I am using Sharepoint 2013 Enterprise with an administration user. The option "User Profile Synchronization Service" is missing in Central Admin/Manage Service Applications

Do you know why? Thanks

  • Have you created the service application? Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 12:40
  • Do you mean the User Profile Service Application ? Yes that is started
    – Gyonder
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 13:14

2 Answers 2


The User Profile Synchronization Service is not listed in Central Admin/Manage Service Applications.

Instead you find it under Central Admin / System Settings / Manage services on server.

Beware that you need to run Internet Explorer as administrator, or use the Central Administration launcher on the server, to be able to see this menu option

  • Before asking you can also search on google for where the actual location for service.
    – Ankur
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 18:18
  • +1 for stating the administrative part. you have to run as admin else some options may be missing as it's most unwanted thing for microsoft windows.
    – Ankur
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 18:20
  • Is it tied to a specific version of SP2013? I don't see it in the "Services on Server" page and I'm a local admin and farm admin, running IE as an administrator. Don't see it via the Central Admin launcher either. The last entry I see is "SharePoint Server Search".
    – TylerH
    Commented Mar 30, 2021 at 15:16

If missing on "Services on Server" - run in powershell:

Add-PSSnapin microsoft.sharepoint.powershell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue


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