Sync your apps with your Google Account

You can manage how your apps sync messages, email, and other recent data in your Google Account.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 9.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

What sync does

When your phone or tablet syncs, your Google apps refresh their data, and you get notifications about updates.

Which apps sync

By default, your apps made by Google automatically sync with your Google Account. You can turn auto-sync off or back on for individual apps made by Google. Whether other apps can sync varies by app.

See your Google apps that can auto-sync
  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap About And then Google Account And then Account sync.
    • If you have more than one account on your device, tap the one you want.
  3. See a list of your Google apps and when they last synced.
Check your other apps that couldn't sync
Important: If an app doesn’t show in your phone or tablet’s Settings app under "Accounts," it can’t auto-sync with your Google Account.

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

Turn off auto-sync

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Passwords & accounts.
  3. If you have more than one account on your phone, tap the one you want to sync.
  4. Tap Account sync.
  5. Turn off the apps you don't want to auto-sync.

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

Manually sync your account

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap About And then Google Account And then Account sync.
    • If you have more than one account on your device, tap the one you want to sync.
  3. Tap More And then Sync now.

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

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