Google Chrome offers optional user data synchronization feature, which syncs all open tabs, bookmarks, browsing history, installed extensions and apps, custom settings, saved passwords etc. across multiple devices. While the Mozilla is still struggling to improve sync feature of Firefox, Chrome Sync works brilliantly, and syncs data 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.