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Can you please help me figure out how my work computer is linked to my cell phone, so I can "un-link" them?

Asked by jca (36043points) February 3rd, 2015

When I search for things on my work computer, I will then look at my cell phone and see the things I searched for under “recent searches.”

I downloaded Google Chrome on the work computer. I also use a Gmail email address in it (for a work group email blasts that we used to send out) but I have not accessed that account in over a year. The cell phone is only about 6 months old and the Gmail email has never been accessed from it.

I have 3 personal email addresses on the cell phone that I receive email for, but none of those are my work email (which is a governmental email address). I can’t check my work email on my cell phone.

Could it be that the Google Chrome has an email address that is one of my three, and that’s how the cell phone knows what’s searched on the work computer?

I have no real secrets to hide, but it creeps me out when I search for something on the work computer and then I get into my car and see the same searches showing up on the phone.

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JLeslie's avatar

Now that I have an iphone and that icloud thingy it’s bazaar how my ipad and iphone link up some things.

You can try to disable the email you are talking about on your phone or computer and see if that resolves the problem. Just go to settings and get rid of that email. Before you do I would wait for more tech savvy jellies to answer obviously.


hominid's avatar

To be clear – when you are at work and using Chrome, you are not logged into any Google services using the personal Google account(s) associated with your phone? And your phone does not have an account configured for that work-related Google account? It looks like this, right…

- Google account #1 (personal, configured on phone)
– Google account #2 (personal, configured on phone)
– Google account #3 (personal, configured on phone)
– Google account #4 (work-related, used for group email blasts only, not configured on phone)

When you open up Chrome at work and go to, are you signed in under any account (see upper right)? If you are, and it happens to be #1 – #3, this is your “problem”. Logout.

If not, check to see what you account you are logged into Chrome under. Go to settings (chrome://settings) and see if it says at the top “signed in as ____”. If it’s one of those 3 personal emails, click “disconnect your google account”.

jca's avatar

I tried several things with the Google profile and Google Chrome settings. Then I just went to the Google profile (maybe it was Google Plus) and I just deleted the whole thing. I did some test searches prior to that and they were still showing up on phone. Since deleting the entire profile, I searched again and it’s not showing up on my phone at all. When I deleted the profile I had to explain why I was doing so, so I was honest.

hominid's avatar

That’s too bad. I was really curious which account you were logged into in and the Chrome settings. Either way, it was just a matter of clicking “log out” in one of those.

jca's avatar

@hominid: I believe the one I was logged into was Account #4 (work related, used for group email blasts only). However, the cell phone number linked to the account was plugged in. When I went to the settings menu and clicked on “disable” for all these things, I tested it by searching and still had it show up on my phone, which was really frustrating. I then logged out of the account and the searches still showed up. It was actually kind of scary. Again, not that I have anything to hide, but it was like I’m disabling this and it’s still linked somehow. So then I decided screw this, and I disabled the whole thing.

bomyne's avatar

Are you using an Android device, or are you using an iPhone running the Chrome app?

AnthonyAReese's avatar

If I an using ios OS so I can use it.

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