How To Enable Chrome Sync on Desktop and Android

I was the last one in my entire friend circle to switch to Chrome, and the main reason to ditch my beloved Firefox was the native user data synchronization feature of Chrome. It syncs all your open tabs, bookmarks, browsing history, installed extensions and apps, custom settings, saved passwords etc. across multiple devices. While the Mozilla devs are still struggling to improve sync feature of Firefox, Chrome Sync works brilliantly and almost in real time.


Set up Chrome Sync on desktop

On first run, Chrome automatically prompts users to sign in to Chrome using their Google account. If you’ve already signed in to Chrome, you can check your sync settings by visiting Chrome’s menu > Settings.




Click on the “Advanced sync settings” button to launch the settings panel as shown in the first screenshot, where you can disable or enable Chrome sync for individual browsing data. The default setting is to sync everything (bookmarks, history, open tabs, extensions and apps, auto-fill data, themes, saved password, site-specific settings). You may disable individual items as per your needs.

For example, I’ve disabled synchronization of apps and extensions because I use different computers for different purposes. On my primary desktop computer, I’ve lots of extensions installed, while on my Chromebook I enjoy the goodness of many awesome Chrome apps including my own Bing Background Wallpaper (which works only on Chrome OS).

Set up Chrome Sync on Android

Similar to desktop, Chrome on Android prompts users to connect their Google account to enable sync on first run. To manually enable Chrome sync on Android phones and tablets, tap on the third icon at the bottom of new tab page, as shown in the following screenshot:


Just to remind you here that Chrome on mobile platforms doesn’t support extensions and apps yet.

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Posted by Arpit Gupta

Arpit maintains several browser-based tools including many popular extensions. Follow him on Twitter, or email at
Article published on July 19, 2014, Last updated on .

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