Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sync your saved passwords, bookmarks / favourites and history across all your computers and devices

The scenario
I have a computer that I use at work, an Android phone that I use all the time, an iPad that I use at home and I also occasionally use other computers when visiting family or have to 'lend' my computer to someone else at work.

The problem
I'm crap at remembering passwords; when I'm at home I can't remember the logins and passwords that I've been using at work and vice versa.  I also seem to forget which websites I regularly use and often have to trawl back through my browsing / searching history to remind myself what useful information I've found over the previous weeks and months.

The solution
I use Google Chrome!  You may already have the Google Chrome browser on your computer, and if not then I'd recommend you take a look at it; it's fast and doesn't bloat around like a sumo wrestler with trapped wind the way that Internet Explorer (IE) does.  What you might not know is that there are now Google Chrome browser apps for Android phones and tables as well as for iPhones and iPads.  All you need to sync your passwords and all other browser data across all your devices is Google Chrome on each of your devices and a Google Account.  Here's how it works:

How to sync your browser data (logins etc) across multiple computers / devices.


  1. If you don't already have one then grab yourself a Google Account at http://www.google.com/accounts
  2. Download and install the Google Chrome browser on each of your devices.
  3. When opening Chrome on each of your devices for the first time 'sign in' using your Google Account details.  You may need to click the three horizontal lines in the top right hand corner of the software in order to find the login link.
  4. That's it!  Now you should have the same saved usernames and passwords on each of your devices.  Marvellous!