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What is synchronization?

Synchronization is the ability to save your main browser settings and personal data on a special Yandex server including bookmarks, passwords, history , autofill forms, extensions, and open tabs. All information is transmitted to the Yandex server over a secure channel. Only encoded passwords are sent. Access to your data on the server is protected by the same authorization system as on other Yandex services.

Syncing lets you:

  • Save browser settings even if your computer fails.
  • Open the browser with your personal settings on any computer or mobile device.
  • Call phone numbers found in the internet, without dialing them on your phone (see Push to Call).

You can turn off syncing or adjust the list of data to sync at any time when using the browser.

How often is data synced?

After you turn on syncing, it is performed each time you change data that is stored on the server. For example, you added a bookmark on your smartphone. The browser sends it to the server and simultaneously downloads any changes you have made on other devices since the last time your smartphone was synced.

How do I enable syncing?

Attention! If your browser has multiple profiles, make sure you are in your own profile before syncing (otherwise you might mix your settings and data with data from someone else's profile that is currently active).

To sync browser data, you need to have a Yandex account. There are two ways to sign in:

Two-factor authentication offers greater account security than traditional passwords (which are complicated, have to be remembered, kept out of the reach of third-parties, frequently changed, etc.) Even if you take all these steps to protect your traditional password, it is still vulnerable to things like viruses that record your keystrokes. With 2FA, protecting your account is much simpler: you just need to remember a four-digit PIN code and have access to a smartphone or tablet where you have installed the Yandex.Key app with your account.

To turn on syncing:

  1. Click  Sync.
  2. On the Syncing page, enter your Yandex username and password. If you haven't registered on Yandex yet, click the link Create account in the same window, and follow the instructions.

  3. Click the Enable syncing button.
  4. Click the link Change settings and indicate which settings should be synced.

    Note that at this point the browser offers to install an app for accessing , a service that lets you store files on Yandex servers for free. If you have already installed this app, the browser prompts you to turn it on, so you will be able to store browser files on Yandex.Disk.

  5. Click Close.

To enable syncing:

  1. Click  Sync.
  2. Open the Yandex.Key app (which you can get from the App Store or Google Play) on your smartphone.
  3. On the Sync page enter your username and one-time password from the Yandex.Key app.
    Note. If you haven't registered on Yandex yet, click the Create account link and follow the instructions. After registering, disable two-factor authentication.
  4. Click the Enable syncing button.
  5. Click the link Change settings and indicate which settings should be synced.

    At this point the browser offers to install an app for accessing , a service that lets you store files on Yandex servers for free. If you have already installed this app, the browser prompts you to turn it on, so you will be able to store browser files on Yandex.Disk.

  6. Click Close.

Note. The first time you turn on device syncing, it may take from several minutes to half an hour. The data is downloaded gradually to avoid slowing down the browser.

Changing the list of data to sync

To change synchronization parameters:

  1. Click  Sync.
  2. Click Show settings.
  3. In the Syncing section, turn on just the data that needs to be synced.

Deleting synchronized data

To delete all synchronized data:

  1. Click  Sync.
  2. Click the link delete.
  3. In the Would you like to delete this information? window, click Yes, delete to confirm deleting all the account data from the synchronization server.

Disabling syncing

To turn off syncing:

  1. Click  Sync.
  2. Click the Disable button.
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