Chromebooks are fast, simple and very convenient. They also stay fresh, as they get constant updates from Google, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it some maintenance. Sometimes you have to give your Chromebook a fresh start, especially when it is starting to have software issues.
The simplest way to take care of business is performing a factory data reset, which also ensures that your private information is safe once you are ready to hand over the laptop to its next owner.
Do remember performing a factory data reset will wipe your computer clean, deleting everything, so make sure you back everything up. Even though most Chromebook features are in the cloud, we know some of you still store some documents locally.
Without further ado, let’s show you how to perform a factory reset on your Chroembook. There are two ways to do this, so cover both.
Factory reset Chroembook using computer settings
- Turn your computer on and unlock it.
- Click on your account picture in the lower-right corner of the screen.
- Go to “Settings”.
- Select “Show advanced settings”.
- There will be a section labeled as “Powerwash”, where you can find the “Reset” option. Click on it.
- Clock on “Restart” and follow the instructions.
- You are all set!
Factory reset Chromebook using hardware keys
- Sign out of your Chromebook.
- Press and hold hte Cntrl, Alt, Shift and R buttons.
- Click on the “Restart” option.
- The computer should restart and show a dialog screen. Click “Reset” and sign in with your Google account.
- Follow instructions and the laptop will do its thing!