How to sync your Windows 10 and 11 settings across multiple PCs


Do you have multiple Windows 10 or 11 computers? You can keep separate settings on each device, but both versions of Microsoft’s operating system also offer ways to sync your devices if you want. You can sync your desktop theme, some passwords, language preferences, and other settings. This not only ensures that your settings are the same on every Windows computer or tablet, but backs them up so you won’t lose them if a device fails.

The steps to sync your settings differ between Windows 10 and Windows 11. Here’s how to do it in both versions of Windows.

First, you’ll need to use the same Microsoft account to sign in to each Windows 10 and 11 device you want to sync. If you don’t already have a Microsoft account, create one on the Microsoft account page. Then sign in to Windows 10 or 11 using your new account.

Windows 10 syncs your settings

In Windows 10, go to Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings. By default, the settings sync option is enabled, but you can disable it completely or selectively disable it for each setting. Let’s keep all the settings enabled at this point and go through each one so you can figure out which ones you want to sync and which ones you don’t.

The first setting is Theme. Your theme consists of a desktop background image, display color, sound, and screen saver. The idea here is that instead of selecting individual backgrounds, colors, sounds, and screensaver, you choose a single theme that incorporates all of these elements in one go. To view and apply a theme, go to Settings > Personalization > Themes > Theme Settings. You can apply an existing theme from those built into Windows 10 or download other themes from Microsoft’s desktop themes website.

the Passwords setting synchronizes credentials for certain websites and Windows applications.

The third decor Language preferencesapplies to the spelling dictionary and other settings for the language or languages ​​you use in Windows.

The fourth parameter, Other Windows Settingsseems vague, but it covers options like installed apps, connected printers, and your mouse cursor size and color.

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Windows 11 Sync your settings

Windows 11 sync settings

Syncing your settings is trickier in Windows 11 because Microsoft has moved the option to another location and hidden the various settings so you can’t easily find them.

In Windows 11, go to Settings > Accounts > Windows Backup. Click on the entry to Remember my preferences. To turn off all syncs, turn off the Remember my preferences switch. Alternatively, you can selectively disable switches for passwords, language preferences, and other Windows settings.

Note that there is no option to sync your theme. For some reason Microsoft removed this feature in Windows 11, but at least you can still sync the other three content types.

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