How to Stop Windows 10 from Syncing Themes Between PCs

This quick tip will show you how to set up different themes and wallpapers on your various Windows 10 devices.

If you’re running Windows 10 on multiple PCs and using the same Microsoft account, you have probably noticed that your settings and themes are following you. However, maybe you want a different theme on your laptop, desktop, or tablet.

Here’s a look at how to stop the latest version of Windows from syncing your theme between devices.

Windows 10: Disable Syncing Themes

If you would rather have unique themes to differentiate your PCs, you can. Here’s how.

Go to Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings.

Windows 10 Settings stop synching themes

From the right-hand pane, select Individual sync settings. Toggle the Theme setting to off.
Windows 10 Individual sync settings

That’s all there is to it!

Now, you can choose different themes on your different Windows 10 machines, even if your computers are linked by your Microsoft Account. If you want to go even more extreme, you can set up your multiple Windows 10 devices independently by creating a local account. When you use a local account, none of your settings will sync across computers.

For more on Windows 10 themes, make sure you check out our other articles. As Andre covered earlier, you can now install themes from the Windows Store after installing the Windows 10 Creators Update. This is a departure from the previous method for installing wallpaper themes in Windows 10 from the Control Panel. Allowing you to get themes from the Windows Store is a step toward more user-friendly customization, rather than treating it like an advanced “under the hood” feature.

How are you liking Windows 10’s latest theme updates? Let us know in the comments.

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