because Android isn't exactly the same on every device. These instructions are for devices with Android 6.0 and up. See what version of Android you have.

What sync does

When auto-sync is on, your Google apps automatically refresh data, and your device automatically gets notifications about updates.

Which apps sync

By default, your Google apps automatically sync with your Google Account. You can choose to turn automatic sync on or off for individual Google apps. Other apps may or may not sync.

See your Google apps that can auto-sync
  1. Open your device’s Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Personal," tap Accounts and then Google. If you have multiple accounts on your device, also tap the account you want.
  3. See a list of your Google apps and when they last synced.
Check your other apps that may not sync

If an app doesn’t show in your device’s Settings app under Accounts and then Google, it isn’t a Google app and can’t auto-sync with your Google Account.

For other apps, look in each app’s settings menu for an option to sign in or sync.

Get new apps

Before you can sync an app with your account, you’ll need to install that app on your device.

You can get new apps from the Google Play Store or Play Store app Play Store.

Learn how to get, find, and open apps.

Turn off auto-sync

You can turn off auto-sync for only certain Google apps, or for your whole Google Account.

Turning off auto-sync can help save battery life. To resume automatic syncing after your battery recharges, turn auto-sync back on.

Turn off auto-sync for certain Google apps
  1. Open your device’s Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Personal," tap Accounts and then Google. If you have multiple accounts on your device, also tap the account you want.
  3. Switch off apps that you don’t want to auto-sync.

Note: Turning off auto-sync for an app doesn't remove the app. It only stops the app from automatically refreshing your data.

Turn off auto-sync for your Google Account
  1. Open your device’s Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Personal," tap Accounts and then More More.
  3. Uncheck Auto-sync data.

Manually sync your account

Manual sync refreshes your account data for all your Google apps, including any apps with auto-sync turned off.

  1. Open your device’s Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Personal," tap Accounts and then Google. If you have multiple accounts on your device, also tap the account you want.
  3. Tap More More and then Sync now.

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