How to Disable Chrome Sync on Your Devices

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One of the really cool features of the Chrome web browser is that it lets you synchronize bookmarks, browsing history, saved passwords, and other personal settings across all of your devices via your Google Account. Nonetheless, you may want to turn off Chrome sync for a variety of reasons.

These instructions apply the desktop version of Google Chrome and the Chrome mobile app for iOS and Android.

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How to Turn Off Sync on Chrome

Follow these instructions to turn off sync on Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows:

  1. Select the three dots in the top-right corner of Google Chrome, then choose Settings from the drop-down menu.

    Select the three dots in the top-right corner of Google Chrome, then choose Settings from the drop-down menu.

    You can also access Google Chrome's settings by entering chrome://settings in the address bar.

  2. Select Turn off to the right of your name and Google Account image under the You and Google section.

    Select Turn off to the right of your name and Google Account image under the You and Google section.
  3. A pop-up message will appear detailing what will occur once you choose to disable Chrome sync, including the fact that you will be signed out of your Google accounts. Select Turn off to complete the process.

    Select Turn off in the Google Chrome sync settings

    Optionally, check the box beside Clear bookmarks, history, passwords, and more from this device before you select Turn off.

  4. To re-enable sync at any time, return to Chrome's settings and select Turn on sync under the You and Google section. You'll be prompted to enter your Google Account login credentials.

    To re-enable sync at any time, return to the Chrome settings and select Turn on sync under the You and Google section.

Bookmarks, browsing history, stored passwords, and other settings are still available once sync is disabled; however, any changes you make will not be synchronized with your Google Account and therefore will not be available on other devices.

How to Turn Off Sync for Google Chrome on Android

Follow the steps below to turn off Chrome sync on Android smartphones and tablets:

  1. Launch Google Chrome.

  2. Tap the three dots located in the top-right corner of the Chrome app.

  3. Tap Settings when the pop-out menu appears.

    How to access Google Chrome app settings
  4. Tap Sync and Google services at the top of the Settings screen.

  5. Tap the Sync your Chrome data toggle so that it turns from blue to gray. Sync is now disabled on your Android device.

    How to Turn Off Sync for Google Chrome on Android

How to Disable Sync for Google Chrome on iOS

Take these steps to turn off Chrome sync on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices:

  1. Tap the three dots in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

  2. Tap Settings when the pop-out menu appears.

    More menu and Settings
  3. Tap Sync and Google Services.

  4. Tap the Sync toggle so that it turns from blue to white.

    You can choose to sync only specific data like bookmarks, browsing history, and passwords under the Data Types section.

  5. Tap Done in the top-right corner to return to your browsing session with sync disabled.

    Sync and Google Services, Sync switch, Done