How to synchronize (sync) settings in Windows 10

With the synchronized settings option, Windows 10 allows owners of multiple devices to keep system configurations synchronized. This way, you do not need to waste time each time by manually entering theme configurations, browser options, and other settings on all desktops and notebooks that use the same operating system.

Synchronizing settings in Windows 10 means that data is saved online on your Microsoft Windows account so that it can also be recovered from other computers. It is a very useful method when you have several computers with the Windows 10 operating system and you want to have the same settings on all devices, avoiding to do the job for each workstation. In the next image you will see the page that allows you to synchronize the values you choose. However, let’s go step by step and follow our step by step guide which you will find below and find out how easy it is to configure this integrated function.

How to synchronize settings in Windows 10

All you need to take advantage of this useful feature is a Microsoft account and, if you do not have one yet, before proceeding with the process, create one by going to the previous link. To enable synchronization of Windows devices, follow the steps below.

To start, click on the Start button at the bottom left of the screen.

  • Click on the Settings icon with the wheel icon.
  • Click now on Account
  • In the Accounts menu, click Log in with a local Microsoft account and enter information for your account that you previously created. Go to the next point if you do not see this option, in this case it means that you have already logged in.
  • On this same page, on the left bar, click Sync your settings.
  • Activate the switch next to Sync settings. Apply the above steps to other computers with Windows 10 as well.
  • Now you will have the possibility to choose to activate or deactivate some items to be excluded from the synchronization. Now you can easily choose to disable individual settings if you want something not to be synchronized with other devices.

The process that synchronizes settings in Windows 10 is completed. After you’ve enabled Sync settings on other devices, Windows automatically syncs the settings you’ve selected with all other devices with Windows 10. However, you must be logged in with the same Microsoft account on all devices that you want to sync.

What is synchronized with the other devices

The settings you have chosen to sync will also be saved in OneDrive with a free 7GB cloud space, so you can always recover them if you need to format your computer. Among the settings you can choose to synchronize are the browser settings, passwords and colors of the theme. If you also enable Other Windows Settings, the system will synchronize some device settings (mouse and printer options), File Explorer settings, and notification preferences.

In particular, the settings that will be synchronized are these:

  • Customizations: colors, screen background, lock screen, and Microsoft account image.
  • Desktop Customization: Windows themes, backgrounds and taskbar settings.
  • Passwords stored in Internet Explorer, passwords used within applications, the password for the homegroup, or passwords used to connect to other computers or network devices.
  • Accessibility: settings for support tools.
  • Language preferences
  • Application settings such as Mail, Music, Contacts, etc.
  • BrowserInternet Explorer settings, history, favorites etc.

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