Applies to

Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1.


Sync your settings and favorites

When you use your free Microsoft account to sign in, apps and settings can follow you from PC to PC.


A Microsoft account —an email address and password—enables you to sign in to any PC or Surface running Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1. When you sign in with a Microsoft account, your PC is connected to the cloud, and many of the settings, preferences, and apps associated with your account will appear everywhere you go.

Benefits of using a Microsoft account

  • Your personal settings are automatically synced online and between the Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 PCs you use. This includes stuff like your themes, language preferences, browser favorites and history, and content for Microsoft apps and services.
  • Your friends’ contact info automatically stay up to date from places like Outlook, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
  • You can get to and share your photos, documents, and other files from places like OneDrive (formerly called SkyDrive), Facebook, and Flickr.
  • You can browse, buy, and download apps from the Windows Store, and use them on PCs running Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1.

Choose which settings sync across PCs

Important
Syncing or sending data across a mobile broadband connection could result in extra charges. For more info, see Manage your mobile broadband data use.
Step 1: Sign in with your Microsoft account.
Step 2: To find out if you already have a Microsoft account, or to set one up, see All about Microsoft accounts.
Step 3: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and then tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Settings.)
Step 4: Tap or click Change PC settings.
Step 5: Tap or click OneDrive, and then tap or click Sync settings.
Step 6: Tap or click Sync your settings on this PC to turn it on.
Step 7: Turn on the settings that you want to sync.
Tip

For help deciding which settings to sync, see Sync settings between PCs with OneDrive.


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