Windows 10 operating comes loaded with the Sync Setting feature. This feature enables you to synchronize the Windows 10 settings on your PC with other Windows 10 devices. The only requirement is that you must be signed in with the same Microsoft account on all the devices. Although the Windows 10 Sync feature is a very useful one as it saves you a lot of time by applying the exact same settings on multiple Windows 10 devices, it could face unexpected troubles. One of the issues it faces is when the Sync Setting gets greyed out in the Windows 10 Settings menu.
If you too are facing the Windows 10 Sync Settings greyed out issue on your PC, you are not alone. Many users have reported this issue troubling them. Here are a few solutions that you must try to get rid of it.
How to Fix Sync Settings Greyed Out Issue in Windows 10
Solution 1: Run Microsoft Accounts Troubleshooter
The Sync Settings in Windows 10 is closely related to Microsoft Accounts. Any issue with Microsoft Accounts on your Windows 10 PC could be causing the Sync your settings options to be greyed out. Before you go about looking for issues on your PC, it is highly recommended to run the Microsoft Accounts Troubleshooter. Now, this troubleshooter does not come built-in with Windows 10 operating system. You will have to download it manually from Microsoft’s website.
Click here to download the Microsoft Accounts Troubleshooter on your PC. Once the file has been downloaded, run the troubleshooter by double-clicking on the downloaded file; you do not need to install the troubleshooter.
Once you do that, the above interface will open on your PC. Here, click on the Next button.
The troubleshooter will begin looking for issues on your PC that could be causing the Sync settings to be greyed out in the Settings menu. If this tool detects any problem with Microsoft Accounts and settings related to it, an automatic repair will be carried out accordingly.
After the repair, close down the Microsoft Accounts Troubleshooter and restart your PC. After your PC boots up, see whether the Sync settings are still greyed out.
Solution 2: Enable Sync in Local Group Policy Editor
It might be possible that the Sync could be disabled on your PC. You can launch the Local Group Policy Editor utility on your PC and enable Sync settings from there. In the following section, you will get to know about the steps required:
Step 1: Launch Local Group Policy Editor on your computer. To do so, press the Win + R keys. The Run dialog box will open. Here, type gpedit.msc and press the Enter key.
Step 2: The Local Group Policy Editor window will open. Here, go to the following location on the left panel:
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Sync your settings
Go to the right panel now and double click on the Do not sync option.
Step 3: The Do not sync properties window will open. Here, make sure that the Not configured or Disabled options are selected. If the Enabled option is selected, select the Disabled option and save the settings. After making the changes, close down the Local Group Policy Editor, and do not forget to restart your PC.
After the reboot, go to the Settings app and check whether you are able to view the Sync settings option now.
Solution 3: Sign in to Windows 10 with Another Microsoft Account
It might be the case that the Microsoft Account in use on your PC has some issues. If the above solutions do not work, go ahead and try to sign in with a different Microsoft Account. When you do that, you will need to sign in with the new account you signed in with on other Windows 10 PC where you need the settings to be synced. In the next section, you will find the steps to sign in to Windows 10 with a different Microsoft Account:
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your PC. For this, press the Win + I buttons. In the Settings app interface, click on the Accounts option.
Step 2: On the Accounts settings interface, go to the left pane. Here, select the Email and app accounts option. Now, on the left pane, click on the following option: Add a Microsoft account
On the following screens, follow the on-screen instructions and fill up the fields to sign in with a new Microsoft Account on your Windows 10 PC.
Once you have successfully signed in with the new account, go to the Sync settings and see if the options are still greyed out. If yes, try to give your PC a restart and check again.
If you are able to view the sync settings in your Windows 10 PC, go ahead and sign in with the same Microsoft Account on the other Windows 10 PC where you need to sync the Windows 10 settings.
Solution 4: Make Changes in the Feedback & Diagnostics Settings
If none of the above solutions helped you, here is a fix that could help you as it has a number of other users facing similar trouble. In this fix, you will be applying some changes to the Feedback and Diagnostics settings in your Windows 10 PC. After applying this setting, you can check whether the sync settings in your computer is gryed out still.
Here are the steps that you can follow:
Step 1: Press the Win + I keys on your PC to launch the Settings app. Here, go ahead and make a selection on the Privacy option.
Step 2: Next up, select the Feedback & diagnostics option from the left panel of the settings app. Then, go to the right section and select the option with the Full option by clicking on the respective radio button.
Now, close the Settings app on your PC and give it a restart. After the restart, check the sync settings on your PC if they are greyed out.
Sync Settings in Windows 10 can really be helpful with applying the same settings across multiple Windows 10 devices. If the sync settings in your PC was greyed out, i hope on eof the above solutions helped you out with it. If you are still not able to access the sync settings in your Windows 10 PC, do let us know in the comments section below.