How To Sync Your Settings For A Smoother Experience On Windows

If you’re constantly switching between multiple Windows devices, you know how annoying it can be to set your preferred language, and browser settings, and type in your passwords every time. Fortunately, Windows has a built-in feature that can synchronize your settings across multiple computers for a smoother experience.

In this article, we’ll take a look at how you can sync your settings for Windows 10 and 11, and if you can sync Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices.

How to Enable Windows Sync

To sync your settings in Windows 11, press Win + I to bring up Settings and go to Accounts. Then, select Windows Backup. As you can see, there are three categories that you can sync across your devices.

  • OneDrive folder syncing. Windows will back up your OneDrive files and folder
  • Remember my apps. With this option enabled, Windows will help you install your apps on new devices. Keep in mind it only works for apps installed using the Microsoft Store.
  • Remember my preferences. You can sync passwords and language preferences. If you select the Other Windows settings option, Windows will sync File Explorer and notification settings, and device settings.

If you hadn’t signed in using a Microsoft account, the sync settings might be grayed out.

The process is quite similar to Windows 10. You can select which one of your account settings to sync from Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings.

Unlike Windows 11, you also have the Theme option. This includes your colors, sounds, and screensaver, amongst other settings.

Can You Sync Windows 10 and Windows 11 Devices?

You can sync your Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices as long as you’ve signed in using the same Microsoft account on both devices. If you don’t have a Microsoft account or forgot the password, you can create a new account.

Also, you need to activate Windows on both devices, so you can configure different personalization settings such as background, themes, screensaver, and so on.

How to Stop Syncing Your Settings

In case you decide to stop syncing your settings across your Windows devices, go through the above steps and turn off Windows backup settings on every synced device. Then, go to Microsoft devices settings, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click Clear stored settings.

Sync Your Windows Devices

Now you know how you can sync your preferences across multiple Windows devices. The process isn’t complicated and will save you time.

If you’re still using your old computer because you’ve stored on it important files, you can learn about how to transfer files from one computer to another to simplify your work.

Happy learning!