How to Disable Microsoft Edge Profile Sync

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to enable or disable Microsoft Edge browser profile sync.

The new Microsoft Edge browser has adopted the Chromium open source project code base and offers better web compatibility and performance over the legacy edge.

Edge browser is a cross-platform which supports all of Windows, MacOS and Linux systems. If you’re currently using Microsoft Edge and want to learn how to enable or disable its new Edge sleeping tabs feature, the steps below should show you how to do it.

With Edge, you can sign in with a profile using Microsoft account, work/school or your personal email account. When you sign in with a browser profile, it allows you to sync your browsing data across all your other devices using Microsoft Edge.

Data that are signed across your device are encrypted in transit over HTTPS when transferred between the browser and Microsoft servers. The data is also stored in an encrypted state in Microsoft servers to protect your privacy and personal information.

By default, when you install Edge on a new device, it opens with a default profile called Profile 1. The default profile won’t sync because it is not associated with user.

To sign in, open Edge and click on the blank image space as shown below. Click the Sign in button or choose to create a profile from the link.

When you sign in using the same email address across all your device, you’re asked if you want to sync Edge data across all your other device.

If you say yes, all Edge browsing data are signed across to your other device.

Turn off Syncing

What if you don’t want to sync your data? The steps below show you how to disable syncing of your Edge browsing data across other devices.

Open Edge and click on the three horizontal dots ( … ) at the top corner of your screen. Then choose Settings as shown in the image below.

Go go Profiles on the left menu items and click Sync on the right panel. From there you can choose to disable or turn off browser sync.

Of you can simply type the line below into Edge address box to go straight to browser sync.

edge://settings/profiles/sync

Turn off sync to stop syncing your data.

If you want to keep on sync but stop syncing passwords, simply to turn off Passwords sync only.

Disable browser sync

If you want to disable browser sync, you can use Windows registry. This policy also prevents the sync consent prompt from appearing.

If you’re logged in as an administrator, you can also completely disable browser sync via Windows registry. To do that, use the steps below:

Using Windows registry is one way to force all users on the system to not use browser sync. There are multiples ways to do this in Windows, however, using Windows registry is the easiest and most effective way to do it.

To enable, press the Windows Key + on your keyboard to open the run command box. Or use the search function to search for the Run app.

In the command box, type the commands below and press Enter.

regedit

Then the registry opens, navigate to the path below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge

From there, right-click on the Edge key and select the New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option to create a REG_DWORD value if you don’t see existing SyncDisabled value already created.

Name the new DWORD value as

SyncDisabled

After saving the DWORD above, double-click it to open. Then enter the value of 1 to enable.

(delete) = Default
1 = Always disabled

That should do it!

When disabled, no profile will be able to sync data on the system. You’ll see a message that your organization has turned off syncing for this device.

That’s it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to disable browser sync with Microsoft Edge. If you find any error above please use the comment form below to report.

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