Chrome’s cross-device sync feature is one of the things that makes it so popular, but it’s not without problems. For example, you may not like Google having all of your browser data. Thankfully, you can encrypt your synced data by adding a passcode.
What is Chrome Sync?
Here is all the information that Chrome saves in your Google account with sync enabled:
- History and open tabs
- Payment information
- Names, addresses and telephone numbers
- Settings and preferences
All of this data is backed up to your Google account, which means that the search giant has access to it too. You can create a sync passphrase to encrypt this data so that Google can’t read it.
The sync passphrase can be configured from Chrome on the Windows 10 or Mac, iPhone, iPad or Android desktop. We will start on the desktop.
I notify: you will need to reset Chrome sync if you choose to turn off the passphrase. All Chrome data associated with your account will be deleted.
Add a sync passphrase in Chrome on Windows and Mac
First, select the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner of the Google Chrome web browser and choose “Settings” from the menu.
Then, click on ‘Sync and Google Services’ in the ‘You and Google’ section.
Note: Synchronization must be enabled to proceed.
Expand “Encryption Options” by clicking on the arrow at the bottom right.
Click the radio button “Encrypt synchronized data with your sync passphrase”.
After clicking the button, two text boxes will appear below. Enter a passphrase in the first box and confirm it in the second. Click “Save” when done.
That’s all. The passphrase will now be required every time you log into a new Chrome browser and enable syncing.
Add a sync passphrase in Chrome on Android, iPhone and iPad
The process is very similar on Android, iPhone and iPad. First, open the Chrome mobile web browser, tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right or bottom right corner, then select “Settings”.
- Then, tap “Sync and Google services” at the top of the menu.
- Now select “Manage Synchronization”. Make sure sync is enabled before doing this.
- At the bottom of the screen, select “Encryption”.
- Choose “Encrypt synced data with your sync passphrase”.
Enter a passphrase in the first text box and enter it again in the second box. When finished, tap “Save” or “Send”.
Are you done!