Google to Split Sync Settings for Chrome and Chrome OS

Google recently split the Settings app for Chrome and Chrome OS. The operating system and the browser now have two separate settings pages. Continuing this strategy, the team is working on splitting sync settings as well.

Split Sync Settings

Chrome OS is currently testing split sync settings behind a flag:

Split OS and browser sync – Allows OS sync to be configured separately from browser sync. Changes the OS settings UI to provide controls for OS data types. Requires #split-settings to be enabled. – Chrome OS

Here is how Chrome OS Sync Settings before the flag is enabled:

Chrome OS Sync Settings Before Split

Chrome Browser Sync Settings After Split

Here is how the new (and work in progress) Sync Settings page looks like:

Sync Settings – After Split

The updated list only has three items as of now. This list might change as this feature is available in the Stable channel.

  • Play Store apps
  • Settings
  • Printers

Here is the updated sync settings from the Chrome browser settings:

Chrome Browser Sync Split
  • Apps
  • Bookmarks
  • Extensions
  • History
  • Settings
  • Themes& Wallpapers
  • Open Tabs
  • Passwords
  • Addresses, phone numbers, and more
  • Payment methods and addresses using Google Pay

Both pages will have a main toggle to turn sync on or off. The Chrome OS app still has a placeholder for this toggle. The team seems to be working on a better name for this option.

Do you think this will improve user experience on Chrome and Chromebooks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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