How do I control the initial sync direction when adding devices to the chain?

I’m trying to consolidate my browser environment across a few devices, just initialized “Brave Sync” now, but I feel I should confirm a few things before I go any further.

note: I am currently working with just two Windows computers, as of writing this both are running Brave 1.65.123. I do plan to add an Android phone, a MacBook, and an iPad to the sync chain later on.

all I’ve done so far is to enable Sync on my desktop (Windows 10 Pro), and then copy the resulting “Sync Chain Code” words to my laptop (Windows 11 Pro).

upon doing so, I noticed that Sync Settings defaulted to “Customize sync” with only “Bookmarks” enabled. and yes, my bookmarks are now in sync across both devices. but now that both devices are in the same Sync Chain, what happens when I start including other data in the sync?

for example, if I want to sync “Extensions” as well, what happens if I enable this on my desktop first and then after that has synced, enable it on my laptop? I currently have different extensions on these two devices, so will the list of extensions on my laptop be replaced? will the two lists be merged? will Brave prompt me to resolve this by choosing a specific sync direction?

at the same time, could somebody perhaps elaborate on the “25th Sync code word” mentioned in the How do I set up Sync? help center article?

I did not see this note before I enabled sync, not sure if that has any bearing here…

@ZaLiTHkA in regards to “controlling the sync direction,” I’m going to refer you to a topic where we had a bit of a discussion on that. I’ll ask you try to read through that whole topic.

As to 25th word, you’ll want to read my FAQ post on it at Sync is not a backup as I think it will explain it for you.,

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awesome, thank you… guess I’m off to do some reading then. :slight_smile:

alrighty, so once you know how it works, everything is actually pretty logical… I like it. :slight_smile:

FWIW, I never save sensitive information to my browser anyway, I have separate dedicated systems in place for managing things like account login, address, and bank card details. I’m only really interested in this for browser extensions and bookmarks, possibly “saved tab groups” (currently undecided).

so, the Turn on which sync first? thread was a decently interesting read, even if it did seem like you (Saoiray) and Mattches did end up answering the same questions more than once… “Brave Sync” seems to use a “distributed repository” model, similar in a way to Git repositories with auto merging. as a developer, this makes perfect sense.

reading through the Sync is not a backup post (and other posts in the same thread) was also helpful, but it does leave me with just one more question though: I only need to care about that when I’m adding a new device to my sync chain, correct? so it won’t have any bearing on average daily use?

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Yeah. As it kind of explained, the big disconnect is a lot of people held onto codes thinking they could use it whenever they pleased. So the big thing is to highlight how the phrase does change daily and therefore shouldn’t be used or relied upon as a backup.

This only comes into play when you need to add a device to a sync chain where you have to keep in mind that only way to get active sync code is if you have something connected and able to generate that active code.

Beyond that, it has no impact on your normal usage or anything.

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perfect, that clears it all up quite nicely. thank you very much for your time…

I’ve been looking through a bunch of other forum threads now and I must say, you are indeed a “Community Ninja”!