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How to Enable or Disable Google Sync

If you use Chrome as your default browser, then you may be aware of the Google sync feature that allows you to sync bookmarks, extensions, passwords, browsing history, and other such settings. Chrome uses your Google account to sync the data to all your device. The Google sync feature comes in handy when you have multiple devices and you don’t wish to add everything again on another computer. However, you may not like the Google sync feature and may not want to sync everything on the computer that you are using. Therefore, to help you out, we have a guide that you can follow if want to enable or disable Google sync on your device.

How to Enable & Disable Google Sync

How to Enable & Disable Google Sync

What happens when you enable Google Sync?

If you are enabling the Google sync feature on your Google account, then you can check the following activities:

  • You will be able to view and access your saved passwords, bookmarks, extensions, browsing history across all your devices whenever you log in on your Google account.
  • When you log in to your Google account, it will automatically login you to your Gmail, YouTube, and other Google services.

How to Turn On Google sync

If you don’t know how to enable Google Sync on your desktop, Android, or iOS device, then you may follow the methods below:

Turn On Google Sync on Desktop

If you wish to turn on Google sync on your desktop, then you may follow these steps:

1. The first step is to head to the Chrome browser and log in to your Google account by entering your username and password.

2. After you successfully login into your account, click on the three vertical dots from the top-right corner of your browser screen.

3. Go to Settings.

Go to Settings

4. Now, click on you and google section from the panel on the left.

5. Finally, click on Turn on sync next to your Google account.

Click on turn on sync next to your Google account

Enable Google Sync for Android

If you use your Android device to handle your Google account, then you may follow these steps to enable the Google sync. Before proceeding with the steps, make sure you log in on your Google account on your device:

1. Open Google Chrome on your Android device and click on the three vertical dots from the top-right corner of the screen.

2. Click on Settings.

Click on Settings

3. Tap on Sync and Google services.

Tap on sync and google services

4. Now, turn on the toggle next to Sync your Chrome data.

Turn on the toggle next to sync your Chrome data

However, if you don’t want to sync everything, you can click on manage sync to choose from the available options.

Also Read: Fix Google Calendar not syncing on Android

Turn On Google Sync on iOS device

If you want to enable Google sync on your iOS device, follow these steps:

1. Open your Chrome browser and click on the three horizontal lines from the bottom-right corner of the screen.

2. Click on Settings.

3. Go to Sync and Google services.

4. Now, turn on the toggle next to sync your Chrome data.

5. Finally, tap on done on the top of the screen to save the changes.

How to Turn off Google Sync

When you turn off Google sync, your previous synced settings will remain the same. However, Google will not sync the new changes in bookmarks, passwords, Browsing history after you disable Google sync. 

Turn Off Google Sync on Desktop

1. Open your Chrome browser and log into your Google account.

2. Now, click on the three vertical dots in the top-right corner of the screen and click on Settings.

3. Under the ‘You and Google section’, click on turn off next to your Google account.

Turn Off Google Sync on Chrome Desktop

That’s it; your Google settings will no longer sync with your account. Alternatively, if you wish to manage what activities to sync, you can follow these steps:

1. Go back to Settings and click on Sync and Google services.

2. Tap on Manage what you sync.

Click on Manage what you sync

3. Finally, you can click on Customize sync to manage the activities that you wish to sync.

Disable Google Sync for Android

If you want to turn off Google sync on an Android device, you may follow these steps:

1. Open your Chrome browser and click on the three vertical dots from the top-right corner of the screen.

2. Go to Settings.

3. Tap on Sync and Google services.

Tap on sync and google services

4. Finally, turn off the toggle next to Sync your Chrome data.

Alternatively, you can also turn off Google sync from your device’s settings. Follow these steps to disable Google sync:

1. Drag the notifications panel of your device and click on the Gear icon to open settings.

2. Scroll down and open Accounts and sync.

3. Click on Google.

4. Now, select your Google account where you wish to disable the Google sync.

5. Finally, you can uncheck the boxes next to the list of available Google services to prevent the activities from syncing.

Also Read: Fix Gmail app is not syncing on Android

Disable Google Sync on iOS device

If you are an iOS user and want to disable sync in Google Chrome, follow these steps:

1. Open your chrome browser and click on the three horizontal lines from the bottom-right corner of the screen.

2. Click on Settings.

3. Go to Sync and Google services.

4. Now, turn off the toggle next to sync your Chrome data.

5. Finally, tap on done on the top of the screen to save the changes.

6. That’s it; your activities will no longer sync with your Google account.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. How do I permanently turn off Sync?

To permanently turn off Google sync, open your Chrome browser and click on the three vertical dots from the top-right corner of the screen to go to the settings. Go to the ‘you and google’ section from the panel on the left. Finally, you can click on turn off next to your Google account to permanently turn off the Sync.

Q2. Why is my Google Account sync disabled?

You may have to enable Google sync manually on your account. By default, Google enables the sync option for users, but due to improper setting configuration, you may disable the Google sync feature for your account. Here is how to enable Google sync:

a) Open your Chrome browser and go to settings by clicking on the three vertical dots from the top-right corner of the screen.

b) Now, under the ‘you and Google’ section, click on turn on next to your Google account. However, make sure you log in on your Google account beforehand.

Q3. How do I turn on Google Sync?

To turn on Google sync, you can easily follow the methods that we have listed in our guide. You can easily turn on Google sync by accessing your Google account settings. Alternatively, you can also enable the Google sync by accessing the accounts and sync option in your phone’s setting.

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We hope this guide was helpful and you were able to enable or disable Google sync on your device. Still, if you have any doubts, then feel free to ask them in the comment section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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