How to manage the Google Chrome synchronization settings?

If you use the Google Chrome browser, you can link a Google account and sync data with Google.

Syncing data helps to use personal settings on different apps or devices where you sign in with the Google account. For example, you can sync data and settings through Google Chrome.

Google Chrome syncing is a feature of the Chrome browser that stores copies of a user’s Chrome bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and browser and extension settings on Google’s cloud servers.

This article tells you how to change and manage the data you sync with Google’s cloud servers. For example, you can manage what you want to sync by enabling or disabling different settings for syncing.

How to manage the Google Chrome synchronization settings?

As indicated in the accompanying text, you must be logged into the Google Chrome browser with a Google account. Learn how to create a Google account here.

How to enable Google Chrome synchronization?

You can turn on synchronization by clicking on the profile icon in the menu bar. Then click on “Turn on sync” and sign in with your Google account details.

Turn on Sync in the Google Chrome browser

After you sign in, you will see the following message to turn on synchronization.

Sync your bookmarks, passwords, history, and more on all your devices. Google may use your history to personalize Search and other Google services.

Click “Yes, I’m in” to start syncing if you haven’t already done so.

Login to Sync in Chrome browser

How to configure what data you want to sync with Google in the Google Chrome browser

To configure what you want to sync, you need to open the settings. To do this, click on the menu icon in the upper right corner. In the menu, click on Settings.

Open the Google Chrome settings

In the left menu, click on “You and Google”. You are now in the settings where you can choose different options to manage synchronization in Google Chrome.

Here, by clicking on the “Turn off” button, you can turn off synchronization in Chrome. Then, by clicking on “Sync and Google Services” you can change the synchronized data.

There is also a shortcut to “Manage your Google account” which opens a new window with Google account settings. By clicking on “Customize your Chrome Profile” you can change profile settings in Google Chrome such as avatar (profile image) and profile name.

Optionally, you can import bookmarks and settings from another browser by clicking “Import Bookmarks and Settings”.

This guide will explain how to manage the data for synchronization. To manage this data, such as settings etc, click on “Sync and Google services”.

Sync and Google services

There are four different links to settings in the sync settings. By clicking on “Manage what you sync” you can control what data is sent to the Google cloud servers.

“Control how your browser history is used to personalize Google Search and more” takes you to a new page on to manage this data.

To see all the data you have already synced, click on “Review your synced data”. Here you can then view or delete this data.

Finally, there is an option to change the encryption for this data. All synchronized data on the Google cloud servers is encrypted with a key from your Google account. You can change this to your own password phrase if you wish.

Manage sync data settings in the Google Chrome browser

Click on “Manage what you sync” to customize the Chrome sync data.

By default, the sync is set to “sync everything”. However, by clicking “Customize Sync” you can enable or disable specific settings and features from syncing.

Manage what you sync with Google in the Google Chrome browser

The data that is synchronized within Google Chrome to the Google cloud servers are;

Apps, bookmarks, extensions, the browser history, Google Chrome preferences, themes, the reading list, opened tabs, saved passwords, completed addresses, payment methods, offers, and addresses through Google Pay.

By enabling or disabling each individual piece of data by clicking on the blue slider, you can determine if this data should be included in the Chrome sync or not.

I hope this has helped you adjust the data sync in Google Chrome to your liking. Thank you for reading!

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