Good Signals: Razer Synapse 3 Nixes Login Requirement

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Everyone has their own preferences for their peripherals. Razer Synapse 3 is supposed to make it easier to manage all those settings, from device profiles to macros, but the app's dependence on a Razer account probably limited its ability to reach everyone who could benefit from using it. That shouldn't be a problem anymore, because TechRadar reported today that using Synapse no longer requires an account.

Synapse's previous reliance on an online account made sense--at least for Razer. Part of the program's appeal is the ability to keep settings in sync across multiple systems, and when most people think of cross-device sync, they probably think of cloud-based solutions. Requiring people to create accounts to use Synapse also let Razer collect email addresses and other information that could assist its marketing efforts.

But the latest version of Synapse has always been positioned as somewhat cloud-optional. It can use a given peripheral's onboard storage to offer cross-device sync, and because that's the app's entire purpose, the online component is less "Synapse can only work if it's connected to the internet" and more "Razer only wants Synapse to work if someone creates an online account." That distinction's important.

Now it seems that Razer has changed things up. TechRadar reported that Synapse offers a guest login option that lets people manage their peripherals without creating an account or having an internet connection. This option was also said to be coming to the Razer Cortex game launcher, so the new approach should make it easier for many Razer customers to maintain their privacy, not just those using Synapse.

The guest login option's release was part of a phased rollout, according to TechRadar, so it might not appear for all Synapse users right away. Razer doesn't appear to have mentioned the change on its website or social media accounts. We've reached out to the company for more information about when the guest login option became available, why it was introduced, and where else it might appear in future.