Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Synchronising Google Chrome

I still have no idea why I had this problem, but I have noticed that over the past year, all my devices using Google Chrome stopped synchronising at different times. That totalled two PCs, one laptop, and one phone. I would notice the lack of syncing on one of the peripheral devices when I was out, then often forget to have a look for the problem when I was back at home base. 

However, from time to time I would remember to do a search, but would run into a problem with the synchronise. That was: how would I know which version would synchronise across the others? I didn't want to end up synchronising a version of Chrome which was not THE master version. I wanted all the peripheral devices to be the same as home base; to set one master and three slaves.

Searching for a solution to this master and slave element took me a while, but at last I have managed to crack it. The master device is the one that is logged into first. To do that, we do the following:
  • On the Master device, back up the Chrome elements we definitely want to keep by pasting the following address into our Windows search box on the task bar 
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data|Default 
  • Copy the files to another folder. I saved Bookmarks, Last Session, and History
  • Log out of Chrome on ALL devices
  • Open Chrome on device containing the Master version. 
  • At the top right, click Profile Profile.
  • Sign in to your Google Account
  • To sync Chrome across all our devices, click Turn on sync and thenTurn on
  • Give it an hour or so, then log into all the peripheral (slave) devices.
But remember: do this on the Master device!



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