I use Google Chrome all over the place, and have Chrome Sync set up so I can see what tabs I have open on my other devices.

Problem is, one of those devices doesn't exist anymore. It was a VM which I deleted last week, so there's no way to open that instance of Chrome and turn off Chrome Sync anymore.

Am I stuck with this entry in my Other Devices menu for eternity, or is there a way to remove it without completely destroying all my sync data?

Screenshot of Other Devices menu


Google hasn't fixed this issue yet, but there is one way around it.

So far, this is the only way to remove a device from the “Other Devices” list on the new tab page. You'll have to use Google Chrome for Android to achieve your goal:

  1. Launch Google Chrome on an Android device.
  2. Go to "Other Devices".
  3. Long press on the device you wish to remove.
  4. Click the "Remove" button.
  • 2
    That's disappointing. I don't even have any Android devices. Aug 2 '12 at 18:42
  • You could get Android to run on your computer, but I suggest you simply use another person's Android device (smartphone or tablet) to install Google Chrome browser, connect to your Google account and do the following.
    – amiregelz
    Aug 2 '12 at 21:53
  • 1
    Interesting find... the remove on the android chrome also impacts your entire account, so you will stop seeing the device everywhere.
    – haridsv
    Feb 9 '13 at 7:16
  • I managed to do this on Chrome for iOS and it worked a charm. Thanks.
    – alimbada
    Apr 23 '15 at 15:34
  • Where is this "Other Devices" that I'm supposed to go to? I see nothing named "Other Devices" anywhere in Chrome on Android. Not on the menu and not in the Settings.
    – Tim Eckel
    Feb 23 '16 at 17:11

Around a week after I posted the question, the entry in the Other Devices menu disappeared on its own.

While it's not the most elegant solution, in the end it worked: Just wait a while, and the device will eventually go away.

  • 1
    I had a device around 10 days old listed. I just used @amiregelz solution, so I don't know how long the item would have lasted, but certainly more than a week. Feb 1 '13 at 7:55
  • 1
    Devices "age out" after about two weeks.
    – dgw
    Feb 9 '13 at 3:54
  • @CoatedMoose OP said 10 days after posting the question so 10 days (from screenshot) + 1 week = 17 days.
    – qwertzguy
    Nov 24 '13 at 6:00
  • I still see some devices that I haven't used over 1 year, so the "aging out" is not happening.
    – musiphil
    Aug 21 '14 at 19:52

Solution from @amiregelz also works on Chrome for iOS now. Same way:

  1. Open Chrome for iOS

  2. Go to the tab for other device:

  3. Long press on the device you wish to remove

  4. Click the "Remove" button

  • I can confirm this. Works great for me!!
    – daviesgeek
    Jan 17 '14 at 17:40

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