lenovo chromebook duet hero
lenovo chromebook duet hero


Google Chrome syncs a lot of data, including an increasingly useful password manager, across your devices. This is arguably one of the things that makes Google Chrome so useful. The service is called, creatively enough, Google Sync. Google Sync synchronizes data across all of your phones, tablets, and desktops, including your bookmarks, history, open tabs, passwords, payment information, and more. You may be thinking, “That’s a lot of personal information,” and you are right. You may also be wondering how you can protect this data from Google yourself.

The good news is that you can tell Google to encrypt all of your data, including Google’s, by setting up a passphrase. Once you do this, all your data will be encrypted except on other devices with your Google account. The better news is that Google no longer sees this information, not even the passphrase.

The bad news is this is a one-way street. Once you’ve set up the passphrase and you change your mind or forget your passphrase, you’ll need to reset sync which means it will erase all of your previously saved data. Needless to say, you are proceeding with caution.

There are also other restrictions. You’ll need to enter your passphrase on any Google device that you set up in the future. You will also need to enter your passphrase on each device that you are currently signed in to. Google Feed will no longer show you stories based on your web history. You cannot view your saved passwords on the web (passwords.google.com) or use Smart Lock on your Android devices. After all, all of your browsing history will not be synced between devices. Only web addresses that you enter in Chrome’s address bar will be synced.

That’s a lot of caveats, but if you want to continue anyway, here are the steps.

How to set up a sync passphrase in Chrome for desktop

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the upper right corner of the browser, click the three dots next to your profile photo.
  3. click the settings. Note: If you’re using a Chromebook, the steps are the same from this point on. All you have to do is click on the clock> the settings from the lower right corner of ChromeOS.

    Desktop Chrome Sync Passphrase Ss

    Source: Adam Doud / Android Central

  4. click Sync and Google services.

    Desktop Chrome Sync Passphrase Ss

    Source: Adam Doud / Android Central

  5. click Encryption options to expand this menu downwards.

    Desktop Chrome Sync Passphrase Ss

    Source: Adam Doud / Android Central

  6. Press the Encrypt synchronized data … Radio button.

  7. Enter your passphrase and confirm it in the second field. click to save.

    Desktop Chrome Sync Passphrase Ss

    Source: Adam Doud / Android Central

How to set up a sync passphrase on your Android or iOS phone or tablet

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Tap the three dots in the top right corner.
  3. Tap the settings.
  4. Tap Synchronize.

    Chrome mobile sync passphrase Ss

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  5. Tap Encryption.

  6. Tap the Encrypt synchronized data … Radio button.
  7. Enter your passphrase and confirm it in the second line. Then tap to save.

    Chrome mobile sync passphrase Ss

    Chrome mobile sync passphrase SsChrome mobile sync passphrase SsSource: Adam Doud / Android Central

That’s it! You set up your passphrase. It’s worth repeating that the only way to undo this is to delete all of the data synced up to this point, so be sure and don’t forget. Don’t forget about the other caveats listed above. Then decide for yourself whether it’s worth a little more security.

Passphrase on ChromeOS

Lenovo Chromebook Duet

Lenovo duet

Chrome tablet convertible

You can also set a passphrase on ChromeOS, and when you do, the Lenovo Duet is a great device to get familiar with. With the keyboard and case right in the box, you can quickly switch from streaming to productivity. This tablet also has 128 GB of storage and full Android app compatibility.

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