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Fixes for Google Chrome Sync Issues for PC Users

Chrome Sync Paused

Common Browser Issues

Google Chrome allows you to sync many pieces of information, including bookmarks and extensions, so that you do not need to transfer or add these to your other devices. However, it is not without its flaws, as evidenced by the fact that many have reported issues with Chrome sync on their computer. To be precise, users have reported the following concerns.

Chrome sync paused: When you sign out of Gmail, Google Chrome will automatically pause sync.

Chrome does not sync bookmarks, extensions, open tabs, or passwords: If you are having this issue, disable your antivirus software and check if that helps.

Chrome Sync error will not go away: If you are constantly getting the sync error on Chrome, you may be able to resolve the issue simply by uninstalling and reinstalling the browser.

Sync Bookmarks Are Not Working: Chrome sync is not working with some users’ bookmarks. If you are having this issue, then you may be able to solve it by updating your sync passphrase.

Read on for detailed troubleshooting steps for each issue in the corresponding order.

Solution for Problem One: Sign Back Into Google Chrome

To resume paused syncing, you need to log into your browser with its username and password. For that, just follow the below steps.

  • Open Google Chrome on your computer.
  • Click on the Menu icon, denoted by three dots, at the top right corner, and choose Settings from the drop-down list.
  • In the settings page, you will see the Sign in again button highlighted in blue color. Click on the button, enter your Google Account credentials, and you are good to go. Chrome will start syncing data to your e-mail account.

Solution Two: Check Your Antivirus Program

If the browser does not sync on your computer, the issue may have to do with your antivirus software. It is essential to have an antivirus installed on your PC, but certain programs can interfere with Google Chrome and cause this error, among many others.

If this is your concern, you may want to disable certain features of the program and see if that helps. When that does not help, disable it fully.

If the problem is still there, then you may need to get rid of the software program as a workaround. The best way to remove it is to use a tool dedicated especially for that purpose. Several companies offer dedicated removal tools for their antivirus programs, so make it a point to try one.

Solution Three: Reinstall Google Chrome

Some users have reported Chrome does not sync on their computer, and that they have managed to resolve the issue by removing and installing it again.

There are many ways to do it, but the best way is to use an uninstaller. It is a special program optimized for uninstalling other ones. Unlike a normal uninstall process, an uninstaller will get rid of all registry entries and files associated with the program you are trying to remove. Therefore, it will be fully removed from Windows.

Solution Four: Reset Your Passphrase, and Create a New One

Some users say, sometimes Chrome does not sync on their Windows 10 PC, and that it has something to do with their passphrase. However, you can resolve this issue by resetting it from Google Dashboard. For that, just follow the steps mentioned below.

  • Go to the “Sync” page of the Google Chrome website.
  • Scroll down the page and find and click on the RESET SYNC button, highlighted in blue.

Chrome Sync Button

  • Then, click on the Ok button to confirm the reset. Resetting will clear your synced data from the servers of Google. Doing it will not delete data from your devices, though. You will still be able to start synchronizing by logging back into Chrome with your Google Account credentials on your devices.

If you have configured the passphrase on a PC, then you have to use the corresponding one on all your devices to sync Google Chrome data. The process of changing sync passphrase on Chrome does not work like changing Gmail passwords. Technically, you can only create a new passphrase on Chrome. To set a new passphrase in place of the old one, first you need to reset sync as mentioned above. To create your own new passphrase, and encrypt your synchronized data with it, follow the steps mentioned below.

  • Type chrome://settings on the browser’s address bar, and press the Enter
  • Scroll down the new page and click on Advanced to access more options.
  • Click on Sync and Google Services.

Sync And Google Services

  • In the new page, click on the checkbox or radio button starting with the line “Encrypt synced data with your own sync passphrase”.

Google Sync Data

  • Type the new one in Passphrase and Confirm passphrase boxes, and click on the Save
  • Log into your other devices with Google Chrome.

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