Updated: 06/22/2018 by Computer Hope

Sync may refer to any of the following:


1. In general, sync or synch is short for "synchronize" and refers to an exchange between multiple devices or programs making the data on all devices identical. For example, you may use Google Chrome to share your bookmarks, passwords, and browser settings between multiple computers.

2. When referring to hardware, sync is connecting a peripheral, like a smartphone, to a computer. This process also involves updating any information that differs on either of the two devices. Syncing keeps a device's data backed up and up-to-date.

3. Sync is also used to describe Microsoft's ActiveSync.

4. With Windows Sysinternals, Sync is a utility that flushes cached data to disk.

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